Who lives one day at a time? Raise your hand. Hmmm…my arm is still by my side. That doesn’t bode well with living a life free from anxiety, panic and worry. My head knows this, but my worry about tomorrow always seems to win!! Sigh.
I wish I could say that I do live my best today, but I don’t. I look ahead to see what the road I’m traveling on might bring and I wish for better days. I wonder what it would be like to be independently wealthy, free of health issues for all my family and friends and to do only what I want to be doing.
Sounds great, right? Is it what I’m called to do? No.
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
Instead of walking with God, I live in a self-consumed world of Me, Me, Me!
In fact, sometimes I feel like I’m walking in a tunnel where the only echo I hear is of my own voice. It’s dark, dank and pretty darn scary. I’m alone, fearful and totally confused of what to do.
These are the days that I’m selfishly feeling sorry for myself and am lacking a focus on God. I create havoc in my whole being because His spirit is encouraging me to go down one path and I’m running quickly the other way. I get impatient with my circumstances and want to be living the ‘good life’ right now.
Well, what if this really was my last day on earth? Wouldn’t all this worry just be a huge waste of time? Then why do I contemplate, mull over and get anxious about things that could come? And why don’t I just trust God to use me as He pleases?
“And he said to his disciples, ‘Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? …’” Luke 12:22-34
Great question, Jesus! I ask myself this all the time!!
For one, it’s a habit. For two, I want to be in control of my life and when it doesn’t go my way I get angry, fearful and worried. And lastly, I’m looking to my own selfish wants and needs and forgetting the real reason I’m in the world…I’m here for GOD’s pleasure!
“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.” Colossians 1:16
God doesn’t need us, he wants us. And it saddens me that even though I KNOW I need God, I frequently don’t want Him. ARGH! Thank goodness for forgiveness because I’m definitely a work in progress!!!
Therefore, when I’m reading His Word, asking for His guidance and laying my will at His feet – I am in a happy place free of all worry, panic and anxiety. It also doesn’t matter if life around me is falling apart because I feel God’s presence and His Love! Huh…funny how that works!!
“Blessed are the people to whom such blessings fall! Blessed are the people whose God is the Lord!” Psalm 144:15
Do you live one day at a time? If not, why do you think that is?
Some Wisdom for Today: Proverbs 12:25 – Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.