When it comes to being in the moment, I’m the worst. I find myself zoning out, not listening to what those around me are saying, completely out of the conversation. I blame a lot of this on my tendency to worry, giving into the voice that tells me everything is crashing down.
Now, the Bible is EXTREMELY clear that we are not to worry, that our needs will be taken care of. Read that carefully, our NEEDS. Not our wants. Not our wishes. Our needs.
“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” – Philippians 4:12-13
I tend to zone out, not because I find what people are saying boring, but because something has triggered anxiety. I zone out because my mind is racing, searching for solutions to problems that most likely don’t exist, or aren’t worth worrying about even if they do.
People like me, we always think of tomorrow, next week, next year, when we’re 74. As a twenty-something with my first adult job and a room upstairs at my parents’ house, I am oftentimes consumed with the thoughts of a future house, family, mortgages, insurance, and all of the things that my parents make look so easy. I can barely afford to feed myself right now. But, that’s okay. I’m new, young, and have little experience other than what I am gaining now. I am not supposed to have my entire life figured out. However, in my ever-freaked out mind, I want to know. I want to know how it is all going to work out, how I will pay for everything, that everything is going to be okay and I can give my future family the life I was given so generously by my parents.
Sure, planning is good. Knowing about mortgages and 401K plans is good. But not when it keeps you from living today. I don’t know what is going to happen next week. I don’t know where I will be next year. But those things will come to pass when it is time, when God sees fit. For now, I will set myself up in the best possible situation and be ready. I will enjoy today, because today only happens once. It’s cliché to say “tomorrow never comes,” but the harsh reality is that it’s true. I can spend all day worrying about next week, and next week, I will find new things to worry about. The cycle never ends, and before you know it, it pulls you down to a place where today doesn’t exist and all you have is the worry of tomorrow.
Be present. Be here. Have your mind on today. Do what you can do to better yourself today.
“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”” – Hebrews 13:1
Again, not our wants. Not our wishes. Those things aren’t worth the worry. But our needs, our most basic needs of survival, our eternity, our life after this, those are all taken care of.
“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?” – Matthew 6:25-26