Saturday, May 8, 2010

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

I heard an expression years ago from author, Beth Moore, that I’ve continued to use in my daily life. Now, my husband is using it too. It’s the term “rib issue.” You see – a lot of things in life are “rib issues.” They are not the backbone for how we live. They aren’t critical to life or death – they are simply small inconveniences – “rib issues!”

“Rib Issues” are usually those small matters that end up turning into big matters based on how we react to them. I’ve found that anything can easily be turned into a huge disaster in my heart and head if I allow it to. But if I look at it in the big context of life, it sheds a lot of light on something that otherwise would feel like the end of the world. It’s not. It’s simply another bump in life.

I think people forget that bumps in life are natural. We cannot get through life unscathed. If you are living and breathing – you are going to have hardships. God says, “you will have hardships, AND MANY.” Yet, we act so surprised when those hardships fall on our shoulders.

I’m always impressed by people going through really tough stuff with a fantastic outlook and attitude. Conversely, when I see someone fall into a self-destructive pit over every thing that doesn’t go their way…it ‘s depressing.

What is “small stuff?” What are those things that we let balloon into huge ordeals and stress balls inside of our hearts? I think they are things that mess up your temporary plans or schedule, things that are hard to go through; but will be resolved in a few months’ time. They are issues, inconveniences, hardships, and yes – sometimes painful situations that when you are in your 80’s, you will look back on and see that “that was just a part of your life.” Another curve, detour, or pit stop that you took.

We stress about SO MUCH. Some things are worthy of being upset about. Some battles we need to take up and fight for. But some things….some things we need to let go of even if they are uncomfortable for us. For they are not worth the joy they take from our lives.

The next time something comes up in your life and you find your temperature rising over it – take a good look at what is going on and decide if it’s a backbone or important organ issue … or simply a “rib issue.” Some things are real bummers to go through – believe me, I know. But if you can put it into context knowing that there are larger things to worry about, it will help your attitude tremendously.

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