Thursday, July 16, 2015

Matthew 6:34 -- On Taking Life a Day at a Time

"Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof."
Matthew 6:34

This has always been an interesting verse to me.  It seems a little reckless... "don't think about tomorrow, just live in the moment" sort of a thing.  I think, though, that the advice in context is really, really good advice.  The verse before this talks about putting God first and trusting him, and in that context this verse means, basically, that we  should stop stressing ourselves out worrying about the future, and instead do what is right today, handle what we have in our lives right now.  We don't need to deal with tomorrow's evil, only today's.  It doesn't mean that we can't plan for the future or invest in an education, or whatever it is that we want to do in our lives, but it does mean that we should be present today.  We can focus on the people and the conversations that we have in front of us instead of being distracted by what might happen tomorrow or the next day.  We don't have to let the piled up scariness of the future overwhelm us or steal our attention from being able to find joy now.  After all, in the future, we'll be strong enough to handle it.  We just have to take it a day at a time.  Today, let's take this good advice from God, and live God's word today.  Let's put him first and deal with today's challenges.  Tomorrow can worry about itself. :)

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