Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow.
It empties today of its strength.
-Corrie Ten Boom
Sometimes we are our own worst enemies.
I am a planner. I don’t like uncertainty. But throughout the years, I’ve learned through circumstances beyond my control, to live in the moment.
There’s nothing wrong with planning. But sometimes it can lead to unnecessary worry. We often worry about things that never happen. We get ourselves all worked up about the unknown.
Live in the moment and enjoy it. Even when things are tough. Especially when things are tough.
Practice it. Set aside those things you cannot control. The sun is going to come up tomorrow. The stars are positioned as always. Life is much bigger than you.
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Do you worry about the oceans washing over all the land?
Do you worry about how your body will digest the food you ate today?
Do you worry about falling off of the earth?
There are so many things we just know will take care of itself without us thinking about it. Whether we acknowledge it or not, God, the Creator of all things, is the Master Designer.
Now how about you?
Worrying is understandable. But it’s not necessary. God wants you to trust what he has created and is fully able to maintain.
You were not there when God created the oceans.
You were not there when he created the human body.
You were not there when he created gravity.
But you are here now. And life is full of unknowns.
You are either going to worry … or you are going to trust.
But you have to trust in something bigger than yourself.
Whatever your tragedy or sorrow is, he will help you through it.
After all, God knows how you work.
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While standing in line, I watched a young mother balance her baby one on hip, effortlessly hand money to the cashier, and place her packages in the cart. One of her children, about 6 yrs old, went to get the toddler who was gazing at a display of shiny cookware. The other 2 children, about 3 and 5 years of age, dreamily followed, dragging their stringed mittens across the floor. Then out the door they went following their mother.
For a moment, I warmly remembered my own shopping days with kids in tow. But I didn’t allow myself the luxury of staying in that moment. My heart always sinks at the end of such things because one child is missing. And I don’t want to think about how he was there and now he’s gone.
Then there are times when I think of the future and how I thought things would turn out; my unfulfilled dreams of what I had prayed for, hoped for, and worked hard for. I’m at the point where it is no use to keep at it. That’s not hopelessness. It’s reality. And sometimes admitting is the right thing to do.
So I have been thinking: why not live in the moment?
I wonder how many of us do? It seems we are thinking about what was or what could be and miss now. I wonder how much energy we spend doing this and not really, really enjoy the moment we are in?
If we’re thinking about the past too much it may lead to regret or not moving forward. If we’re thinking about the future too much it may lead to worry or fear.
There are seasons in my life that have come and gone. Gone. People, friends, and even family who once were a constant…have taken a new direction.
Accepting it isn’t easy. Admitting it is.
We can’t hold on to the past and we can’t grasp the future.
So, why not live in the moment and let it do its magic?
Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing. Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds! Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?
There’s a lot going on in the world today. There’s plenty to worry about. We worry because we are fearful of the unknown – of what might happen to us or the ones we love.
I used to worry. But after I walked through the valley of the shadow of death, I feared no evil. It was gone.
Whatever you are facing, you have to do something with it. If you carry it alone, you will naturally worry.
” … casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 1:7
God tells us to give him all our worries. Do it.