Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

The older I get the less I sweat the small stuff. You know what I mean? I get less irritated by things that used to really annoy me. I’m not saying small stuff doesn’t still get to me, especially when I’m tired or fatigued, just that it doesn’t bother me as often, and not to the same degree it used to.

I doubt anyone who knows my Kirby family would say we were a patient lot. (Just ask our spouses. 🙂 ) Nope. Quite the contrary. Our “Irish temper” is one excuse that has been given for our impatience. But that’s just an excuse, not a fact. The fact is we have a bent toward impatience, Irish or not.

Here are some of the things I found associated with an Irish temper. After you read them, I believe you will be able to see some of these same traits in people who aren’t necessarily “Irish”.


  • You can hold a grudge
  •  You wish bad luck on people
  •  You take stubborn to a new level
  •  Short fuse
  •  Passion steers the wheel
  •  You’re a fighter

As a follower of Christ, a Christian, we are to have a mind, a temper, like Christ. We are to daily strive to become more and more like our Savior. He is our role model, after all. Once we accept Jesus as our Savior, his Holy Spirit comes to dwell – to live – in us. The Holy Spirit can help us control our Irish temper, or any other kind of temper. He can help us let go of grudges. He can help us desire good for others, not harm.


With the Holy Spirit’s help we can tame our short fuse and become more patient. He can help us turn our passion to the things of God, and toward advancing God’s Kingdom here on earth. The Holy Spirit can take our fighting spirit and turn it for good to love mercy, seek justice, and right the wrongs we see.

Would you say you have an Irish Temper, or are you under the Holy Spirit’s control developing the Fruit of the Spirit in you?

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God’s Spirit makes us loving, happy, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and self-controlled. There is no law against behaving in any of these ways. Galatians 5:22-23 (CEV)

I wish you well.


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Watch Out For the Marauders

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Pilot and I have a loquat tree in the backyard that sprang up from a seed dropped either by a squirrel or bird. We’ve watched the tree grow anticipating the day fruit would appear. This year was the year.

Every morning for the past month, Pilot has inspected the tree and waited for the moment he could don his Mr. Green Jeans overalls and harvest his fruit.

The other day before he left for work, he was confident the loquats would be ripe when he returned in the evening.

Around lunchtime, however, I made a terrible discovery…the loquats on the lower branches of the tree were gone.

After Pilot saw the damage our marauders had inflicted on his precious tree, he mentioned something about Mr. McGregor and a sieve.

Although the guilty squirrel stays put and listens when Pilot and I talk with him when caught in the act, he still does not comply. Sigh.

This has me thinking about our fruit. The Fruit of the Spirit we are to cultivate and bear.

We work hard to grow it, nurture it, bear fruit, only to have something in our life come along and snatch it away.

  • Love – we do fine until someone hurts our feelings
  • Joy – we do fine until fear creeps in
  • Peace – we do fine until we have to face that annoying co-worker
  • Kindness – we do fine until that irritating family member says one more thing
  • Goodness – we do fine until we are asked for another favor
  • Faithfulness – we do fine until we are lured away by something that caught our eye
  • Gentleness – we do fine until our last nerve is struck
  • Self-control – we do fine until that car pulls out in front of us and cuts us off

Next time marauders threaten to strip the fruit off our branches, perhaps we need to put on the whole Armor of God, stand firm and let him fight the battle. What do you think?

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But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT)

I wish you well.


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