A daughter is telling her mother how everything is going wrong. She’s failing algebra, her boyfriend broke up with her and her best friend is moving away.
Meanwhile, her mother is baking a cake and asks her daughter if she would like a snack. The daughter says, “Absolutely, Mom. I love your cake.”
“Here, have some cooking oil,” her mother offers. “Yuck,” says her daughter.
“How about a couple raw eggs?”
“Would you like some flour then? Or maybe baking soda?”
“Mom, those are all yucky!”
To which the mother replies, “Yes, all those things seem bad by themselves. But, when they are put together in the right way, they make a wonderfully delicious cake!
“God works the same way. Many times we wonder why He would let us go through such bad and difficult times. But, God knows that when He puts these things all in His order, they always work for good! We just have to trust Him and, eventually, they will all make something wonderful!”
I was raised as a Catholic, but have to admit that I’m not terribly religious or spiritual. My hubby and I actually have yet to baptize our child – much to the consternation of my parents. But, that’s neither here nor there.
I wanted to share this particular story as a reminder to not sweat the small stuff. Yes, it’s cliched. But, it’s too easy to focus on the negative. We love to complain. Yet, when you really think about it, 90% of the time our gripes are pretty trivial.
I heard a great quote at training today.
Work hard. To hell with everything else.
So simple and yet so true.