How much time do you take in a day planning for tomorrow? Most of us have some form of a routine for the next day to help us prepare for the morning ahead. This includes laying out clothes, getting lunches ready, having a bag or backpack packed and mostly ready to go so that we don't need to rush the next day. Sometimes we may be on the extreme or latter end of this as well, being overly prepared, or not at all. It's important to plan for the coming day, but also to ensure that it doesn't take away from treasuring the time you have in the present. God shows us that it's important not to be anxious for what's coming, but to put our everything into right now, the things we can control. How present are you? As you're reading this, are you thinking about what's going to be happening later today, next week? Try to be present in your day today, and leave the rest to God.
Today's Gospel states:'Therefore do not be anxious, saying, `What shall we eat?' or `What shall we drink?' or `What shall we wear?' For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well. "Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day's own trouble be sufficient for the day' (Matthew 6:31-34).
Today's reading talks about how we shouldn't be anxious about tomorrow, but only be concerned about the current moment. This is a challenge, especially with how busy life can get. Trust me, with having a little one onthe way, it's hard not to think about the months ahead. It's okay to do this, but we can't be so focussed on tomorrow that we miss the joy passing us by right now. Take some time to pray and ask God to help you focus on the present moment.
Today we pray:
Thank You for this wonderful life that You've given to me. Help me to value each and every second, and not get too caught up in things yet to pass.
I pray this in Your most holy name, Amen.