Today, I’m going to talk a little, about something that is a big pet peeve of mine. That is pettiness. Webster defines pettiness as relatively worthless, unimportant, trivial, and insignificant. Now, I’m not trying to say that there is no time for small talk, and that everything should be serious. If so, I would not go to a coffee shop every morning. It is one of the best parts of my day. I enjoy my friends, and the chit chat a lot. I enjoy entertainment, and love to laugh. I am speaking about so many people whose lives are controlled only by small, insignificant, petty stuff that has no real significance, but controls their lives. There is a program on television that epitomizes this to me. The show is Entertainment Tonight. Every thing I have ever heard them talk about, I just wonder, who really cares? Who really cares what Oprah wore to the Emmys? They talk about the most shallow pieces of the Hollywood crowds lives. And yet I’m sure millions of people are caught up in it. It’s a very popular program. And millions of tabloid newspapers are sold weekly to follow these people. And there are many other ways to do this. In fact, the list would never end.
I had a conversation with my oldest son the other day, about my post on the Power of Words. He said, “it’s funny that many are into all of these reality shows that concentrate on the most trivial things”. It’s true. And as believers, we need to guard our minds, and our hearts so that we aren’t petty people living for the unimportant things of life. The grand apostle Paul says it best. “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Phil. 4:8.
As believers, we need to concentrate on these things. We are not to fill our minds with trash. We are not to have our minds saturated with things that have no real significance. If we truly would do this, Paul’s next words to the Phillipians is the result: “What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of all peace will be with you..” Peace is what we shall have. Peace is what everybody says they want. This is the way to get it.