At the end of a very stressful week dealing with a very stressful situation, today I am reminded of what is really important in life. It’s all about family, friends, helping other people, fulfilling your God-given purpose and honoring God in all you do.
It is easy to lose sight of those things or to let the craziness of daily life overwhelm you. I hate it when I let other’s actions and choices and how they treat me affect me to the point of physical and mental unrest. I hate it when I let things (or people) like that ruin my plans, my excitement for the day, my time with family and also my confidence and self-worth.
No matter what you’ve done for yourself or for humanity, if you can’t look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished? – Lee Iacocca
I care way too much about what others think of me and often take things way more personal than I should. I think that is a blessing and a curse. A blessing because I am sensitive to others and have a great desire to help others and a curse because it can cause me to be a total wreck when I feel like someone is not happy with me or my work.
Be master of your petty annoyances and conserve your energies for the big, worthwhile things. It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out – it’s the grain of sand in your shoe. – Robert Service
I let a recent situation just totally mess up the last 2 days of my life. I know every trial and every pain and tear is important to God and pain is pain and hurt and is hurt, but it all seems so trivial now that it is over when I consider things others are going through.
A sweet friend of mine who is a fellow blogger lost her sister-in-law to cancer this morning. I have a second cousin who has been battling cancer for years now and it just keeps coming back / growing. I have friends dealing with marriages that are falling apart, children who are being rebellious and depression and other illnesses. All of those things make so many other little annoyances and stresses and dealing with difficult people just pale in comparison.
I don’t want my life to be ruled by stress or chaos or for these not-so-significant things to totally mess up my day or week. I want practice what I preach about living your best life. I want my life to be more balanced, calm and prioritized. Going forward I am going to try to not let all these other things sidetrack me from the relationships, people & principles that are most important in my life. It won’t be easy but it’s what’s really important…
Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” – Luke 10:38-42