Yesterday, many of our Canadian friends celebrated Victoria Day, a federal holiday named for Queen Victoria. She reigned over the United Kingdom for sixty-three years, surviving assassination attempts by four men. Two years into her reign, she married Prince Albert with whom she had nine children.
During her reign, Britain experienced great lows such as the Great Famine of 1845 as well as great highs such as important advancements in technology and quickly-rising literacy rates. Personally, she also experienced great lows such as the death of her husband in 1861. She remained a widow until she died in 1901.
I find a certain quote attributed to Queen Victoria as particularly apt to life as a whole, a quote worth remembering as we strive to live the Ordinary Life.
"Great events make me quiet and calm; it is only the trifles that irritate my nerves."
Whether or not you possess resilience during the "great things" (as in the Great Flood or Great War), you know the irritation of the "little things" in life.
- Tired of traffic?
- Frustrated with un-capped toothpaste?
- Fed up with neglectfully-left-up toilet seats?
- Paying too much attention to your office mate's annoying habit?
If "yes" to any of the above, then you know the surprisingly powerful effect of "little things."
"In this world, you will have trouble," Jesus promised. He referred to more than the devastating events of life. So when the "little things" start (or continue) to bother you, keep reading.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart!Jesus will help you through it all.
I have overcome the world.”
Pay attention to Jesus.
His words are enough. Nevertheless, I feel compelled to add another word of advice. Seriously, one word. RELAX!