Monday, December 10, 2018

"Finish Strong" Devotional ~ Day 14

Day 14 - Monday, December 10th, 2018

Trivialities of Life

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:17)

For a Christian, I think the best definition of a triviality is anything that has no eternal significance. Now, there's no way to completely rid our lives of trivialities: We have to brush our teeth and make coffee, chit-chat with friends and co-workers, get the mail and take the clothes to the cleaners, for example. They are trivial, but they are a large part of our everyday lives.

However, some people are tormented by trivialities. They fret and fuss about those things which have no eternal significance, and are easily upset if something trivial goes wrong.

If the trivialities of life get to you too easily, ask God to make you aware of what is trivial and what is not. When I catch myself becoming upset or consumed by some triviality, I ask myself, "Mary, what difference will this make in twenty-four hours?" I find that a great majority of those trivialities which are tormenting me, at the moment, won't make a bit of difference tomorrow. This really helps me to recognize trivialities quickly so I can laugh at them, turn them over to the Lord, and forget them.

As believers, we have the unbelievable ability to turn trivialities into eternal happenings. How? Use those short conversations to give someone a pat on the shoulder, a word of encouragement, and a small compliment. While you're doing those trivial duties, sing songs to encourage yourself, memorize Scripture, and listen to good music. When you're driving along with your family, turn the conversation to wholesome and encouraging topics. These kinds of things transform otherwise trivial, insignificant moments and duties into eternally significant moments. 

Today's Challenge:
To turn the trivialities of my life into opportunities for encouragement, for growth, for things eternally significant.

Today's Prayer:
Lord, help me to remember today that I can turn the trivialities of my life into things of eternal value by doing everything for your glory. Help me not to get so caught up in these trivialities that I lose sight of what is important.

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