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“Therefore I tell you: Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear.
Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing?
Consider the birds of the sky: They don’t sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they?
Can any of you add one moment to your life-span by worrying?
And why do you worry about clothes? Observe how the wildflowers of the field grow: They don’t labor or spin thread. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these. If that’s how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, won’t he do much more for you—you of little faith?
So don’t worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’
For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.
Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." matthew 6:25-34
Honestly I could just leave this scripture there as my post for today. These verses are stacked.
I was just thinking about these verses the other day and I found myself shaking my head at this idea -- what would life even look like if we didn't think about tomorrow?
How much time in our day do we spend on tomorrow?
Preparing for tomorrow, anxious for tomorrow, thinking about the scenarios of tomorrow.
I think it would scare us how much of our lives we lose to this.
We lift what needs to get done for tomorrow as higher priority than what is happening today.
When everything is looking at tomorrow, it is never fully today.
When we spend time worrying about tomorrow, we are taking life away from ourselves.
This happens, daily. For all of us.
And the Bible speaks to it.
"...don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
So do we just never look to the future? Can we not plan? Can we not be prepared?
I don't think these verses are talking about not planning a summer vacation or not studying for that test -- I do think these verses are speaking about not entering into a day while not living the last. I think these verses speak to taking each day as an individual experience, and for lack of better words, a gift. We can so easily rush through weeks, looking to the next thing, and not seeing what is right in front of us.
This may seem cheesy or over-done, but I think we could all use a giant group deep breath.
Here's how we can practically not worry about tomorrow:
1. Work towards being fully present
Be here. Be with the people you're with. If you hate where you are, try to find something in it that you can learn from instead of complaining through it. Another way we can not be fully present is when we are looking towards tomorrow with dread, not wanting it to happen. It's in these moments that we can have so much anxiety about the next day, that we waste the time that we have before.
Working towards being fully present is just that, work. There was a time in my life where I had to write "BE HERE" on my hand as a constant reminder to slow down and be where I was. Maybe that's something you need to do.
2. Set our phones down
I know, I know. Just do it. See what happens. Put it down for an hour, or two, or a whole day. When we're constantly connected, things just move faster. Decisions get made second to second. Phones can be the ultimate thief of your today. Don't give your phone that kind of power.
3. Set aside space to be quiet
This is pretty self-explanatory. But when was the last time you just sat? Not with your phone, not with Netflix, not even with music, not even with a book.
When is the last time you allowed yourself to sit in the quiet? I couldn't tell you when I've ever done that. I can't imagine how much we would be able to organize our thoughts if we were still from time to time.
4. Break from the routine
Find times during your day to try something different. This can look like anything. Find ways to make each day unique from the next. Set up coffee dates with new people, try a new restaurant, wear something different, listen to something else, take someone else's recommendation for something, etc. etc. Make this day different.
Because your life is precious,
Because you are unique,
Because each of your breaths have purpose,
Because each of your days have meaning,
Break your routine, slow it down, enter conversations for no personal motivation, live within the day you are in.
Live for the sake of loving those around you instead of for the sake of your next 30 years.
Tomorrow will worry about itself.