No doubt you’ve heard the saying, “Don’t sweat the small stuff!” Well, I have news for you: It’s ALL small stuff. and it is the “small stuff” that ruins the vineyard!

Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.

(Song of Solomon 2:15)

So the question before the house is this: In the Song of Solomon, we read about “little foxes” that ruin the vineyards that are in bloom; what are these little foxes that have so much potential to bring us problems?

I believe those foxes could be just about anything in life that we see as small or insignificant, but has a tendency to mess us up. Perhaps it is years of forgetting to say “Thank you” or “I love you” or “You’re doing a great job” or “I appreciate you.” Or it could be neglecting to care for your body, the temple of the Holy Spirit, with sound nutrition, consistent exercise, and adequate rest. For some, it is skipping that yearly check-up . . . for YEARS! Perhaps it is prioritizing your career over your personal life with your family. Or maybe you find yourself in the predicament of those who have too much month left at the end of the money?

What are some of the “little foxes” that are running around in your vineyard right now . . . things which, if left unchecked, will ruin the good grapes? They may be things . . .

  • In your school life
  • In your marriage
  • With your children
  • With your friends
  • At the office
  • In the area of your health
  • In your finances
  • In your personal walk with Jesus
  • In the area of your life vision, hopes, and dreams

Michelangelo, the famous Renaissance artist, was sculpting a figure out of a block of marble as a friend looked on. Later, after a time of absence, the friend returned and remarked, “I can see that you have not been spending time working on your statue Michelangelo!”

“Not true,” Michelangelo responded. “I have been busily working on this statue each day.”

Surprised, his friend objected, “I don’t see how this could be!”

Michelangelo thought for a moment and replied, “I have softened this line here—the hem of this garment there. I have straightened the lip and brought out this muscle more clearly . . . polished this . . . sharpened that.”

“Well,” said his friend, “those are just trifles.”

Michelangelo replied, “Trifles they may be, but you will remember that trifles make perfection; that perfection is no trifle.”

To be sure, “trifles” are the “small stuff” of life. They are the “little foxes” which, if left to their own devices, will wreak havoc in our vineyard and eventually ruin all the good grapes our God has given us. By all means, “sweat the small stuff” . . . and serve our Savior more faithfully for His glory and the good of all those around us.

As my friend and mentor, Dr. D. James Kennedy, always said: “Excellence in all things and all things to God’s glory!”

This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!

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