I Don’t Know & I Don’t Care.

I don’t concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. Psalm 131:1b

An author friend was speaking to a woman’s group recently. Her debut book released August 2016, entitled With Love From the Inside (published by Putnam Sons, an imprint of Penguin Random House)

Sales have been good. Apparently real good because she’s been contracted to write a second. But when people have asked how many books she’s sold she very matter-of-factly responds,

“I don’t know and I don’t care.”


Because in the matter of eternity, the amount of money she’s made or the number of people who’ve read a book won’t matter unless it results in the spread of the Gospel…however that may look.

Set your minds on things above not on earthly things. Colossians 3:2  

As a writer of fiction, what ultimately needs to matter, that which I should care most about, is the message of truth and transformation wrapped up in story. 

A more worthy question is…. “How many people’s lives have been transformed by the story you wrote?”

Even then, only God holds the answer to that question. But it’s the right question. 

Are there random, shallow issues I know and care about, which are taking up unnecessary space in my brain? 

~Best deal on new shoes. I don’t know and I don’t care.

~Name and number of the lady who purchased those shoes out from under me. I don’t know and I don’t care.

~Those who’ve failed to send me a thank you note. The nerve.  I don’t know and I don’t care.

~The number of bricks and stones used to construct the Great Wall of China. Whaa?? I don’t know and I don’t care.

~The number of people in my community who have yet to hear the Gospel. I don’t know and…

Hold up.

Do I care?

Yes. Deeply. 

But those other things I know and care about that don’t yield souls for the kingdom of God rob me – and other souls – of that which truly matters. 

The bottom line is this: Jesus is alive and His return is imminent. What facts will I know and care most about when He does?

Set your minds on things above not on earthly things. Colossians 3:2  


  1. Martha Mullins says:

    Great point to focus on what really matters and let the rest go! Thanks, Mary!

    • Mary Felkins says:

      Thanks for reading, Martha. We need the support of one another to remember what matters and what doesn’t. Glad to be in the winner’s circle for Christ with you.

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