What really counts (for righteousness)?

When Abram dialogs with God about him being childless, God takes him out (of his tent most likely) and asks him to look toward heaven and count the stars that he saw (which could not be counted), telling Abram, that his descendants shall be like those stars, innumerable. The Bible does not tell us if Abram attempted to count the stars, but it does tell us that Abram believed God, and it was counted to him for righteousness.

God asked Abram to count and what really counted was Abram’s belief, not his action or attempt to count the stars.

Points to ponder:
It is not our action (or attempt) to do what we are asked to do, but it is our belief of taking God at his word, that counts. Only belief matters. Only belief counts. The greatest belief, that matters, is your belief in the Lord Jesus Christ … for when you believe in Jesus Christ, then his righteousness (not our own – which are like filthy rags – Isaiah 64:6) is counted (or credited) for us (Romans 3:22). Has it been counted to you for righteousness … in other words, Have you believed in the Lord (Jesus Christ)?

Genesis 15:5-6 (KJV)  
And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.
And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness.