For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.–Romans 8:38-39

Light and Momentary Trifles


I love trifles! Before I even knew what a trifle was, I loved it! We just called it a “punchbowl cake”. See, we’re from the country, and we call stuff the way we see it–it’s a cake inside a punchbowl.

Then, there is trifle. My grandma used to say “Don’t trifle with me!” I wasn’t completely sure what she meant by that, but basically I knew she was telling me to stop messing around and do what she said right then and there!

Then there is trifling. Many of us have known people we’d consider to be trifling. Where I grew up, they were so triflin’–petty, silly, shallow, uncaring and generally aggravating, all at the same time! These were hard people to be around at times.

Then, there is trifle. Most of what I’ve written so far could be considered “trifle”. I’ll let you be the judge! We all have trifles in life. Sometimes they are meaningless activities, sometimes monotonous tasks, sometimes they are small setbacks, and at other times they seem major and dominate our thoughts for the day or week or month or for years. The bigger my issues, the more likely I am to take it off the trifle list and put it on the extremely important list.

When major stuff happens, I find it hard to remember that it’s all trifle:

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

2 Corinthians 4:17-18

My friend reminded me of this as she quoted from Amy Carmichael’s booklet entitled If:

If monotony tries me, and I cannot stand drudgery; if stupid people fret me and little ruffles set me on edge; if I make much of the trifles of life, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

Too often, I make much of the trifles of life, and too often I forget that all of life is trifle when compared to what awaits us in glory!

Author: Kristie

Kristie is a pastor's wife, mom, Bible teacher, and author of His Testimonies, My Heritage: Women of Color on the Word of God, which will be released in September. She currently serves as the Associate Director of Women's Workshops for the Charles Simeon Trust, helping to equip women Bible teachers. She joyfully supports her husband of almost 28 years, Thabiti, as he pastors Anacostia River Church in Washington, DC. They have 3 children. She has written contributions to the ESV Women's Devotional Bible; Word-Filled Women's Ministry: Loving and Serving the Church; Women on Life: A Call to Love the Unborn, Unloved and Neglected; and Hospitality Matters: Reviving an Ancient Practice for Modern Missions. Her work can also be found at The Front Porch, The Gospel Coalition, Desiring God, Christianity Today, and Revive Our Hearts. You can follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@kanyabwile).

4 thoughts on “Light and Momentary Trifles

  1. Love it–especially the first definition.

    The word that I always had to restrain myself over was this one:

    Child: I’m TRYING!
    Me (just in my head): Yes you are!

  2. Love that Amy Carmichael quote…so convicting…

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