So, it’s a new year. And it’s that time of year that everyone talks about “New Year’s Resolutions” and looks back on the past year’s memories. But, I’m not going to bore you with my moments of my past, or my hopes and plans for the future. So I will just sum it up with this, 2012 was a great year with its ups and downs. The Lord challenged me, as well as providing me with wonderfully joyful moments! In the Bible, the Lord calls us to live in today, not dwell on the past and discard our worries about tomorrow.
You say, “but the past has made me who I am and brought me here” and “without planning, I could mess up my future, I need to be on top of everything and prepare.”
Yes, I agree. The past has brought me here too, and made me the person I am with the perceptions and abilities I have. And yes, it is wise to be prepared for my future and not waste what I have today. But, there is such a thing as dwelling too much on each time period. And remember, the Lord has created you uniquely and we each serve Him as He calls, no matter what each of our pasts may be made of. God uses us where He wants us.
“For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothes himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Do not worry then, saying ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” –Matthew 6:25-34
This, however, does not mean we are off the hook and can just do as we please because God will take care of everything. We still are called to be wise with our time and money, and responsible with the Lord’s blessings to us.
“The hand of the diligent will rule, But the slackhand will be put to forced labor.” -Proverbs 12:24
“The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, But the soul of the diligent is made fat.” -Proverbs 13:4
“Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.’ Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If the Lord will, we will live and also do this or that.’ But as it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil. Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.” -James 4:13-17
“Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” -Ephesians 5:15-17
So, I encourage you as we each embark on our own 2013 adventure, live each day for what it is, forgive, forget your worries and trust in the Lord for each moment of each day. But remember, hard work and diligence are very important…so don’t go on slacking with the hope that blessings will come to you.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 4:6-7