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THE FIVE BY FIVE RULE

April 30, 2018

I was scrolling through Facebook and I saw this photo from one of the inspirational pages that I follow. It says, “If it’s not going to matter in five years then you shouldn’t spend five minutes thinking about it.” That hit me hard.

As a person, I will admit that I grew up pretty spoiled. My parents were divorced so they thought that giving me what I wanted would fill in the gap of things that they’re lacking…but it didn’t. Anyway, I am the type of person who doesn’t really hold grudges, but I do think about things obsessively and I am not one to let things slip easily. I could go on and on about silly things that probably will not matter in the next hours or so.

The post that I saw was called the ‘Five by Five Rule’. This thought really got stuck in my head that whenever I would think about something that really bothers me, I really think about the facts and I ask myself, “Will this matter in five year?” If not, I would retrace my steps and pray. I think people should do this too. Some of us overthink things and we tend to obsess about things we cannot change, and I know it can drive us crazy. It’s hard when you feel like your problems are so overwhelming or that life at this moment is so challenging and hard. But we have to think about the positive things too–there will be better days ahead. This will all be behind us, and the sun will shine again. Well, at least, that’s what I tell myself.

When you get knocked down by life’s problems, ask yourself if this so called ‘problem’ will matter in five years. If not, you should not spend more than five minutes trying so hard to think about it. Smile! The Lord is always there to help us. God’s got us!

“Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.”

John 5:24 NIV

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