“So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” Matthew 6:34
Worrying comes naturally to me. I try so hard to turn my worries over to God, and I succeed much of the time. Yet, I do have times when I keep taking it back.
I read somewhere that worrying is a form of idolatry and lack of trust in God. I don’t know about that. My intention is always to trust in God, and I believe with all my heart that God prevails in the end. But I also know that I have a calling and responsibility to carry on the world of Jesus in bringing God’s love to this broken and often violent world.
It’s not that I would ever think that I could do such a thing on my own, even though I often take the responsibility as if I AM doing it alone. No, I really know in my mind and heart that I can’t do what I do without the presence of the Holy Spirit in my life or without the teachings of Jesus or without the love of God that is far too good to to keep to myself!
Worrying still is a companion at times, though. I want to do a good job, so I think I worry that I’m not doing enough or ministering “right.” In the above passage, Jesus reminds us that today’s trouble is enough for today, so I have been making a stronger effort to live in the present, being mindful, paying attention.
What I’m learning is that I need a lot more practice! Maybe I have spent too many years living in the future with my ever-present calendar and schedules. So, I’ve made my New Year’s resolution as we go into the church’s new year – Advent.
My resolution is to practice mindfulness – living in the present. It doesn’t mean that I can throw out my calendar or stop planning ahead. However, I can concentrate on what I’m doing at the moment and not be thinking ahead.
By being mindful, I will also not miss the miracles all around me, and I think it will give me a greater appreciation for the people I encounter every day, the work I do all day long, and the opportunities for ministry that come my way.
How about you? Are you enjoying the present moment?
Do you find the presence of Christ in each moment – or at least make an attempt to do so?
How will you live differently when you live more fully in the present?