A Day at a Time
Matthew 6:25-34Living one day at a time is a discipline we all have to focus on when we're in recovery. It's easy to slip back into letting ourselves focus on worries about tomorrow, the "what ifs" and the "if onlys." Each day brings with it a host of things we cannot change. We face the continual reality of momentary circumstances beyond our control. There is also the reality of who we are, human beings confined within the slice of life we call today. It is tempting to deny the present, but escaping reality is part of the insanity of our addictive way of life.
Jesus once said, "Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? . . . So don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today's trouble is enough for today" (Matthew 6:27, 34). The prophet Jeremiah said, "The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning" (Lamentations 3:22-23). Since God's grace comes in daily doses, that's the best way to face life.
We need to ask ourselves at every turn, Am I accepting this present moment or am I pretending, trying to escape into the past or the future? For each day, there is something to find joy in, and there is strength promised for the troubles of that day. The psalmist wrote, "This is the day the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it" (Psalm 118:24). We, too, can choose to find joy, strength, and sanity when we accept today's realities.
Our days can be filled with worry and anxiety or joy and anticipation; it's our choice.