Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
-Matthew 6: 34
If there is one thing that I’m good at, it’s worrying. Before one day is finished, you can often find me stressing out about what I’ve got to get done the next day, and the day after that.
So, I’m working on the art of worrying about tomorrow when it comes. In general, worry (along with comparison) is the thief of joy. It takes us away from enjoying the present moment, and it takes our focus off of dealing with the hear and now. Verse 27 of the above quoted scripture asks a very poignant question:
Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
In simpler terms: name one time that worrying has ever made your life better.
Now, this is not to say that we go through life ignoring genuine problems that need solving. Burying one’s head under the sand is just as ineffective as worry.
The true alternative to worry is taking positive action towards conquering your obstacles as they come, enjoying your successes as they arrive, and always staying present in the moment. Give yourself grace and stay confident in knowing that when you do your best in the here and now, the Divine will give you that push and help you take care of your needs-and who knows, maybe a little bit extra.
Worry about tomorrow tomorrow.