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Don't Make Mountains Out of Molehills
By Joel Osteen - May 26, 2010
A while back, I was at a restaurant with my family. At the table right next to us was a husband and wife. The lady received a phone call and I heard her say so dramatically, "Oh, no! You've got to be kidding. I'm so sorry. What are we going to do?" I thought for sure she had received terrible news. Maybe somebody was in an accident. Maybe she found out a friend had a life-threatening illness. Her husband must have been thinking the same thing because he said, "What is it, Honey? What is it?" She pulled the phone back and whispered, "They didn't have any chocolate chips at the grocery store." I thought, "My goodness, lady. I don't even know you and my blood pressure shot up 20 points! No telling what yours did all because they didn't have some chocolate chips?"

Friends, there are enough big issues in life to face without making a big deal out of the little stuff. We have to learn to keep things in perspective. In the big picture of life, if you get stuck in traffic, it's not a big deal. If you don't get your favorite parking spot, it's not worth losing your peace over. If the repairman doesn't show up when he promised, let it go. This too shall pass. I've seen marriages practically split apart because somebody didn't squeeze the toothpaste the right way. I had a lady tell me one time that she and her husband broke up because she couldn't stand the way he chewed ice!

Remember, the more you focus on something, the bigger it becomes. Don't waste your energy and focus on things that won't matter in the long run. If you focus on what you don't like about a person, you'll get to where you don't see any of their good qualities, and eventually, you don't even want to be around them. You'll forget all about the reasons you fell in love. Don't let that be you! Instead, quit making mountains out of molehills. Focus on being a peacemaker because God promises to pour out His blessing when we dwell together in peace and unity.
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