“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34 (NIV)
We have been wondering for over one year what is going to happen next? How is this pandemic going to end? How will it change things? These and a host of other questions have been pondered by many. Living one day at a time is not only sage advice, in reality, there are not a lot of options. Some people are worried about tomorrow and the future in general. Many are so stuck in the future they are unable to live today. It seems when we are young, we could not wait until we were old enough to drive. On obtaining a driver’s license, we could not wait to graduate from High School. While in high school, one dreams of going to college or getting a job. Then one thinks of getting married and having a family. As caring for an infant can seem overwhelming, the parents’ dream when the child can talk and walk, and then upon mastering those skills, they spend their time telling them to be quiet and sit down! While working, we dream of retiring. A fixation with what is next and never really enjoying where we are at the moment seems to be somewhat a part of the human condition.
A few reasons why we should live one day at a time:
- Today is all I have!
- Today is all I can handle!
- Today is the only day I can make a difference!
- Today is a gift, and I must seize it for the Lord!
- Today is my opportunity to begin something new!
- Today is my opportunity to stop something I should not be doing!
Regardless of where you are in life and what regrets you may be living with, God can forgive, transform, and give you large doses of grace to begin again! Remember, your automobile comes equipped with both a windshield and a rearview mirror. You must glance in the rearview mirror, but you must also be looking ahead through the windshield. Your past is a reference but not your residence. God makes all things new, so again whatever is in your past, trust the Lord, know and live for Him today.
Life is lived daily. Do not wait for some future period where everything will fall into place. Trust God and live for Him fully today!