Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.

I say this to my kids all the time.

It’s a reminder for me.

I can eat two bowls of salted caramel gelato.

I can watch endless hours of my favorite shows on Netflix.

I can ignore the tattooed girl in line at the cash register or be rude to the neglectful waiter at the restaurant.

I can let my bad mood ruin the day.

I can skip my workout.

I can gossip about my co-worker.

I can do all those things and a thousand others that seemingly have no effect at all.

Who cares if I watch 8 hours of Netflix or stuff my face with my favorite snack or gossip or stay in a bad mood?

The little things matter more than you know. Your habits matter. Your self-control and your kindness and your patience matters. Your simple acknowledgment of the girl in line at the grocery store matters.

And that’s why I’m challenging you to think beyond the things you can do. This is another one of my Live Like It Matters Challenges.

Think about what would be most helpful. Even good allowable things aren’t necessarily the best things. What’s permissible is not always beneficial. This applies to the choices we make every day.

This kind of thinking and doing helps you and others. Because in the long run, you’ll benefit from skipping the 2nd bowl of ice cream. You’ll reap the rewards of going to gym. And you can save yourself and your co-workers a lot of pain when you shut the gossip down.

Instead, I’m going to thoroughly enjoy one bowl of gelato. Watch only one episode on Netflix every now and then.

I’ll be kind to my co-workers and take every opportunity to encourage them.

I’ll be slow to speak when I’m in a bad mood and I’m going to try really hard to remember how good I feel when my workout is over. I’ll make sure to smile at those around me – even the waiter who never refilled my drink.

Because it matters. The little things we do matter.

Make the wiser choices. Think beyond what you can do and live like it matters.

  But the Spirit produces the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.    Galatians 5:22-23  NCV


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  1. dawnlizjones on June 29, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    Hooray for this! Just the other day I was at one of second-hand shops, found a pair of fun shoes (Oh, yeah, let’s talk about shoes!), and thought to myself, “I can have these, but that doesn’t mean I should have them.” Hoarding, not on your list of baddies, but sure applies to me. Thanks for this reminder! Retweeted!

    • mariegriffith on June 29, 2016 at 10:18 pm

      Thank you Dawn!! Yes certainly applicable to all kinds of things we can do-even buying great shoes!!

  2. claywatkins on June 29, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    Thank you.. I wish I had read this before I consumed more Chinese food than I should have watching mindless television…. but, I did see a former student qualify for the finals in the 200 m breaststroke tonight – but that was only 2:07.81 of the time… leaving too much on the table this evening. Have a wonderful week.

    • mariegriffith on June 29, 2016 at 10:23 pm

      Thank you Clay. Oh no…too much Chinese is the worst.

  3. turnsoutmom on June 29, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    Seriously soooo good.

    Man I miss you.

    Robin Turner

    Kindly disregard misspellings or auto-corrections as this was typed on my iPhone


    • mariegriffith on June 29, 2016 at 10:24 pm

      Robin I miss you!! I think about you so often. Let’s talk soon.

  4. Wm. Allen on June 30, 2016 at 7:59 am

    Good advice, thank you for posting.

    • mariegriffith on June 30, 2016 at 8:28 am

      Thank you. It’s mostly advice I need myself.

  5. Abrie Joubert on July 2, 2016 at 4:13 am

    I was going to eat the two bowls of salted caramel gelato but I fortunately (or unfortunately read further…

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