It has been said that there are two days that people worry most about but should actually worry least about: Yesterday and Tomorrow. You worry about yesterday—the mistakes you’ve made and what you would like to do over or differently. Yet, there is nothing you can do to change yesterday. Your worries are wasted. You also worry about tomorrow – the problems it may bring and the challenges you may face. Yet, you cannot control tomorrow. It is out of your grasp. So again, your worries are wasted. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own... —Matthew 6:34.
When you do not waste your worries on yesterday or tomorrow, it frees you to live in the present—today. Today, you are able to make decisions about your life. Today, you can set your course, set off in a new direction or alter your course, if necessary. Sure, you will still make your share of mistakes. And, you will still have worries. Each day brings enough to be concerned about. Still, rarely are life’s concerns unbearable today. Your worries become unbearable when you add the wasted worries of yesterday and tomorrow.
Jesus instructs you to live one day at a time. He knew that so much of what you worry about is out of your control. He wanted you to understand that God gives you today. And, as you live your life seeking Him, you are in a safe place. Jesus promises that your heavenly Father will provide you with everything you need.
When I’m tempted to worry about any of my life’s concerns, I find that it helps to remind myself of the many times I’ve given in to worry—and how things never came to pass as I had feared—which is actually the vast majority of the time!
Do your best to live just today—one day at a time! And, when you find yourself tempted to worry, remind yourself of Jesus’ words, “…your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” (Matthew 6:32-33, NLT.)