|Matthew 6:34 – “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”|
Sometimes, we experience things that we wish would have not happened. I’ve seen a president assassinated, the Space Shuttle explode, and the World Trade Center fall.
If on New Year’s Day 2020 someone had said, “you are going to spend your spring, cooped up in your houses and churches would be closed, schools shuttered, and restaurants struggling, we would say, “that’s crazy.”
But it is not lunacy but reality.
How do we cope with each day?
JRR Tolkein saw life through a Christian perspective. He is best known though for his work The Lord of the Rings. Let’s eavesdrop on a conversation that gives us some insight.
“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
It’s no Gandalf that has that wisdom. Jesus taught it.
In Matthew 6, Jesus looked into longing faces. They were furrowed with worry. Worry about whether they would eat, or if they would have enough money to put clothes on their children.
Jesus says much to them, but his last statement captures what we all need to do in every situation.
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34)
He says, “just decide what to do with the time God has given you.”
Each of us has a day…and that’s all that we know we have. Take this day and make it something that serves others, glorifies God, and builds the spirit. Then, at the end of the day, you can say, “It was a good day.”
–Robert G. Taylor