Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. -Matthew 6:34
I have always been a visionary person, so by nature, I have a huge imagination. This is both good and bad. It’s great when I’m trying to plan something, start something, motivate people, or when I want to visualize how a discussion might go, but it’s a nightmare when I’m facing a problem because my thoughts can get out of control.
Scientists have found that the more we use certain neural pathways in our brain, the more our brain becomes accustomed to them. So, if we tend to give in to anxiety and fear in times of conflict or stress and we do this frequently and consistently, we are training our brain to default to anxiety and fear-based response in times of conflict or stress. It’s like wearing a groove in a path we travel over and over; our wheels can get stuck. And the longer we stay there, the more likely we are to become captives to our anxious thinking.
Don’t get stuck in that negative space! Worrying about the past and the future actually prevents us from being in the moment and can keep us in a state of anxiety.
The thing about the future is that it is completely unknown and it is never guaranteed. Living in the past is like dragging heavy baggage through the present and into the future. It ruins both.
Remember: life unfolds in the present, and that’s how God intends us to experience it. He didn’t divide time into 24-hour increments for anything!
In Matthew 6:34, Jesus tells us to take a day-by-day approach. He is indicating that the time is now. Think about what is happening today. Train yourself not to worry about what may happen a week, two weeks, or ten years down the line; God is already planning for that so you don’t have to! Instead, think about what today requires of you and deal with only that.
Whenever you feel anxious about your future or your past, just breathe. Try it with me a few times right now. Breathe in... breath out.
In 2 Corinthians 12, God says, “My grace is sufficient for you.” You aren’t created to bear all the burdens of your life in one single day. God will give you enough strength for today, and that is enough.