Arthur Conan Doyle had it right when he said, “…the little things are infinitely the most important.”
Think about your day. What memories bring you the most pleasure? For me, it’s always things like a bear hug, coffee in bed, holding hands with one of my students, or my husband’s rushed prayer for me to have a good day….No diamonds or new cars on the list, folks. Although I’m most willing to receive those things and repost.
Now think about these things for a moment. A coworker doesn’t return your greeting. A car cuts you off in traffic. Your team loses. Your spouse doesn’t kiss you goodbye. Your child is ungrateful. Your hair looks awful. Cmon, you know at least one of those things can potentially ruin your day. Yet, they are all little things. And, yes, they matter. They don’t matter in the eternal scheme of things, but I think they absolutely matter in the day to day stuff. These little things can cause feelings of rejection or irritation or even hopelessness.
So, what’s a girl to do? Well, it comes down to who controls your mind. Are you submitting your thoughts, emotions, and life to the Lord? If you’re anything like me, you are. Sometimes. And other times you cave and host a little pity party for one or you decide to lash out.
If we truly want to be God’s girls, let’s win this battle once and for all.
1. Take every thought captive. (2 Corinthians 10:5) Truthfully this one step is all you need. Without it, you’ll never live a victorious life in Him. I once heard someone say to imagine yourself as a police officer frisking a thought. “Are you true? Are you just? Are you pure? Are you lovely and of good report?” If the answer is no, out goes the thought (Philippians 4:8). (If you haven’t read Joyce Meyer’s Battlefield of the Mind, get it here.)
2. Practice gratitude. A recent sermon reminded me to be thankful IN all things, not necessarily FOR all things. There’s always something I can praise Him for. Always.
I’m blessed to be fed regularly at my church. Take a listen now.
3. Shake it off. Oh, how I love Taylor Swift’s latest song. Just ask my poor husband. Whatever your opinion of Miss Swift, her advice is sound. Someone is rude. Shake it off. Snubbed? Shake it off. It’s liberating to (1) realize so many minor annoyances and offenses are not personal (2) understand you have the power to not get upset and to refuse to entertain hurt feelings. Check out Taylor Swift’s video here.
4. Surround yourself with the right people. This is nothing new. Seek out people who always leave you feeling encouraged. Avoid the Negative Nancy and Gossipy Gail in the office. No good can come from time spent in their company.
Let’s honor our King and bless each other. We are God’s girls and we can do it!
As always, I wish you MUCH joy.