GOOD MORNING WORLD
This morning in church our pastor referred to the book ‘Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff’ and the self-help craze that was upon us 15-20 years ago. The number of books written then and since on how to improve yourself would probably fill a small library. There were certainly aisles of them in Borders when it was around.
Today is the Baptism of Jesus in our church so I was hard pressed to follow where he was going with this theme. He mentioned one chapter of the book, “Remember You Become What You Practice Most’ and the light bulb went off in my head. Of course John baptized Jesus in love and Jesus spread it throughout the whole world and beyond to today and infinity. He expounded more than the one sentence and I got it. The thing is our pastor does not keep copies of the words that come out of his mouth so I am going to just have to give in and take a steno pad to church. My dad usually had a pen and would write notes on the bulletin. I need to do that at least. Much of what our pastor says is great and I need reminders!
I went to look at the book online ‘Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff’. I am surprised I do not own a copy as this seems philosophy right up my alley! Maybe that is why I do not own it. I live it most of the time!
The Index of this book, which can be seen on Amazon if you click the link to search inside the book, reads like an inspiration journal all on it’s own. There are topics such as: to choose being kind over being right, to tell people you love them right now, to understand different realities, relax, become a less aggressive driver, breathe, argue for your limitations and many many others. I may just have to go get that book. Then again maybe I really do have it – will have to do a good search!
The point of all of this is, not to sell books for Dr. Carlson, to say that a lot of this is what I have been trying to say all along. Jesus also said it amazingly in many different ways and of course by example by the love He practiced most.
This is the second time in as many days that words have hit me right between the eyes. Ears! Heart! I may or may not have mentioned that usually I get a word to live out every year from somewhere. In the beginning of the year I listen. I read. If a word or phrase pop out more than once I am assuming that this is something God wants me to review in the coming months. Right now I am hearing love over and over. Not just regular love of family or friends. This is a call I am hearing to love perhaps even when I really do not want to do it.
Small words big meanings. Big insight if I read them and listen to them and absorb what is the message.
The other place the words caught me were in the 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Scripture that we all know, ‘Love is patient etc etc…’. Well our son gave me a plaque of this for Christmas. Needless to say I am crazy about it. It has been sitting on the counter since Christmas while I have been waiting for it to tell me where it wants to hang. (I did tell you I let my interior decor find their own spots in the house?) My first thought was a spot in our bedroom on the cathedral high peaked
wall over our bed. I have three up there and thought I could make another arrangement and incorporate this one. It sat.
Yesterday as I was trying to get moving to accomplish at least my one thing to justify my existence I read it again. One specific phrase jumped out and kicked me in the stomach. Have I really been doing that was the next thought. As I read it and started looking around from the kitchen another phrase hit not quite so hard. Well there it was. This plague had to stay where I could see it regularly as I had lessons to learn.
I hung the plaque up over the sliding door going out to our deck above my welcome blocks. I can see it from the sink, the stairs as I come down in the morning and go up at night as well as from the kitchen table. I may just possibly have found my word/words for the year.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
I wonder what lessons will be learned from pondering this and not sweating small stuff if that becomes another source? Oh each day is a new revelation for sure!!!
…..ONWARD TO MORE MISADVENTURE…