Is life getting you down?
Is your day feeling a drudge?
Is the future pointless?
Here Jesus’ advice helps to get things back on track:
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
A few years ago I wrote a short story of a Victorian magic lantern that showed the future.
Since then, we have all travelled several times around the sun on this rock of ours.
And perhaps it is an ‘age thing’, but I feel less inclined than before to flip the switch on that lantern and look at what the screen might show.
However, as I go around my community, I feel I am not alone.
Perhaps, you also feel the same?
Since there are many today reluctant to look into the future.
This is for a multitude of reasons.
But mostly, it is because their day holds so little promise for tomorrow.
So what can we do?
Well, although we may have more lofty ambitions for the gospel, helping people to cope with their present moment is a foundational task.
Helping ourselves find hope, direction and meaning is a survival task.
That’s why Christ’s advice is so relevant in its wisdom.
For, he is saying, success is sequential, not simultaneous.
Value today as the only canvas for tomorrow.
Above all, seek glimmers of Christ’s kingdom, now, and it gains reality for tomorrow.
Or as the old hymns said –
One day at a time, Sweet Jesus, one day at a time.
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