A number of years ago a very popular saying started showing up on tee shirts, coffee mugs, social media, and in conversations. “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff,” quickly became the new “buzz” phrase.
However, what does this ACTUALLY mean? The Bible says in Philippians 4: 6-8,
Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Also, in Matthew 6: 25-34 it states,
25 Therefore I say unto you, Be not anxious for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than the food, and the body than the raiment? 26 Behold the birds of the heaven, that they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; and your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are not ye of much more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit unto [a]the measure of his life? 28 And why are ye anxious concerning raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 29 yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God doth so clothe the grass of the field, which to-day is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 31 Be not therefore anxious, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 For after all these things do the Gentiles seek; for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34 Be not therefore anxious for the morrow: for the morrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
As a Christian, not sweating the small stuff means that I need to look at life thru a completely different lens. It means that I have an advocate when life’s challenges come. Not only does God NOT want me to not sweat the small stuff, but God also doesn’t want us to sweat ANY stuff!
God tells me to cast the WHOLE of my care on Him, because He cares for me! I Peter 5:7 Allow God to take all of your burdens. He is very capable of handling it all!
This is Leslie Eaddy Brooks, Think about It.