Bother Me Tomorrow

Jesus said that each day carried sufficient trouble of itself.  Those of us who have lived a few days know this to be true experientially.  Life is like that.  We find the words of our Lord and the teachings of the Bible to be dead-on as the years fly.  Though I always believed in its correctness theoretically, I am continually amazed by the scope of the Word as I apply it in daily life.  Over and over, I’ve found that my untested faith was not misplaced as God’s promises are new every morning.  The Bible really is timeless in application though it take the eyes of faith to unlock its wisdom.  We really are meant to live day-to-day though there are many admonitions in God’s Word regarding planning and preparation for the future.  As with many things, it’s the balance.

The past needs to stay in the past.  How this is completely possible is a question for the sages.  A great part of the answer may lie in whether the past has been adequately settled, but even this may vary from person to person.  The simple truth is that the old will ruin the new if it is allowed to intrude.  Paul said that he forgot the past in favor of reaching into the future.  There are ways in which remembered, former griefs cast shadows on the present spoiling any possible accomplishment or pretense of joy.  Conversely, we can become mired in fond memories and unable to deal with the changing climate.  There’s a ditch on both sides of the road.  We are meant to live now, not being bound to a former place and time.

With each passing second, the future becomes the present.  That being said, we ought not get ahead of ourselves.  For one thing, if we constantly think of times to come, we could be in danger of losing the fact that tomorrow is built on today’s labor.  Some of us are procrastinators who will gladly pay you tomorrow for a hamburger today.  There is danger in failing to begin a task whose end is uncertain and long in the making.  We can speak of a glorious future while failing to lay much of a foundation in the present.  We were meant to live today, and potential is not production.  For a dream to have any effect, it must be acted upon, and there is no time to lose.  Tomorrow may be too late or never come.  Stop commencing to get ready to begin.

It is difficult to say what is impossible because the dreams of the past become the projects of today and the realities of tomorrow.  Inaction is ever our foe.  Whether we are overcome with regrets or overwhelmed with responsibilities, the outcome is likely to be the same.  We should not borrow troubles that are not ours to bear because there are enough difficulties with each new sun, and we can only live a day at a time.  In a real sense, it does not matter why we fail to fulfill, only that we do.  Scripture warns us not to count on tomorrow, and poets of the ages have carried the theme.  It may be beyond any of us to redress the inequities of the past, but the misdeeds of our days can be committed to the Savior Who nails them to His cross.

Keep it simple.  Keep living one day at a time.  Keep putting one foot in front of the other.  These principles were espoused by Bill Wilson who founded Alcoholics Anonymous, the most successful twelve step program in the history of the world.  Bill W. tapped into biblical teachings which encourage us to live modestly, commit each day to the Lord and never give up.  All truth is God’s truth, and we often find grace as we stumble onto holy ground in the midst of our daily routines.  The sacred soil of prayerful living, committed service and humble sacrifice will serve the Christian well if practiced consistently.  I cannot live yesterday or tomorrow today.  May we not be so conscious of former and future things that we forget to live now.

Sterl      

 

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