Does it Matter?
By Tammye Hamilton
I love that God often chooses to speak to His children in profound ways. I have heard complicated analogies and insightful dreams from others. The depth of revelation is inspiring.
I feel like there are times when God reveals things to me through Scripture and I'm blessed to receive spiritual insight from the Father's heart.
Sometimes, however, God speaks simply and clearly without much fanfare. He just smacks it down there in the center of our thoughts and challenges us to pay attention.
I recall a time years ago when I was feeling quite a bit of anxiety over some relationships in my life. I felt like my forehead was flashing REJECT ME and I was getting it all wrong in how I responded.
I began to dread contact with the troublesome ones and could work myself into a tizzy before there had even been an interaction.
Have you ever done that to yourself?
One morning, before an expected encounter with someone I saw as a Chief Perpetrator of Judgment, I was sharing my drama with the Father.
As I "prayed", I believe I heard from God. There was no thundering audible voice. No inspiring verse that jumped off the page. Just a very clear phrase that broke through my complaints:
"None of this matters."
Seriously, Lord? I'm feeling crushed here, I don't get an encouraging Psalm or something about triumphing over my enemies??
Again. "None of this matters."
It didn't feel very spiritual but it was exactly what I needed to adjust my focus.
Fortunately, when you think God has spoken, it changes things.
Every troubled thought and feeling of dread now came through that filter. I would think of someone's hurtful words and then came the quiet answer: "None of this matters."
Soon the anxiety began to lift as those four little words seeped into my heart and shifted my paradigm. Refusing to dwell on the things that HE said don't matter helps me to focus on the things that DO matter. My desire is to please Him and love others.
Are you dwelling on things that really don't matter? To quote the great theologian Taylor Swift, we have to “shake it off” and remember what really matters.
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.