Thursday, August 2, 2012

Live for today

As soon as I saw this quote, I realized this was something I truly learned last year and has made ALL the difference in the world this year.

It's so easy getting caught up in schedules, agendas, events, and future planning that we easily forget to enjoy what we have in front of us.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, we can worry so much about what lies ahead, that we are stressed. That removes any possibility of current joy and peace because we're so focused on something out of our control. Most of the time, we've blown something out of proportion that was probably very insignificant.

Matthew 6:25-34 says it best:

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

When you live for today and not what lies tomorrow, there is so much freedom, peace and joy in what's here and now.  

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