One Day at a Time -
This devotional was written by Jim Liebelt
not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has
enough trouble of its own. —Matthew 6:34
It has been said that there are two days that people worry most
about but should actually worry least about: Yesterday and Tomorrow.
We worry about yesterday – the
mistakes we’ve made and what we would have done differently. Yet, there is
nothing we can do to change yesterday.
Our worries are wasted. We also worry about
tomorrow – the problems it may bring
and the challenges we may face. Yet, we cannot control tomorrow. It is out of our grasp. So again, our worries are wasted.
When we do not waste our worries on yesterday or tomorrow, it
frees us to live in the present – today.
Today, we are able to make decisions about our life. Today, we can set our course, set off in a direction or alter our
course, if necessary. Sure, we will still make our share of mistakes. And, we
will still have worries. Each day brings enough to be concerned about. Still,
seldom are life’s concerns unbearable today.
Our worries become unbearable when we add the wasted worries of yesterday and tomorrow.
Jesus instructs us to live one day at a time. He knew that so much
of what we worry about is out of our control. He wanted us to understand that
God gives us today. And, as we live
our lives seeking Him, we are in a safe place. Jesus promises that our heavenly
Father will provide us with everything we need.
When I’m tempted to worry about any of life’s concerns, I find
that it helps to remind myself of the many times I’ve given in to worry – and
how things never came to pass as I had feared – which is actually the vast
majority of the time!
Do your best to live today
– just one day at a time! And, when you find yourself tempted to worry, remind
yourself of Jesus’ words, “Your heavenly
Father knows all your needs, and he will give you all you need from day to day
if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.” (Matthew
1. What do you find yourself worrying about more, yesterday or tomorrow?
2. How can Jesus’ words about living a life of seeking God and
living one day at a time help you in your struggle about worry?
Psalm 118:24; Matthew 6:25-34; Philippians 4:6