Has your joy of today ever been eclipsed by the worries of tomorrow?
There have been very few times when I have been grounded in the faith that I was where I was supposed to be, heading in the direction I am supposed to go. Most of the time, yesterday’s regrets mingle with today’s unending list which are pushed aside for the worry of what tomorrow will bring
When I was at Write Canada a few weeks ago, I was talking to a fellow writer, Jordan Hageman, about the unknown path my writing was taking me. Jordan is the type of person we all aspire to be. She is cemented in her faith, serene and sure. She is juggling her writing, a full-time job, young children, her church responsibilities, and a strong marriage, yet seems care-free. How do you do that? Her answer left me speechless, covered in goose bumps.
“Don’t use today’s grace on tomorrow’s problems.”
I was using up today’s favor, energy, and power on the phantom of tomorrow. That made me weak, ineffective, and unfocused today. How can anyone ever become the best version of themselves doing that?
Stay in the now.
Don’t trade tomorrow’s woes for today’s joy.
Just do it.
Today is a gift, that is why they call it the present.
We have heard it said in so many different ways. Yet, it is difficult to stay in the now when the future looms dark and foreboding. How am I going to pay the mortgage? What is the doctor going to say? What if he doesn’t call? What if it rains on Saturday? What if I lose my job? What if this doesn’t work out? What if they don’t come?
Corrie Ten Boom, A Dutch Christian who helped save the lives of many Jews in World War II is quoted as saying, “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.”
Why not use today’s grace, God’s favor, kindness and mercy, today? Why not bask in it, like sunshine on a cool spring day? In this moment, know that there is life, there is enough, there is hope, there is love. Anything is possible. Anything. In this moment.
Go out and seize the day! Enjoy being who you are wherever you find yourself and be sure, steadfast, and confident in today’s grace, the gift of the present.
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