So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. -Matthew 6:34
Tonight when putting Riley to bed this verse was the one to talk about in his Everyday Blessings. That is the book we read one page of every night before he goes to sleep, all I say is pick out one book and usually that book is the one he brings me. I know this book is supposed to be for your young children, but sometimes it amazes me how the words are perfect at the end of my day as well. It said, "Life is meant to be lived one day at a time, grown ups often forget this because during one day they will be thinking of the troubles for tomorrow, but God wants us to appreciate every moment of today and put our worries for tomorrow to rest." I thought to myself, that was a very eye opening paragraph in a book for children. Being adults we forget how hard we make things sometimes, always blowing things out of proportion and it made me realize that maybe this book should be for adults. It is funny to me because I feel like sometimes I cry and scream and get so frustrated with how things are hard or bad and God is saying, "Don't worry." And then I further worry and further cry about what doesn't matter, and God is saying, "Don't worry." And I continue to do this over and over again throughout my life and when someone asks me, "What's wrong?" All I can say is that life is too hard when right here in this book that my three year old can understand and put use in his life it is written in simple easy words that I should not worry about tomorrow at all. And just then I realized that my faith has not been as strong as it needs to be, if I don't understand these words and am making excuses then I need to work on building my faith, I had a weak moment. In Hebrews 11 it says, "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." It goes on to further say that Abel brought his sacrifice not knowing if God was real and putting himself out there having faith that God would accept it and though he died, God was pleased. Another example it says is that Noah had faith about events of tomorrow and built his ark for God not knowing what would happen, not knowing of the worries of tomorrow, but he still wandered forward doing as God asked him. Yet in today's world where I do not have to build an ark, don't have to make a sacrifice, I don't have to go in a lion's den, I don't have to wander a desert, all I have to do is trust and have faith that God will take good care of my life in his hands. And yet everyday I complain, I worry, and I go crazy not having control, but God is right, I don't know about the events of tomorrow and I have no reason to worry about them, a much better time is focusing on right now, today, and taking one day at a time just as he asks us to do. It is written in a children's book so how hard can it really be? In a way I think it is God's way of saying worry about today because if you don't worry about tomorrow I can surprise you of the blessings that lie ahead. So friends, tomorrow when you wake up and you go into your hard days of work and stress remember that today is the only day to think about. Tomorrow will have its own set of worries and troubles, but lets live our lives one day at a time.