Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Don't Sweat It!

Has anyone but me noticed the unbelievable amount of conflicting advice that's out there these days?  Seriously... if you don't like the report 
(coffee is bad for you)
wait five minutes, and another report will come out
 (coffee is good for you).  
It's quite maddening if you ask me, but the other day I HAD TO LAUGH out loud when it was once again brought before my eyes...

I was at the spa (for medicinal purposes... not kidding), and I was relaxing for a moment before being called back, when I picked up a tiny little book on the table next to me.  It was this book... read the title carefully...

Title... "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff... 
and it's all small stuff"

As I read, I was absolutely fascinated with the good advice in the book.  It was like it was heaven sent to me at that moment.  I didn't want to put it down, and as they called my name, I was tempted to slide it in my purse...
 (no... I didn't) 
but as I put it down I remembered thinking, "You have this book at home somewhere on the shelf!"  
I got so excited!

That evening... as I was getting in bed, I remembered to search for the book.  Within 2 seconds I had it in my hand.  As I glanced down, I noticed something peculiar... it wasn't the same book!  Here's the book that has been sitting on my shelf for years... again, read the title carefully.

Title... "God Is In the Small Stuff... and it all matters"

Can you even believe that?  Both books gave good advice.  I'm a Christian, so I assumed the second book would be better for me... but no... the first book spoke to me where I'm at right now.  I need to LET GO of all that small, insignificant stuff that is clogging my creativity, and robbing me of joy.

Anyway, don't ask why, I thought the whole thing was funny, and sad, at the same time. It did remind me though, that there is only one place for the real answers...

seek Him first, and He'll show you what is the small stuff, and what isn't!

Love ya~


High Heeled Life said...

Teri ... I so agree with you... I actually own and have read the first book - and although there is some good suggestions in it - I have often wondered if the title actually is correct.

I have always believed in God ~ and after my accident and the world gift of seeing first hand that there really is a "Home" to return to after we have completed our journey/work here in this human world ~ I know that he (no matter what people refer to him as - depending what part of the world they were born in) is there .. We may not understand his plan ... and when you stop to think about it perhaps it is a good thing that he does not always give us what we "want" but never fails us on what we really "need".

Sorry about the long comment ...Hugs HHL

char said...

Thanks for the reminder ofto look for what is really important. Seeking answers from the One who truly knows is how we will be able to cope with the big stuff. God chooses to use a lot of people and circumstances in our lives to teach us.
He may use someone known as a spiritual giant but then he may use "Teri."

Girl Meets Paris said...

Thanks for the comment... I know you have a unique perspective considering what you've been through.

I am mainly talking about REALLY small stuff...the details of life that really won't matter in the end... I tend to focus on that, and it's really a silly way to spend an afternoon... LOL. I think where I'm at, has me learning to let go of that which I cannot change.

I was only able to read 2 or 3 chapters from that book before I put it down... I really didn't mean to recommend it. I do realize there is a lot of stuff that really does matter, and yes, I too am glad God hasn't given me everything I want. He truly does always give me everything I need.

Hope you are having a good day today. I look forward to your posts... :)

Girl Meets Paris said...

Just wanted to clarify my personal comment was to HHL.

Thanks also to Char for her comment!


Jenny said...

Teri, Seemingly insignificant yet truly profound. The mixed messages the world sends out (we glean the good and take out the bad) falls away with the good truth he gives out....and we can take it whole and hold on to it tightly all the while we are in the palm of His hand. Thanks for sharing.

Vava (aka Virginia) said...

Really liked this post! In synch with I'm reading/studying!!!

mya said...

Both books probably have truths in them. So many things we worry about do not merit the time we spend on them and the frustration it causes us. As you said, God knows what is really important.
But being human, it is hard to just turn every worry over to Him, and we know that He expects us to do our best, which means a commitment of our thoughts and our time. Somehow (and I stress that for myself)we need to know where to draw the line. We do our best, and let God take care of the rest.

Natasha said...

Not only was your post interesting but the comments on this post have been profound too. I am so glad I popped in today Teri! It is always a joy to come and visit you!

Best wishes,

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

I am with you on this one. I need to exude more peace - most everything is "small" and then I think that makes it OK to get a little more riled up and passionate about the big stuff.
But there is SO MUCH small and so much drama put forth over it. My Gramma says, If it won't matter in ten years it probably doesn't matter now.
Boy, that weeds out alot.

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