Saturday, August 2, 2008

does it matter?

“Does it really matter?” is my new mantra.

Life is so short…just a wisp of air…fleeting…. I toil and fuss and worry over many things that have no eternal value at all, and I have been thinking about this in the past month. A dear friend sent me a speech made by Tony Snow, President Bush's former Press Secretary, who died recently of cancer. This is what he had to say about things that do and don’t matter:

“… even though God doesn't promise us tomorrow, he does promise us eternity, - filled with life and love we cannot comprehend, - and that one can in the throes of sickness (and death) point the rest of us toward timeless truths that will help us weather future storms. Through such trials, God bids us to choose: Do we believe, or do we not? Will we be bold enough to love, daring enough to serve, humble enough to submit, and strong enough to acknowledge our limitations? Can we surrender our concern in things that don't matter so that we might devote our remaining days to things that do? “

Paul put it like this: Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. “

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (New International Version)

Lord, help me to know what is temporary and what is eternal…Help me know what really matters, and let that fill my thoughts, my plans, and my days.



Diane Dotson said...


These words are so true. I have had a heavy heart for all of you since I first found out about Kathy. If I have learned anything from following this journey with you, is that you need to live in the moment and not take tomorrow for granted. Like you, I fret about things that don't even matter and sometimes I have resentment towards people/things that are trivial. I'm working on improving that!!! Know that we love you guys and have been praying everyday that God will give you the strength you need.

Diane and William Dotson

Don said...

It's funny to me that you get up and get to your computer so early and write great things in your blog, Gayla. I woke up about 8:30 this morning. I hope to wake up about 7 in the morning so we can get to SS a little early and get a cup of coffee.
SS isn't trivial, but the coffee is. We have a great class and a very good teacher whom everyone loves.

g said...

Diane, William, and Mr. Don,
I'm praying for you and your families. You are some of the most special and precious people to me in the whole world.