Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? . . . But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:27, 33-34
If I look too closely at my calendar or my to do list these days, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Overwhelmed is a place I’ve lived for much of my life, and I’ve learned that it steals my joy. So over the next few weeks, I’m trying to look only at the day I’m in. Not that I don’t have all that other stuff written down. I do. I have to! It’s all there, staring me in the face. But I can choose to peruse the big list only to pick out the tasks that must be completed for the day I’m in, not to dwell on the entire mountain of work that eventually needs to be done.
God has given me a multitude of tasks to do, and I want to do them well. I want to please His heart and bring Him glory, not just to make each item off my list. And that, I believe, is part of seeking first His kingdom and His righteousness, letting Him supply all my needs. When I do that, my day becomes a packback I can carry, not a boulder that crushes. Then I have no need of worry, in the day, the month, or the year ahead.
I’m sure I will still fall into moments of panic along the way, but when I desire to order my way according to God’s word, I know He will gently guide me back to the path when I veer away. His grace, strong and sure, will both lead and carry me.
How do you keep your focus on the worries of the day instead of being overwhelmed by everything coming in the future?