As a kid, I did great in sports…team championships, great personal performances, lots of cheers and adulation…but I remember very little. Only a couple blurred, vague memories. Why can’t I remember? I was anxious and afraid to fail, so I was always living in the future…what would happen if I didn’t perform well? I never really enjoyed the great things that were happening in the present. It continued as an adult. I would be at an amusement park with my kids…whipping around on a fun ride. But again, while I was riding, I was thinking about the future…which would be the best ride to get to next, where would the shortest line be, when should we eat lunch to avoid the long lines, what ride can we do next so the kids will have fun. Then the ride would end and I wouldn’t even remember it or have enjoyed it very much. If you try to carry tomorrow’s trouble today, you will stagger under the load and eventually fall flat. Focusing on tomorrow’s troubles is not only escapist…it’s irresponsible. Each day of your life is a gift from God; what does it say to God when you squander His gifts? Of course you cannot stop thinking about tomorrow altogether…that too would be irresponsible. The real question is; where do you live most of the time – in the present or in the future?
Today, when you feel stressed, anxious, angry – STOP. Ask yourself, “Am I living in the future, playing out worst case scenarios…or am I living and enjoying God’s amazing grace in the present?” Freedom comes from accepting His gifts and living them, everyday.
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Dear Father God, I rejoice in You Father, my savior and sovereign Lord. It is through You that I will go to great heights…transcending all my troubles of yesterday and tomorrow. Help me Father to keep my focus on today; this is very difficult for me. I try and focus on tomorrow’s problems to avoid facing today’s. I know You see my every thought Father, so you know how many of them are future-oriented. I pray that You will help me break this deeply engrained habit. I pray in the name of my savior, Jesus; and all God’s children said, – AMEN!
The LORD God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, And He will make me walk on my high hills.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.