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February 7, 2017

February 7, 2017

"Happiness Habit:  Don't Sweat the Small Stuff"

“Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that no one can criticize you.”  Philippians 2: 14 – 15 NLT

Do you ever find yourself getting into a dither about little stuff?  I know I do sometimes.  If you find yourself doing it all the time it’s really a habit you want to break.  

You see we inherited that from Adam and Eve.  They accused each other while excusing themselves.  There are four ways we can rain on other people’s parade:  

First, are the whiners – you can get up in the morning and say, “Good morning, Lord!” or you can choose to say, “Good Lord, its morning!”  If you say the latter you’re whining.

Second, are the martyrs – their favorite expression is, “Nobody appreciates me!”  They like to throw pity parties and complain when they don’t get their way.

Third, are the cynics – their attitude is, “Why bother?  It isn’t going to make any difference.”  That type of attitude poisons everything.  

Fourth, are the perfectionists – nothing is ever going to be good enough for them.  Their favorite phrase is, “Is that the best you can do?”  

In Matthew 12: 36 God reminds us that, “Everyone will have to give an account on the Day of Judgment for every empty word they have spoken.”  I know that sends shivers up my back.  If you complain, whine, argue with everybody about everything you’ve been sweating the small stuff.  Don’t sweat the small stuff.

Instead, each day give thanks to God for what He has done and the blessing He enables you to be in the lives others.  That will put you on a different track.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don