Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.Matthew 6:34
My mother used to say things like:
“Stop worrying, it’s a waste of time.”
“You don’t know what tomorrow will bring, so why fret about it.”
It frustrated me because I felt like I was just trying to plan ahead and face problems before they occurred.
Reading this verse from Matthew 6 makes me realize she knew what she was talking about. In his famous sermon on the mount, Jesus says that today has enough trouble, so why think about tomorrow’s worries now?
Perhaps a more positive spin on it would have helped Younger Me to hear and better understand my mom’s advice. Maybe these would have been (will be) more helpful for me:
When I allow my thoughts to stray to the future and its unknowns, I miss out on the opportunities of today.
While wallowing in worries about things that have not yet happened, I may be oblivious to a wonderful moment occurring right in front of me.
It’s like closing my eyes and ignoring the joy that is all around me.
Let’s be mindful in each moment that God has given us. Our focus on the here and now will help ease the worries about what may happen next.
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