The truth is that we shouldn’t sweat anything AFTER we have yielded our members servants to God and been responsible in small things or big things. If we limit ourselves to moving our body members (according to a growing picture of God’s principles in action, Please memorize this phrase) ; then logically there should be not difference between tough tasks and easy tasks.

If only we were logical beings. But there is hope, God would not command us to “Let this mind be in you which was in Jesus”, who is named LOGOS  the beginning and end of all reasoning; if He did not stand ready to give us His logic.

Remember, to figure out what a healthy positive godly approach would look like we simply have to look at ” How do I normally relate to this situation?” and then DO THE OPPOSITE!

So, how do we normally SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF and thereby squander the neurotransmitters and energy God has placed in my brain to handle stress?

Ask yourself which of the following two responses would use up more calming serotonin in your brain?

A. Yes Lord I see the trial and you have helped me deal with many similar issues before, thanks for placing ——— in my life so give me grace to ask his help while doing my part, help me remember that my part is always doable and you will never allow me to be tried so severely beyond that of others that I would have now way to avoid sin which is the only outcome I should care about and all other results are Yours, and help me keep in mind all the wonderful things that will still be true no matter how this situation turns out, at the least, (and what a least!) I will live forever with Jesus as his beloved bride whom he has cleansed and presented to Himself as pure undefiled and without blemish.

B. Oh My God! I’m going to screw this up and we are all going to die!

OK you get the point. The four things we do to SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF are

1. fail to carry a grateful memory of all the things God and you have already faced.

2. Fail to ask for help from those God has gifted us with, or ask for help and then beat ourselves up for asking.

3. Focus on more than moving our body members.

4. Forget that the UNLOSABLE good things God has given us.

Now copy down response A and practice it all week and then drop me a line on how it works for you.


HEALTHY LIVING – self check

If I love God and live in unhealthy ways, will He cover for my poor choices and let me live long and well?
One of the basic principles of life is: That which a man sows–that will he reap. If anyone could break this rule, it would make a fool of God. Good luck trying to pull that one off! Yet I know that I sometimes think that because I am doing so much for the kingdom that God will cover for me if I don’t exercise or sleep enough. I have often told good Christian friends who have been trapped by smoking cigarettes, that they will go to heaven, just a little early.
There is, of course, one exception: when I deserved Hell and was given Heaven instead. However, I didn’t “get away with it”, instead God paid my debt and gave me righteousness, but will he give me health in spite of my failure to live by the designer’s advice? If the alcoholic repents, does his liver damage go away? King David repented of his sin with Bathsheba and God forgave him but warned of ongoing results in his family and life. Fortunately there is MERCY:God bringing good out of our sin when we repent. For where sin abound–Grace even more abounds.
Throughout the day I suggest three prayers and three reminders. Since I am sure you use them constantly,as they are perhaps the number one tool I recommend, I am sure you can quote them right now? ————————————————————————————-
That’s right: reminders, I can’t, He can, so here goes
prayers, Help, Thanks, Show me your will
Now here is a tool that I suggest using once a week. That’s right, you know that it is hard to remember a once a week tool and that you would need to set a specific day and time. How humble of you to realize that!
There are four areas of healthy living that I need to examine, not to yell at myself but to keep on track:
1. Physical, a. diet b. sleep. c. exercise
2. Schedule, a. too much, psalms 127 b. too little Colossians 4:5 c. time for me and God Mark 1:35 d. balanced Ecclesiastes 3:1
3. Relational- Is there anyone with whom I may be real, no front, and still be accepted, do I have others to learn from and minister to?
4. Daily practicing dynamic resting, peaceful passion, gently warfare?
I will do my next 4 blogs amplifying on these tools. By the way, my grandson Ray is home and over 7 pounds so God has been gracious.