What Really Counts

This photo is appropriately titled October Morning.

Stress is a constant part of life.

It’s a daily struggle just to overcome it.

Our problems drag us down, create weight we can’t shake, and affect our moods and attitudes toward others.

But once in a while, God sends a simple reminder that our problems, no matter how serious they seem, are nothing.

Like the tweet that I read asking for prayer for a family whose child had gone to be with Jesus.

And suddenly the mess in my house, bills to pay, my busy schedule, my aching muscles and tired eyes were all put into perspective.

While I’m busy complaining about menial things, someone is grieving for their child.

Suddenly I’m ashamed of my stress; of the fact that I let anything in my life compare with those who are truly suffering.

The moral of this story is simple–be aware of what really counts.

Share with me: What are you thankful for today?


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11 responses to “What Really Counts

  1. Wow, That really does put it in perspective, doesn't it? Thanks for the reminder, Jenny.

  2. I am thankful for God's grace in the heartaches of life. A friend's son was killed in Afghanistan this past weekend … and I'm watching her lean into God even as she faces her worst fear-come-true.

  3. Sarah- It really put things in perspective for me. Beth- that is so tragic! I grew up as an Army Brat and my brother is currently deployed, so I understand the worry of that fear coming true. I'll be praying for the family.

  4. I am thankful for my parents who loved me unconditionally and modeled God's love every day in my life while I had them here on this earth. I am who I am today because of their influence in my life and so thankful I will see them again in heaven one day!

  5. Wow! It's sad how we all need reminders like this to focus on only the important things in life. I'm convinced that stress and busyness are the two biggest areas that divert my attention away from God the most. So today I'm thankful for a non-busy day! 🙂

  6. Oh, that breaks my heart. I am thankful for my laundry, bills, and dusty house today, because I have clothes, services, and a home! And I'm extra thankful for my cold can of Pepsi. The sugar is much appreciated. 🙂

  7. Such an important important reminder!

  8. What a powerful reminder, Jenny! Thank you. I'm so grateful for this new day with my two sweet boys.Mel

  9. Adriana Ryan

    Thank you for the perspective check. I'm tired too, but it's amazing that somewhere, someone's world will never be the same again. I think I can deal with some dirty dishes now.

  10. i appreciate these reminders. it's startling, but sometimes that's what we need….to be startled. thanks, jenny.

  11. Jeannie- exactly. Sometimes we need that startling reminder. A good old dose of what's really important! 🙂

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