What About Tomorrow?By Rich DuBose
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It's kind of strange how Jesus didn't have much to say about tomorrow. What He did say is that we shouldn't worry about it.
"Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes" (Matthew 6:34, The Message).
Someone eloquently said, "Today is the tomorrow you used to worry about!"
When dwelt upon, tomorrow's unknown fears can impact the way you live in the present. Like a scorching fire, fear burns up your energy and vitality. It devastates your hopes and eager expectations, cripples faith and can ultimately destroy your health.
God's Word is a good antidote for fear. That's not to say that when it's read it holds some kind of hocus pocus magic that instantly dispells all our fears. Such an expectation would be naive and unrealistic. Rather, God's promises are like the anti-venom that neutralizes the poison of a deadly bite. Suddenly healing is within reach. Try reading these passages and note how you are affected: Psalm 23; Psalm 91; John 14:1-3
"I'm absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God's love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us" (Romans 8:38, 39, The Message).
Questions About Your Future
One of the best ways to plan for tomorrow is to proactively seize today's opportunities for learning and personal growth. Here are some questions to consider. Your answers will help provide a glimpse into what your future may or may not hold:
1. What are you doing today to limit tomorrow's potential medical expenses?
2. Are you putting any money in savings for future needs?
3. What skills are you honing today to make yourself more marketable in tomorrow's workplace?
4. What do you want to be doing five years from now?
5. What are you planning to do five years from now?
6. What is today's most pressing personal challenge?
7. What do you think tomorrow's most pressing challenge will be?
8. What are you doing to master this anticipated challenge?
9. How much time do you invest in other people (family, friends and others)?
10. There are many things we cannot change. What can you do today to influence your sphere of influence in a positive way?