Sometimes, okay most of the time, I tend to be goal-orientated. Set a goal, make a plan, put in the time, dedication and sacrifice it takes and work toward accomplishing that goal. Having goals is great! That is what walks us toward progress. But what happens when we get so focused on our goals that we start seeking our tomorrow? What happens when we begin to fixate our eyes on the future, on what we are expecting down the road?
Living for tomorrow can bring worry, anxiety, questions, fear, and doubt. For me personally, I begin to struggle with doubt. What if I don’t hit my goal? What if I fail? What if it doesn’t work? What if I don’t get that promotion or upgrade?
What about you? What do you struggle with when you start to fixate your eyes into the future?
~So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own troubles. Matthew 6:34
I am learning that the more I focus on the future the more questions and the more doubt and the more worry seem to creep in. Worrying is mentally spinning our wheels – it takes so much of our energy and produces nothing good. Over and over in the scriptures God tells us not to worry.
~ “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” Matthew 6:25-27
The Father knows that the more we worry about our tomorrows the more access we give the thief to manipulate our thoughts. Spinning our wheels… And the more we worry the more we doubt, and the more we doubt the less we trust. Trust Him with our lives and our future. If I begin to fixate on the future then pretty soon I begin to seek it and I am no longer seeking God. It is so easy to get caught up in seeking other things, the things of our tomorrows – money, fame, success, promotion, value – so much so that we lose sight of today. Right now. What God is doing right now.
God has great things planned for us today and if we are so focused on tomorrow we will miss out on today. I don’t want to miss out on today. I want to use the precious time that God has given me for what He intends. I want to seek God – His face, His ways, His character, HIM. Not just what the future hold and what he can give me… because those things coming in the future – those promotions, those upgrades, those success stories – they mean nothing without Him.
While we continue to set our goals to move forward, let’s let Him be the God of today, of our everyday. Let’s abandon our old ways of worrying and live everyday like we have a Father in heaven who cares for us. Lets dig deeper, trust more, believe Him and live. Live fully in today.