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Majoring on the Minors

Is it THAT big of a deal?

It was Wednesday night at the little community church—business meeting time. (A monthly meeting, open to all members, where church financial matters are discussed).

And people came from miles around, because they knew Mildred had an “axe to grind.” The meeting started with a holy hush; but it didn’t take much time. Until, you know who, stood up from her favorite pew and said, “There’s something on my mind!”

We don’t need a neon sign out in front of our church. It reminds me of a night club–where people dance and flirt. Let’s tear it down and build a brand new sign, with letters big and bold. And if the preacher minds his “p’s” and “q’s” we’ll put his name in gold.

Mildred

The sign she wanted gone said “First Baptist Church” (gasp)😳. And it had stood in front of the building for over 50 years. After much debate, Mildred’s motion was tabled for further discussion.

But before the next monthly meeting came along, Mildred died. Arriving in heaven, she waited for her turn to see The Boss. And when she made it to the head of the line, God Almighty looked her right in the face and said, “Mildred, it’s about time!”

I don’t mind a neon sign out in front of my church. It reminds folks to come to the light, so I can heal their hurts. Mildred, I don’t care if the pulpit’s pink and the carpet’s lime green. I just wanted you to do what I said and love me more than anything.

God

Do you ever find yourself majoring on the minors? As I’ve mentioned before, I have a “That’s not fair!” button and it’s way too easy to press. And, once the push is made, a lengthy bout of self-pity inevitably ensues.

Please don’t be like Mildred, or me. Don’t let those little minor-monkeys out of the barrel!

The very fact that you have legal disputes among yourselves shows that you have failed completely. Would it not be better for you to be wronged? Would it not be better for you to be robbed? Instead, you yourselves wrong one another and rob one another, even your own brothers!

1 Corinthians 6:7-8 (GNT)

By davidsdailydose

I'm just a regular guy who was
tempted to lose all hope but did not. It was God who made the difference.

38 replies on “Majoring on the Minors”

Yes, indeed. We tend to fixate on things that don’t honor God and aren’t good for us, to boot. But, like you said, there is no greater thing than knowing and following Jesus. I am grateful for your input. Blessings!

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I had forgotten about that barrel of monkeys game! I used to really like to play that!
I enjoyed your post.
The things we get stuck on, like the Israelites in the wilderness! At least they were fussing about food and water! (Exodus 16:11,12)
What’s God says is important is that we come to know Him and His Son, Jesus Christ. (John 17:3)

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I appreciate your kind words, Tina. Writing encouraging reminders is my highest goal. Thankfully, God isn’t susceptible to our human failings. That’s why looking to Him (continually) is such a good idea. Blessings!

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Yeah, we all major on the minors sometimes 😕 unfortunately. It’s a human failing. Thankfully we know the healer of all human failings and He encourages us to keep our eyes on Him through fine folks like yourself who also major in encouragement and reminders. Thanks David. 🙂 Well done.

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I understand what you’re talking about, Scribelady. Legalism is also a entry point for pride. It’s much better to find true liberty in Christ. Thank you for your comment. God Bless.

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David,
You commented that “…legalism is so easy to fall into.” Years ago I attended a legalistic church. The people were friendly, but the church culture–the rules– was not, and I think it messed with my mind, hindered my faith, and removed capacity for joy. I think legalism is easy to fall into because people want rules. But legalism is as far removed from God’s love as being permissive/liberal is; it just doesn’t appear that way. Once a person is in a legalistic atmosphere, spiritual pride is more likely.

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I must admit David, this post made chuckle as I remembered past church meetings I have been to and heard “Mildreds” give their tuppence worth on what was grinding their gears. The thing is, and you highlight it well, we can all too often be just like Mildred. Let us take our eyes off our agenda and look on Him, He will lead us on the right path! Thank you brother, may our Father God bless you and your family today.

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Yes, the song came first. I decided to leave most of the rhyming words, because it’s how I told the story the first time. A good song is like a good novel, but only a few minutes long. Thanks for reading and commenting, Crystal!

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Stopping to pray, when minor things start to matter too much, is a good idea, Joseph. It’s like pressing a “pause” button–to allow ourselves to regroup in the Lord. Thank you for sharing this! Blessings.

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Sounds like a good read. I need to check that one out. When we choose to be offended, it’s like throwing a rock. Once it’s airborne there’s no controlling it. Thank you for your contribution, Bridget. Your comments are often posts in themselves!

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One of the books on my TBR pile is “The Bait of Satan” by John Bevere. It is a book that talks about how we are all easily offended today, especially in the church. And being easily offended tears us apart. I pray we can learn to let things go and hand them over to the Lord.

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I understand what you mean, Betty. Growing up, my home church was very conservative, even legalistic. It sure seems like legalism is so easy to fall in to. Thanks for your comment, and for reading my weekly ramblings. Blessings to you and Dan.

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God’s love truly should be at the beginning of any equation in life. Otherwise, the answer won’t be right—at least in heavenly terms. It’s an honor to give someone, such as yourself, food for thought. ☺️ thank you!

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Growing up, I remember some making a fuss about what clothing was worn in church. Now, I can see some things would be inappropriate, but even wearing blue jeans back then was strongly criticized. In those days, we didn’t have holes in our blue jeans (like so often now) and they certainly didn’t hang down low – which I find oddly weird and comical. I remember thinking, “At least these people are in church!” However, as I write this and while I think my opposition to the no jeans folks is valid, I have to remind myself not to major in the minors, too!

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This is such an important reminder. It’s so easy to get out of balance and start majoring on the minors. At the end of the day the Gospel is about love. That’s what we should be fixing our thoughts upon. How do we become more loving? ARE we more loving, what does loving look like to the people we are trying to reach? Lots of food for thought in this post! Thanks David.

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Oh my… reminds me of the debate our church had years ago about updating the sign out front and renaming the church. The ensuing battle ended with the sign remaining as it was and fortunately the congregation remained intact. Thanks for sharing this story.

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But the “music’s too loud”, “lights too bright”, “ they’re always telling me to volunteer”. Sheesh, there’s no stopping me! Thank you David. I better get my behind back to church tomorrow. Yes I love God!

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