Ten years, ten months, ten days from now.
Our minds run a million miles a minute each day, and if you’re anything like me, 600,000 of these thoughts are about the future. Where will I live next year? Where will I get a job after I graduate? Just some of the questions that go through my mind. Now I don’t know about you but it seems like the more I think about these things the sadder or more discouraged or anxious I get. But that is not the way that God wants us to live.
Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
We need to live for today…
What does that mean?
Well it doesn’t mean you stop planning and dreaming for your future. But it means that you stop becoming so preoccupied with thoughts of the future that it starts to become troubling for you to think about it.
So I decided to find out what “living for today” looks like just from living, and I have looked up in scripture some ways to just live for today…
1) Pressing Into God
When we seek after God and the things in Him we will not worry about the future ahead. By occupying our minds with the Lord and His thoughts, and not ours, we can enjoy life with the love and joy of God for each day instead of worrying about it.
Philippians 4:8-9 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
2) Loving Others
When we are doing things for others, caring for others, loving others, and interacting with others we really don’t have the time to worry about our futures. Being selfless. Not that thinking about our futures is selfish. Not at all. It is just as humans we have a tendency of having a thought and then start to dwell on it. And that is where worry comes in, and the questions that make us anxious because we want answers that it’s not time for us to know. But when helping and being with someone else we don’t dwell on our thoughts, so we don’t worry.
Philippians 2:2-4 Then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
Hebrews 13:1-3 Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.
3) Discipline Your Daydreams
This is something that I have recently learned from a speaker that came to my school, and when she said this it hit me because this is true. Alicia Britt Chole was the speaker this week. And she spoke about how we sometimes create an alternate reality in our daydreams as a place of comfort for us. And how we end up becoming discontent with the reality of our real lives. By disciplining our daydreams so that we don’t use them to escape or make “what if” scenarios of our real lives we can enjoy the life that God has given us.
She said that the way she does this is when she starts to daydream to escape or to entertain thoughts in her mind she looks up verses not on it but on the opposite of what you are thinking about.
Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 This is what I have observed to be good: that it is appropriate for a person to eat, to drink and to find satisfaction in their toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given them—for this is their lot. Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil—this is a gift of God. They seldom reflect on the days of their life, because God keeps them occupied with gladness of heart.
We spend so much time thinking about ourselves that it makes it easy for us to freak out about the future. But by occupying our mind with the things of God and with loving others, we can rest in the Lord and live our lives with joy and happiness, knowing that God will have it all work out for our good in the end.