November 21, 2019

Earlier this week, I told Shannon I needed to get a haircut. She agreed and said I was beginning to look like Opie.

So yesterday morning, I quickly made my way to the barber shop so I wouldn’t look like Ron Howard’s twin anymore.

As soon as I left the barber shop, I began to feel the irritating itch of the small pieces of hair that had fallen inside my shirt during the haircut. That’s when I realized my mistake.

Between two Bible studies, meetings, and the church wide evening meal, I remembered that I would not have time to go home and change shirts. The itching bothered me all day long.

The sad thing was that those little pieces of itching hair were beginning to impact my mood, when in the scheme of the universe, it was really no big deal. It wasn’t like I had been diagnosed with cancer, Shannon hadn’t kicked me out (even though she probably should), I wasn’t involved in a car accident, and the church had not burned down. Still, I was in a bad mood over something as ridiculous as hair.

More than likely you won’t have hair down the back of your shirt but something will happen that may irritate you. Don’t let it. Life’s too short to let the little things turn a good day into a bad one.

Another way to say this is to quote one of the best book titles I have ever heard: Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and It’s All Small Stuff.

I pray your day is wonderful but if you encounter an irritant, let it roll off your back and keep on moving. Always put God first and you will stay on the right track. This is what will give you the right frame of mind.

This is what Jeremiah meant by saying, “Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when the heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green; in the year of the drought it is not anxious, and it does not cease to bear fruit.” (Jeremiah 17:7-8)

Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, help me be mature enough in my faith that I do not let the little irritants of life get in the way. Give me wisdom, patience, and peace. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Just for the record, if you didn’t understand Shannon’s Opie remark, that means you are too young to have watched the Andy Griffith Show. That it something to be irritated about because it is one of the best television shows there ever was.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins