March 13, 2019, 8:00 AM

The Small Stuff

The Small Stuff


I picked up “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” by Richard Carlson recently. Even though it is not an overtly Christian book, it is a book that Scripture will support.


Some of the topics are:

Make Peace with Imperfection: warm up to the fact, demanding perfection is a hard and unenjoyable task master. Appreciate the contribution of others even though it is not what you would have done.

Other chapter titles are:

Develop Your Compassion

Don’t Interrupt Others or Finish Their Sentences

Let Others Have the Glory

Become More Patient

Set Aside Quiet Time, Every Day

Become a Better Listener

Choose Your Battles Wisely

And, my final example from Richard Carlson is:

Allow Yourself to be Bored: learn to relax. Our world is constantly running without time to smell the roses, enjoy the coffee, or spend time with the ones you love. Relax.


Please understand, it is not just what we do for Jesus, it is HOW we conduct ourselves in accomplishing his work. Being obedient with a chip on our shoulders is actually wrong. Working on the attitude of our heart is critical to proper worship and service.


Paul writes:

2 Timothy 2:15 “Do your best,” does not mean run over people in the process of whipping them into shape. The Holy Spirit of God has much experience in speaking gently to lives leading them to Jesus the Savior.


2 Timothy 2:24-25 And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil,correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth,


2 Timothy 4:2 Reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.


2 Timothy 4:5 As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.


Notice the attitude that Paul says we are to have. No excuses, but I think you will agree there are overwhelming challenges. Small Stuff doesn’t seem very small at the time.

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