“The best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time.” -Abraham Lincoln
Why do we worry about the future? Can you live in the future? The answer is no, but we can ruin the present by worrying about the future. I spent the first 10 years of my professional life worrying about the next job, promotion, and rung on the ladder. I had some great times during those years, but it was usually the enjoyment that accompanied accomplishment. I didn’t allow myself to enjoy the process of living, thus missing opportunities that God placed in front of my face. While this is not necessarily a post dedicated to worry, that is a component of our obsession with the future. What does the Bible say about this type of behavior?
Matthew 6:25-27 ESV
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?
Not only do we not add time to our life by worrying, we effectively shorten our life by taking the time enjoyed with purpose out of it. That is before we factor in stress-related diseases that will shorten our physical life. We also can paralyze ourselves in God’s intentions for our life. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis on June 24, 2014, I have walked fewer steps over the past two and a half years than one of the previous healthy ones. I also feel like I travel farther in one day than I did over the 10 years prior to being diagnosed.
I am amazed at the number of people that make the comment to me about how brave I am for continuing on with my life…really? What choice do I have? I have a family…I have a purpose within God’s Plan…these two things allow me to live life to the fullest, something I did not do prior to 2014. I have frustrations…I have petty complaints…I would love to run again…I hate having people have to walk slowly with me. While life will not be easy, it is worth it. We have to take it one step at a time…one day at a time.