We live in a world where many people spend an inordinate amount of time and energy worrying about tomorrow – what the future will bring – instead of focusing upon today. No amount of analytical effort, no matter how “scientific” is it touted to be, will really allow you to predict the future and certainly nothing that you do while sitting and worrying about it will change the future. The only thing that you can do to have an impact on your future is take actions today that will change your personal impact on the world.
Will you do things that are outgoing and friendly today or will you withdraw and shut down attempts by others to interact with you? Will you be open and receptive to new ideas or closed-minded and set in your ways? Will you greet those who are different from you with an inclusive and friendly attitude or will you shun them and look the other way? Will you offer your help to those in need or pass them by like the priest and the Levite did the man whom the Samaritan helped? You have choices all day long, every day, between doing right or wrong, good or evil, something or nothing, helping or ignoring. All of those choices are much more important than spending time worrying about the future.
Rather than spend your time and energy worrying about things that might happen in the future; spend that same energy on things that you can make happen today. This day and every day is a test of your faith. At the core of that faith is the phrase “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.” If you believe that, how can you be worried? Just take care of what His will has in mind for you today and let the rest take care of itself.
To spend your time worrying about what might happen outside of what you can control in your own behavior is really spending time trying to understand or questioning the will of God that is occurring all round you. Both of those efforts are foolhardy and egotistical acts of defiance against the will of God. Perhaps, instead of worrying about other things; you should be praying, “God, help me to be all that you want me to be today.” You’ll end up being a happier and better person and the world around you will take care of itself and seem to be a better place, too.
Start each day with a little prayer,” Not my will but thy will be done.” Then, go out and make that happen. Think about all of the good that would happen in the world if everyone started their day with that prayer. Now, that’s a movement worth joining. Have a great day.