"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." - Matthew 6:34
This quote is one of my very favorites. I often find myself looking too far in the future instead of enjoying the moment. Don’t get me wrong, I firmly believe that you should look into your future and have some sort of tentative plan as to how you’re going to get to where you want to go. Sometimes, however, I find myself with such a concrete step-by-step plan that when something goes array, as life often does, I dwell on what I see as a “loss” instead of rejoicing in something that’s probably a blessing.
I’ve said several times how I never thought I’d be where I am, doing what I’m doing. When I first ended college I had a concrete plan of exactly how I wanted my life to go. When things didn’t follow this plan I panicked. Big time! I panicked even more when the exact opposite of what I had planned began happen. To me my life was unraveling instead of coming together. I was so confident in my own plan that I failed to see what God had in store for me. From my point of view my life had begun to go to hell in a hand basket and I could do nothing to stop it. But looking back now I see how foolish I was.
I read this quote from Matthew 6:34 whenever I find myself back at this place just wondering why things aren’t following my path. It reminds me that I don’t make my path. I don’t choose where my life is going to go. I could plan every second of every day until the end of kingdom come and still be completely wrong about where I’m going to end up. Sometimes I think if I had known what I know now, if I had only known I was going to be here then I would have done some things differently. I also have to stop myself here, because that’s just life. You don’t know where you’re going to go. You don’t know who you’re going to be, or what you’re going to want in the future. Those are all things out of your realm of control.
The only thing we have control over is the “right now,” and we only have small control over that. Never regret something you did in the past if in the moment that was what you thought was best. Just because it turned out to not be fruitful does not mean it wasn’t meaningful for your life and the person you’re meant to become. Each experience is a lesson learned, whether it brings good or bad outcomes. So this week I challenge us to continue, or start, living in the day. Do your best with what you’re given in the 24 hours of every day. Prepare for the future, but worry about tomorrow when it comes. Not everything is going to go exactly as planned, and that’s ok as long as you remember to just Be You.
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