Even though the verses deal with not
having to worry about finding the right words, I did write down what I
was going to say just to make sure I did have the right words and would
not forget them.
“Don’t sweat the small stuff.” I think it
is humorous that I am “preaching” on this topic as I find myself more
anxious than the average bear in most situations. Of course normal
things like making important phone calls or going to new places still
stress me out so imagine how I am feeling now that I have to speak to
you today. Talk about being anxious... Anyway... the stress got to the
point where even talking to people I have known forever would make me
nervous. I could feel my heart rate elevate. I would start this weird
combination of holding my breath and breathing really fast. I was
Most people might find it strange to hear
I have such anxiety. I do have this quirky personality, but telling
jokes and making fun of my “forever alone-ness” was just a way I could
avoid sharing my actual thoughts and feelings. Sharing these very
personal feelings would just increase my anxiety. Cracking jokes and
trying to avoid the subject would help me calm down.
I felt the worry and stress starting to
effect my life in major ways. I seriously felt like not leaving my house
because just the thought of going outside would make me feel like I was
going to have a panic attack. I felt my anxiety getting worse. I would
like to say it was a good prayer and a God sent holy sign from the
heavens that cured everything. I was waiting for my flash of blinding
light. Or maybe an angel to tell me I was going to be ok But there was
no light. There was just a voice. It was a little voice from inside. It
told me to embrace my inner Gryffindor. For those who know nothing of
the Harry Potter series, Gryffindor is one of the four houses at the
school that the students of Hogwarts can be in. Gryffindors are known
for their bravery, while my Hogwarts house, Ravenclaw, is more based on
being witty and wise. So the fact I found myself speaking up about this
anxiety to others shocked me. I then started my journey in dealing with
it instead of just keeping it locked up inside. This was my “little
miracle”. And my first opportunity to really step out of my comfort zone
came at church camp this past summer.
Camp has always been this major part in my
life. I’ve learned more about myself at camp than anything else I have
done in my life. It is a place where making mistakes is ok. You would
not be judged. Just loved. Being there for three weeks this year, really
helped me to take on a leadership role. I did some counseling, but I
mostly ended up leading music for the worship services the whole time.
It was nice having Chris Turner there the first week to help me and it
made the next two weeks of leading the music myself a little less
stressful. I got an understanding of how to lead music in worship. It
was nice to be in a space where if I terribly messed up a song, it was
ok. And I could move on and learn from it.
It was probably the best experience I had
starting out on my road to learning to worry less. It was a place where
I could let go and have that “ inner voice” take over. I am still trying
to take that mind set of “it is ok to make mistakes” to the world
outside of camp, where there are going to be people who will judge you
for your mistakes. But there are also those people, just like you find
at camp, that will always love you in spite of the mistakes you make as
you journey through life.
We all have to find our own ways to not
sweat the small stuff. Some people might choose mediation, while others
might find writing a way to help them overcome their anxiety and stress.
Songwriters are especially good at expressing emotions through their
lyrics. I would like to leave you with a quote from a Andra Moran’s
“I ain’t gonna worry ‘bout tomorrow, maybe
joy or maybe sorrow
Either one is gonna happen either way
I could scream and holler but I think if I
You could show me where I’m going to
"What is Faith?"
-- Meagan Reid
What is faith? Faith can be interpreted
differently by different people. According to the dictionary, faith is
“a firm belief in something without the slightest doubt. But then I saw
something even better. Faith is not belief without proof, it's trust
without reservation. Even non religious people have faith. One of my
favorite bands, Mumford and sons were quoted saying “we are fans of
faith, not religion." Don’t tell God how big your storm is; tell the
storm how big your God is.. Do not despise the small things for the Lord
rejoices to see work begin. Zechariah 4:10.
God owes us nothing yet he gives us everything.
This is going to be a compilation of
quotations and stories.
A professor stood before his philosophy class
and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly
picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it
with golf ball s. He then nasked the students if the jar was full. They
agreed that it was.
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles
and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles
rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the
students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.
The professor next picked up a box of sand and
poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else.
He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with an
The professor then produced two cups of coffee
from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar
effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students
“Now,” said the professor as the laughter
subsided, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.
The golf balls are the important things—your family, your children, your
health, your friends and your favorite passions—and if everything else
was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.
The pebbles are the other things that matter
like your job, your house and your car.
The sand is everything else—the small stuff. “If
you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “there is no room
for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend
all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for
the things that are important to you.
“Pay attention to the things that are critical
to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical
checkups. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will
always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the
golf balls first—the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The
rest is just sand.”
One of the students raised her hand and inquired
what the coffee represented. The professor smiled. “I’m glad you asked.
It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem,
there’s always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.”
When things in your lives seem almost too much
to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the
mayonnaise jar and the 2 cups of coffee.
Sincere prayer changes everything.
One day a father and his rich family took his
son to a trip to the country with the firm purpose to show him how poor
people can be. They spent a day and a night in the farm of a very poor
family. When they got back from their trip the father asked his son,
“How was the trip?”
“Very good Dad!” replied his son. “Did you see
how poor people can be?” the father asked. “Yeah!” “And what did you
learn?” The son answered, “I saw that we have a dog at home, and they
have four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of the garden; they
have a creek that has no end. We have imported lamps in the garden; they
have the stars. Our patio reaches to the front yard, they have a whole
horizon.” When the little boy was finishing, his father was speechless.
His son added, “Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are!”
The perfect cure for worry is faith in God, and
faith in his timing.
Any person can count the seeds in an apple. Only
God can count all the apples in one seed. ~Robert H. Schuller
A CONVERSATION WITH GOD
Me: God, can I ask You a question?
Me: Promise You won’t get mad
God: I promise
Me: Why did You let so much stuff happen
to me today?
God: What do u mean?
Me: Well, I woke up late
Me: My car took forever to start
Me: at lunch they made my sandwich wrong
& I had to wait
God: Huummm !!!
Me: On the way home, my phone went DEAD,
just as I picked up a call
God: All right
Me: And on top of it all off, when I got
home ~I just want to soak my feet in my new foot massager & relax. BUT
it wouldn’t work!!! Nothing went right today! Why did You do that?
God: Let me see, the death angel was at your bed this morning & I
had to send one
of My Angels to battle him for your life. I let you sleep through that
Me (humbled): OH
GOD: I didn’t let your car start because there was a drunk driver
on your route that would have hit you if you were on the road.
God: The first person who made your sandwich today was sick & I
didn’t want you to catch what they have, I knew you couldn’t afford to
God: Your phone went dead because the person that was calling was
going to give false witness about what you said on that call, I didn’t
even let you talk to them so you would be covered.
Me (softly): I see God
God: Oh and that foot massager, it had a shortage that was going
to throw out all of the power in your house tonight. I didn’t think you
wanted to be in the dark.
Me: I’m Sorry God
God: Don’t be sorry, just learn to Trust Me…. in All things , the
Good & the bad.
Me: I will trust You.
God: And don’t doubt that My plan for your day is Always Better
than your plan.
Me: I won’t God. And let me just tell you
God, Thank You for Everything today.
God: You’re welcome child. It was just another day being your God
and I Love looking after My Children…