Josh Wilson – Glendale Student Pastor
There you are, Sunday night 11pm. You finally got your last problem child to bed after two hours of persistently reminding them that “lights out means lights out”. And of course this occurs while you’re trying to manage the family budget, finish that last minute assignment at work that’s do tomorrow, pack the kids lunches for the morning, and catch up on that episode of “The Voice” that you missed. You slide into bed around midnight and think to yourself, “where did all the time go”?
So often in life we feel like we’re flying by the seat of our pants, just trying to get to tomorrow. Some days are easier, some you wish you could skip over, but at the end of the day we all can look forward to the things to come. To the day when your youngest is finally old enough to move out, the day that you finally get that promotion you deserve, the day you can go on vacation, and even the day you retire. If you’re anything like me, it seems so much easier to look forward to the things that we hope will come as a motivator to get through the difficulties of today. It’s the bait at the end of the fishing pole that keeps us running on the never-ending treadmill that we call life.
But let’s stop for a second. How does God fit into this picture? Does God want us to be constantly looking toward tomorrow? Does God mind taking a back seat until we have more time to devote to Him? We don’t ask these questions out loud, but we do ask them by the way we live. So what should we do? Here’s what Jesus says,
“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:31-34)
I love the last line of this passage – “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own”. This passage came to life for me in college when one of my professors explained the weight that this passage holds. He explained that Jesus is stressing the importance of not letting the things of tomorrow motivate us today, but on the contrary, Jesus wants “His kingdom and His righteousness” to be our focus. I am so quick to want to get to tomorrow but in this passage Jesus is encouraging us to live in the moment.
What we fail to realize is that in our constant pursuit of the future, we miss the beautiful stepping-stones of today that God is using to get us there. Usually all we have to do is stop, look around, and see the beauty that God has placed right under our nose. And the best part about our today is that God knows exactly what we need to prepare us for our tomorrow. So instead of celebrating the goals of our future, let’s praise God for the beauty that He has for all of us today.