Life is too amazing to hang on to the ways that we used to think. Think about what, though?
No matter what you have been dealt in life, you need to let go. Old mind-sets, old routines or patterns, judgements against others, and the list continues.
Here is what brings this about…I have been talking to some of the guys at the Village. The other day, I got into this deep conversation about the way life used to be and the way like could be. It is kind of a continual conversation.
He mentions that today was a victory in the battle against alcoholism, but he doesn’t know what tomorrow might hold. He is an older man, mid-forties or so… He keeps talking about tomorrow..tomorrow…tomorrow. There is a song about that. “Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love you, tomorrow. you’re only one day away.”
I just keep reminding him that the Bible warns us about tomorrow and encourages us to focus on today. I just remind him that tomorrow has enough worries and troubles of it’s own. focus on what God is trying to tell you today and be encouraged by that.
It seems that is how Job got through most of what he went through. Same with Moses, walking around in the desert, David hiding in caves and running from Saul, Paul in the New Testament writing letters from prisons all over (especially the isle of Patmos), Steven (Acts 7), and more…Not to let Him be last, but Jesus. He focused on today’s task and speaking the truth of what God, the Father, told Him to carry out throughout the land.
So if we are created in God’s image, then should we not also conduct ourselves in the same manner.
Focus on today. Do not worry about tomorrow.
He asked about the dangers of that…I told him that there is a bit of a fine line in this…It is wise to sit down and look at long-term. i actually suggested that he write it down. One month out, three, six, nine, one year…five years. I told him to check himself once a week or so and that he can sort of gauge how things are going and how he is growing by that.
So, focus on today, plan for tomorrow…AND!!??!?
Live out the promises. I have been guilty of the one that plans everything out, does all of the research, organizes everything that needs to be organized, and then when it comes time to do the actual thing, I am burned out…and can’t follow through with the plan. I get so wrapped up in the details, sometimes, that I lose the fire and desire that I had in the beginning.
Just a thought…