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.

Sandy

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Another Serendipitous Moment

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

As the arborist packed up their chain saws and stump grinders, I slowly walked around our yard. It looked so very different. Dead limbs and trees, gone. To say the first walk-around was a shock would put things mildly. I was stunned. And saddened at the loss.

But it had to be done. Better for healthy growth. It would be alright. Safer if a hurricane decided to blow through. These and more were things I told myself … yet didn’t completely believe.

Until I walked around the yard the next morning. The corner of the backyard where a crepe myrtle stood the previous day was flooded with sunlight, and a thought popped into my brain.

Thank you.

Not what I expected to think when I looked at the barren spot, but what I felt nonetheless.

Why?

Because now I finally had a spot of ground that would receive enough sunlight to plant one of my favorite bushes. Gardenia.

That evening Pilot and I went to the garden store and purchased a gardenia bush for the newly created sun-drenched corner of the yard.

As with most lessons God shows me through his creation, I looked for a spiritual application, and sure enough, found one.

How many times do we hang onto dead stuff in our lives that we need to uproot and grind to bits so he can plant something else?

We know two things cannot occupy the same place at the same time. We can’t hold onto grudges and extend forgiveness. We can’t get rid of gossip and turn our eager ears to the next tantalizing tidbit. We can’t be a more caring spouse or parent and ignore the needs of the other person.

Truth cannot live where lies flourishes. Peace cannot co-exist with constant strife. Light and darkness do not mix. Love cannot be shown when hated abounds. It just doesn’t happen.

The Fruit of the Spirit we are to exhibit cannot occupy the same space as the things of the world. Amen?

While I in no way am implying crepe myrtles are bad, we still have several thriving in the yard, the one in this particular area needed to be removed.

With the removal of the tree a spot opened up to plant the gardenia.

While I miss the crepe, I know I will be much happier with my gardenia.

I also know there are things in my life that I need to cut down and grind to pieces so the better things of God can flourish and grow.

That’s why I can say, Thank you.

How about you? Are there things in your life that need to be removed so something better can grow in its place?

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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.

Sandy

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