What Really Matters

Life can be very overwhelming.  It seems that our lives get busier and busier with each passing day.  We all have a multitude of things that we feel we have to accomplish each day.  We have a tendency to get bogged down with the details of life.  We all seem to have an endless list of things that we need to do, and it seems as if that list continues to grow faster than we can check things off of it.  Many times we try to simplify our lives, and sometimes we are successful, but then things start mounting up, and we once again find ourselves overwhelmed and stressed.  The thing that we need to stop and consider is how many of these things are really important.  

Often we think that that they are each very important.  God wants us to find a way to have peace when will feel overwhelmed and stressed by the things we have to do in life.  What matters to God should be what matters to us.  We all need to prioritize the things in our lives and see which things we can eliminate or do without.  When we are attempting to do this, we must allow God to help us.  We need to communicate with Him every single day and let Him guide us in what we need to accomplish on that day.  

One of the most important things we need to do is nourish our relationship with God.  We do this through daily communication and prayer.  We need to make Him our number one priority and make sure that we always set time aside to talk to Him and let Him guide our paths.  We should also spend time nourishing our relationships with others instead of being burdened by the details of life.  We should cherish the times we get to spend with the people in our lives and enjoy their company and try to let everything else go during those times.  

We also need to stop being so concerned about perfection.  Many of us have a constant desire to make everything perfect. This is one of my personal struggles.  When we do take the time to get together with the people we love, we drive ourselves crazy trying to make everything perfect.  There is nothing wrong with wanting things to be nice, but we have to stop making that our main focus.  If we let go of our need for perfection, we will be able to enjoy the time we spend with people a lot more.  It is the little details of life that can get us down, cause us to become overwhelmed, and eventually cause us to lose our peace.  

God can help us get our lives under control.  All we have to do is seek Him out and allow Him to help us.  Really, when you think about it, we all only have to take it one day at a time.  I know that is a phrase that is used very often for a variety of situations, but it really is true.  If we can make it through each day without becoming too overwhelmed or stressed, we have accomplished a great feat.  We need to stop spending so much time thinking about tomorrow, next week, next month, or next year.  God wants us to spend more time focusing on the day we are in.  He will help us figure out the details for the future, and we will tackle those when they come.  If we spend too much time focusing on what will happen next in our lives, we cannot completely enjoy the day that God has given us.  

The future is not certain for any of us.  None of us knows what lies ahead and when we try to figure that out, that is when we become overwhelmed and stressed.  If we can look at our lives as little chunks and accomplish what we need to do for that day and let everything else go, we would all be better off.  Finding peace for our lives should be accomplished in the same way.  We should work on having peace one day at a time.  With God’s help that is all we really need to do.  

So, let’s all stop living in the future.  Let’s focus more on the day ahead, stop trying to make everything perfect, and stop focusing on the little details of life.  Let’s allow God to guide us through our day and let Him help us decide what is important and what is not as important.  Let’s allow Him to show us what really matters and let’s allow Him to bring peace to our lives.  God will deliver us and give us peace.  I know how difficult it can be not to get overwhelmed in life, but we all have to strive a little harder to let God be in control of everything.  If we can truly surrender to Him, it will reduce our stress, keep us from becoming overwhelmed, and we will all find peace and PEACE MATTERS.  


Here are a few images that bring me peace when I look at them.  I hope they do the same for you.