Jun 08


Have you heard a bible verse your entire life and then one day you have that ah-ha moment.  That happened to me last week.

 This is day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 NKJV

So I’ve been reading this Dale Carnegie book on worry and he quotes this verse in Psalms. Being a lifelong professional of worry, I was intrigued. Over the last several years, I have experienced much freedom in this area of worry, but at times it still seeks to overwhelm me. I’ve always thought, how do I just make myself have joy when life isn’t all sunny. But now I think I finally get what God meant in this verse. It’s the formula for letting go of worry.

God’s talking about today. This moment in time. He’s not talking about yesterday or tomorrow, but only today. Too often our today is clouded by the failings of yesterday and the worries of  tomorrow. Sometimes we spend so much energy today thinking about the past and the future that we actually steal the joy that belongs to today.

You see the past is well, in the past. Whether we had successes or failure in the past, they belong there in the past. It’s time and space we cannot alter.  Spending too much time there in the past, clouds our way of thinking in today. It robs us of our creativity, energy and passion. Let go of the past, particularly your failures. Don’t believe the lie that today is pointless and that what you do doesn’t matter. It does matter. This is the day, full of hope and possibility.

And then there’s the future. There is so much uncertainty there. We could worry about finances, the economy, politics, the environment, jobs, the list goes on and on. And clearly most of what we worry about never happens. I think worry of the future is completely rooted in fear. Fear of death, fear of failure, fear of the unknown. The enemy of our soul knows this. Constant fear of what’s to come will keep you paralyzed in today.

God gave me this picture of me driving in an awesome sports car on this two lane road on a very scenic drive. It was picture perfect. I was driving along the coastline, the sun was shining. It was the perfect day. And He said to me something profound. The reason you don’t have joy in this moment is because you spend too much time looking in your rear view mirror and out past the horizon.  You just need to look at what’s right in front of you.

What’s right in front of you is today. This very moment is full of hopes, and dreams, and possibility, and joy. And how you spend that moment is up to you. Will you spend this moment that you’ve been given staring in the rearview reliving the failures of your past? Or will you spend today focusing on the horizon of all the worries of tomorrow or the dreams of a future you hope for so desperately. Future dreams don’t happen unless we put those dreams into action – today.

Today is a new day. A day birthed in hope and possibility. What will you do today?


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