Enjoy today; worry not about tomorrow   2 comments

“Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34 NIV

I have always had a problem worrying over things I dreaded, things that could not be avoided like a dental appointment, a medical procedure, or having to drive somewhere where I didn’t want to go, taking me out of my comfort zone. I worried about getting lost, being alone in a crowd of people I didn’t know, getting in a bad car accident. You name it; the list of dreaded things I could not avoid would grow and increased my anxiety to a point that what I was really feeling was out-right fear, the fear of tomorrow, the fear of the unknown.

Worrying over our tomorrows takes our focus off what is important today, and steals the joy that God has for us. What God wants to do for us today, in us, or through us the devil wants to steal. When tomorrow comes we may have regret that we did not put more effort into making our yesterday the best it could have been. Even the memory of it might not be a happy one. Experiencing the joy of today enables us to not fear or worry about tomorrow. Fear sucks the joy right out of our very soul. It can cripple us from walking (daily) in the spirit.

I realized that more than the things I dreaded tomorrow was the inability to appreciate what I have today, an opportunity to make it my best day, to live in the moment and not dwell on what would come in its own time. Learning to take one day at a time even when there are things I knew were coming did not have to steal my attention off of today. For this day I choose to make it my best day, and be hopeful, expectant that whatever today brings I will rejoice and be glad in it because I know that God has all in His hands, and I know He has all my tomorrows as well.


Joyce E. Johnson © 2018

Posted February 28, 2018 by Joyce in Chrisitanity, Devotional, Faith, My Writings

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2 responses to “Enjoy today; worry not about tomorrow

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  1. Very well encapsulated, Joyce. We have to make the most of each day for ourselves and our loved ones.

    Whenever Lisa returns home from work, she would eagerly share her day. Sometimes, she would catch me in the middle of my writing and I would reply to her enthusiasm with polite but monosyllabic words. She never complained – never. Recently, I realised my shortcoming. Now, I stop my work and give her my full attention. The writing can wait – and so what if I lost my train of thought. She is more important. Period.

    I have much more to learn.

    All good wishes,


    • Thanks Eric for reading and commenting. I am so happy you and Lisa have such a great relationship and marriage. We all can relate to the ways where we fall short of showing more love, affection and attention to those we love. Life is too short to waste any of it, and we find later that moments wasted or used in ways that are not as important as time spent with our loved ones we regret later, and cannot make it up. This day, this moment in time is what ultimately counts. I learned that lesson more last year, but God is so gracious and forgiving and just gently nudges us where we need a gentle reminder of that.

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