Live Like There’s No Tomorrow: The preparedness paradox… it’s all about perspective.
In the last post, we looked at Scripture and discussed the need to plan; and that we need to be preparing for tomorrow, for tomorrow will come. Yet we seem to be faced with this paradox of the reality that, though tomorrow will come, we are not guaranteed tomorrow. Not only are we not, guaranteed tomorrow, but today is full of all kinds of issues, circumstances, opportunities, etc.
Jesus said in Matthew 6:34
So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
We are NOT to worry about tomorrow. This doesn’t mean that we are not to be prepared for tomorrow; but we need to consider today as equally important, if not more important than tomorrow. Too often I hear people say, “I just can’t wait for today to end!” or “Ugh, I just need to get to tomorrow!” The problem with that kind of thinking is this: God has us in today for a reason; and that reason is not so we can just put our brains on auto-pilot and coast into tomorrow. Why do we even think it’s about us, anyway? God has plans that greater than ours.
There is a reason for today. There is a reason for all that has happened, and will happen before the day is over. Our perspective and understanding of this reality will form our responses to today’s circumstances. “But why would God allow _______________ to happen?!” Why do you need all the answers?!
We can trust in this:
… I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
God has good plans for you! Why do we spend our time worry about tomorrow, or even today, when He desires for us to free from the worry? Jesus said that worrying doesn’t add one moment to our lives (Matthew 6:27)! In fact, it has been medically proven that worrying actually shortens our life! We are literally killing ourselves when we spend all our time worrying!
Be free from worry. Look at today as an opportunity to learn – as a part of the plan and preparation for eternity; or just tomorrow for that matter. We are not guaranteed tomorrow; and even if we were, if we are not allowing today to prepare us for tomorrow, then we won’t be ready for it when it does come. Also, even more important than your response for your life, today is an opportunity for God to use you to lead others to him!
Let’s lift up our heads, quit staring at our own problems, and realize that today is not an accident, and today is not about us (Philippians 2:4)! God is already in tomorrow, He already knows what will happen, and He already has the solution! Let’s focus on being who He has created us to be today, so that others may come to know Him, too! (Who knows, we may learn something in the process.)
Living today free from the worries of tomorrow…