Since high school, throughout college, after divinity, and until this day I have had the same favorite Bible verse. Matthew 6:34, “So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” Another translation states, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
These words of Jesus are a welcomed reminder. I know if I focus on my worries too much, they can become onerus, burdensome, and even at times paralyzing. I often have to remind myself of Jesus’ words, particularly his instruction to not worry, because today’s trouble is enough for today. Making sure work is completed, diapers are changed, trash is taken out, the dog is fed, and all the many other daily tasks are enough.
This isn’t to say we should be flippant about the future or not prepare or not be wise in our decision making. However, if you’re like me and tend to worry a lot it is comforting to hear the words of a person who knew very well what the future held from them, an unjust and gruesome death, and yet still taught that we shouldn’t worry about tomorrow.
In the coming days there will be plenty to worry about. I know firsthand that not worrying is often easier said than done. If you find yourself being overcome with anxiety and worries please think back on the words of Jesus and pray for peace. Try to take each day at time and worry about tomorrow when tomorrow arrives. And for those moments in life when the stress becomes so real that I can physically feel it, I find myself singing Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds” in my head as a way to meditate and ground myself. I’ve done this so much so that I now enjoy watching birds as I’ve come to associate birds with not worrying. It is my prayer that as we wake tomorrow morning we can smile with the rising sun, handle the day’s task, knowing that God is still God and eventually everything will be alright.
P.S. – For those of you who would like to join in some daily structured prayer and meditation, I encourage you to visit the http://commonprayer.net/.
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