A little rhyme to help us remember to not borrow trouble and not to magnify our problems. A Chinese proverb puts it this way, “A good memory is one trained to forget the trivial”, or we might say, “Don’t sweat the small stuff”.
Someone somewhere has said, “If I learn nothing more in life than to keep my hands off what is not truly my business, this alone will lighten and brighten my life.”
The Bible calls our attention to our worldly concerns when Jesus says in Matthew 6:25-34 as part of the Sermon On The Mount,
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about you life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles(the world) seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you.—-Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is it’s own trouble.”
A powerful message for our consideration today, as we look forward to a new year.