How Much Does it Matter?

Once in awhile we ask ourselves, “Does what I say and do really matter?”  This is actually a pretty complicated question.  We know, for example, much of life is routine – brushing our teeth, combing our hair, eating breakfast, talking to our family on the phone.  But, we also know there are significant events in our life – a new job, the loss of a family member or friend, a new addition to the family, etc…

So, to answer the question in the title requires that we sort out life’s activities and events and given them various degrees of importance.  But, there is a problem….

We are not very good at it.

This can best be illustrated by closely examining the earthly ministry of Jesus, and how the disciples reacted to what He said and did during that time.  To put it mildly, the disciples of Jesus were largely clueless as to what events were important and what events were simply routine.  They regularly misinterpreted the words and actions of Jesus.  The things they thought were important, were not really that important, and the things which they discounted as useless or unimportant, were actually very important.  How could they be so dumb?

But, hold it.  The disciples are simply mirrors of our own human existence and limitations.  They were no different than we are.  They were no smarter or dumber than we are.  They made no more mistakes than we do sometimes.

Truth is – we are not good judges of what is important and what is not important.  Oh yes, we can sometimes discern those big things pretty well – a wedding, a funeral, a meeting with a long-lost friend, family reunions, etc…  But, on many levels we are mostly clueless when it comes to determining what things in our life are important, and what are simply routine.

Can I prove this?  Well, I think I can.  When I recall the events of my life that were influenced by the words or actions of others, for the most part they were minor things at the time.  But, they meant something important to me.  So important that I have never forgot them, even after many years.  I’m certain that many of these events that are etched into my mind and memory, may not even be remembered by the other individuals, but they were important to me.  In other words, the things you say and do may seem to be routine to you, but are important to someone.  On the other hand, the important things you do or say, may be forgotten and relegated to the dustbin of history.

What does this mean?

I think it means we have to be careful in the things we say and do, not knowing if those things will turn out to be routine, or important.  And since we cannot always know which of these our words or actions will fall into, we must try and be on guard at all times.

It never hurts to:

  • Be kind
  • Encourage one another
  • Refrain from damaging or hurtful words
  • Be slow to anger

Not as if I’m any kind of expert in this effort.  I’m still stumbling along like the rest of you, but I’m trying….

One Response to “How Much Does it Matter?”

  1. Barbara L. McGuire Says:

    Much to ponder on here! Thanks for the reminder! Blessings….

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