Friday, March 8, 2013

One day at a time...

Often times I wonder if I would like to know what my future holds. I wonder what will I be doing in 10 years, 5 years, 1 year, 1 month from now. But on the other hand, I don't know I really want to know. There are certain details that I want to know and others that I would rather not know. I want to know the good things, or at least what I would see as "good" things. "What job will I have?" "Will I be married?" "Where will I be living?" These are just some of the questions I wonder about... While I want to know the answers to these questions, I also believe there is a reason why we don't know how everything will turn out.

I believe God knows the big picture. He holds the future. And He has great plans for us if we choose to trust and obey Him. Sometimes we follow His ways and other times we choose to go our own ways. When it comes to not following God's ways, those are times I do not really want to think about. I know there are times that I do not choose God's way. Those times when we mess up, when we maybe "go astray," we wouldn't want to know we are going to do those things. Other times I think that we wouldn't want to know about are all of the heartaches that we endure - deaths of loved ones, health problems, family members turning away, and other heartaches that simply go along with being human. We would have a hard time if we knew we would have to suffer through those kinds of things. And then there are failures. When we strive towards a goal, a lot of times we run into trials and "bumps" along the way. Those are times we may give up. We may not even make goals if we counted all of the hard things we may have to get through to reach the goal. And in the end, if we could see into the future, would we have hope that things will turn out right? Would we still believe that change can happen?

Maybe. Maybe not.

So many times we get stuck in the here and now or on the opposite side we worry too much about the future, the future here on earth, that we forget that a lot of our worries don't matter as much as we think they do. I tend to be a person that thinks things through. I want to know what it happening and I want to know what I will be doing. But then I have to keep reminding myself (and sometimes others help me with this) that I need to live one day at a time. One moment at a time. And if I am living each of my days, each of my minutes for Christ, that is all that matters. I can put my trust in him to guide me one day at a time. One step at a time. So I am thankful that God only gives us one day at a time. I don't think we could handle more than that! I am thankful that He is with us through it all. And I choose to trust Him in the moment and try not to worry about tomorrow.

One day at a time is enough for me!

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6:34

P.S. On the "About Me" page is my life purpose statement. It reminds me to live with the bigger picture in mind. I don't need to focus on the material worries of this earth, but on the things that will last forever.

Would you want to know what your future holds or do you prefer one day at a time?

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