Oh, Well. So What? {Mantra 15}

Am I too serious?

Sometimes I think I am. I like to think deeply about things and figure them out.

And sometimes that’s great. It’s helpful for me. It can be helpful to others.

But life doesn’t always require us to be so serious.

Sometimes we have to just release what happens with a more carefree attitude.

Oh, well. So what?

I sense Jesus was advising his followers to have this more carefree attitude when he told them not to be overly concerned about what they’ll eat or drink or wear (Matthew 6). Look at the birds of the air, the flowers of the field. They’re not anxious about anything. And yet God takes care of them. 

Just do what you’re supposed to do in seeking God, and let the rest go.

You don’t have to micromanage or overanalyze every little thing.

You can release control of the end result and let God walk you through each thing as it comes.

With God’s companionship, you can ease up on on outcomes.

And not take it all so seriously. It’s never all up to you.

Oh, well. So what?

This mantra goes well with my One Word 2022: Release.

Does this attitude of “So what?” come naturally to you or do you have to work on it? (And is it partially a personality thing?) Share in the comments.

You are on Day #15 of the series: Find Your Mantra {28 Daily Mantras}

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16 thoughts on “Oh, Well. So What? {Mantra 15}

  1. Anita Ojeda

    I can release some things easily, but others? Not so much. I’m learning to analyze things to determine if it’s a preference that I’m holding on to (how to fold towels, for example), or is my way really the bet way to do something (rarely the case). This question has helped me let go more often.

  2. Yvonne Chase

    This mantra reminds me of words of wisdom my brother shared with me before he took his final breath. He said, “Live like the birds.” I was confused until he pointed me to the verses you shared. He said birds don’t worry about a single thing. They fly about enjoying life. When they need to feed, food appears and then they go on flying. Fly sister! He would be proud to see how I took his words to heart. Oh, how I wish he was still alive but I have peace in knowing he is with Jesus.

  3. Terri

    Yes the devil entraps us with the worries of this world. We need to give all of our worries, cares and burdens to Jesus every day, throughout the day. Jesus said in His Word that He wants to give us an abundant life. Jesus wants us to enjoy life. Great post Lisa.

  4. Kym

    In general I find it easy to just roll with the punches and not take things too seriously, and I definitely think it’s a personality thing. Always a good reminder to lighten up and remember who’s in charge – and it’s not me!

  5. Maree Dee

    I am way too serious—a deep thinker for sure. However, I have learned to say, “It is what it is,” when life takes an unexpected turn. I can go with the flow and change up my plans. But of course, I will still overthink it.

  6. Christine

    Love this!! If I could only take back all the hours I’ve spent asking myself, “What am I going to wear today?” and “What’s for dinner?” I now have a simple capsule wardrobe and we eat very simple (but tasty) food. Thanks for the reminder that simplicity is often a godly choice, not a lazy one. Bless you.

  7. Carolyn

    This reminds me of my takeaways from Anne Bogel’s _Don’t Overthink It_. A VERY BIG overthinker for most of my life, I was grateful to adopt some practices after reading that slim volume a couple of years ago. Those simple adjustments have saved me time, strife, energy; I’ve learned, at the end of the day, VERY few decisions are really THAT big of a deal. And I best save my stores for those!

  8. Sarah

    I tend to think too much about things too. I’ve also been learning to let go! Thank you for this encouragement, ‘ With God’s companionship, you can ease up on on outcomes.’

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