Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us not to sweat the little things. However, we also need to deal with some of them immediately.
I learned this lesson from a little Lego piece. It was on the living room floor; one of the boys must have dropped it or forgotten it. I saw it, didn’t really sweat it though. I kept right on going, on my way to the kitchen to get my cup of coffee. Everyone was off to school and the morning rush was over. While I was in the kitchen, the phone rang. I had a ten minute conversation with a neighbor, refilled my coffee cup, and headed back into the living room to enjoy the peace and quiet. Sure enough, that Lego found its way right under my left foot. After I cleaned up the puddle of coffee on the floor, and changed my coffee soaked shirt, I laughed at myself. If I had just picked up that Lego right away when I saw it…LOL
The message tells us that it isn’t the little things that get to us. It is when we allow them to grow, to accumulate-(every day it’s like this!), and to build in intensity until we blow, that they cause problems. Sometimes the damages are pretty severe. People have divorced after 20 years of marriage because somebody let all the little things build up. Had they dealt with them immediately and worked out solutions, they might have made it to 75 years of married bliss. No, things aren’t always blissful. But knowing that mate loves you and you love him/her enough to work things out, to see things through, etc., is bliss. For better or worse means even when things are as bad as they can be, or seem to be, we still love one another and fight for each other rather than against each other. Work relationships work the same way. The team is what counts. The whole unit is affected by the little things that are allowed to build until the blow up causes a collapse.
Personal meltdowns happen the same way. When we don’t deal with the little things that irritate us, or are stumbling blocks or barriers to us, we end up collapsing under the weight of them when they’ve built up to unmanageable size. Things that irritate us do so sometimes because of our perception or expectation. These can become stumbling blocks and/or barriers to us. Sometimes, a fall over one of these can cause quite a bit of damage. Just that one little cheeseburger because I’m angry and frustrated, is a good example. It’s just one little cheeseburger…but how often am I angry and frustrated? And pretty soon, you’re on a merry-go-round with the cheeseburger, the anger, and the frustration. And, of course, now I’m angry because I’ve eaten that cheeseburger, and frustrated about my weight and my lack of will power…You’re shackled to all three because each one supports the others. Now, it’s a big thing, and it’s overwhelming you. That’s a good incentive to be very honest with oneself. I absolutely hated having to be that honest with myself back in the day. My toughest little big things were in some of my relationships, and the alcohol. But, and thank you, Jesus, I’ve learned to pick that Lego up right when I see it on the floor. I’m much happier because I have much more peace within, and confidence about my ability to cope with life.
Love you from Cafe du Mondieu
Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, May 22, 2019, 5:40 p.m.