Today’s Troubles – Matthew 6:34

Wake Up Call

Are you mindful not to fill up your today with tomorrow’s troubles? Why do we so easily gravitate toward taking on the future before its time? Well, we say, we’re just trying to be wise. We are trying to plan ahead and be ready for the worst case scenario.

That might be a good idea for the Homeland Security folks or those involved in disaster recovery but it is usually a very bad idea for us. Why? Because we do most of our worrying in our mind and nothing productive is forthcoming. Except maybe a rise in blood pressure and rampant speculation.

Remember what Jesus said; “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34) There we see it; Jesus is giving us permission to contain our thoughts to one day at a time. One day is a lot easier to handle than all the tomorrows in front of us.

Here’s something I have noticed over the years as I have tried to control my worrying about what is going to happen. I found out that about 90% of it never happens anyhow. Most of it was pure conjecture on my part; troubles that never materialized. So I wasted a lot of time. I wasted a lot of worry.

Think about whatever troubles you have going today. If you don’t have any, that’s great – you get a free day. If you have some troubles, go ahead and do the best you can to resolve them. But tomorrow’s troubles? Tell them to wait their turn.