I remember one afternoon last year, as I was preparing Chapel for an upcoming NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour event, my little buddy Micah kept walking in to show me his LEGO creations that he had been making all afternoon. It seemed every time I had a thought, I’d hear his soft voice and turn my head to see him standing in the doorway. The thought was gone.
To be honest, I had a brief moment of frustration. I had something I needed to do, and I needed to be left alone to do it.
Micah would hang his head and walk out of the room before excitedly returning moments later with another creation to share.
As I again watched him standing at the door for seemingly the tenth time, it finally hit me that one day I won’t get to see his sweet, smiling 5-year-old face standing in my doorway. Then I just stopped, watched, and listened.
That five year old will be ten before I know it, then twenty. I will miss these moments then.
I began to think about all of the times I’ve missed the moment because I was too worried or concerned about something in the future.
I am one of the best at allowing tomorrow’s worries to steal today’s joy.
Bills, deadlines, and conflicts all have a way of taking the joy out of today. Sometimes it isn’t something necessarily stressful that can rob us of today.
Maybe it is a long term goal or project we are working towards. Maybe it is the anticipation of something else that steals the joy of today. I think as racers, many of you can relate. Sometimes the worry of racing for a championship can take away from the joy of racing for the moment.
We don’t have to let tomorrow rob us of the joy and opportunities that today holds.
Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians (5:16-18) that we are to be “joyful always…giving thanks in all situations”. Psalm 118:24 reminds us, ‘this is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!’
In Matthew we’re painted a picture of the birds of the air, how they don’t sow or reap. They don’t store away for the next day, yet God feeds and provides for them daily. Just as they don’t have to worry, nor do we have to worry about tomorrow. Our worrying for tomorrow won’t change the future, or add any time to our lives. It just takes away from today.
So how do we react when the things of tomorrow begin to overwhelm our today? “Therefore, humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7
Then we can begin to live as the wise, making the most of every opportunity before us(Ephesians 5:15-16)!
Find joy and make an impact in the world today…let tomorrow worry about itself!