Have you ever spent so much time worrying about what might happen that you missed enjoying the moment? I have been reminded of that a few times in the last couple of weeks. I traveled to Vegas for a huge family Thanksgiving reunion, and just when we arrived at the airport in Vegas, two things happened that made my heart sink, one of which caused me to worry. But that one thing is still yet future, and there’s nothing I can do about it anyway, so I was determined to put both things aside and into God’s hands and enjoy every moment I could.
Jesus said, “Be not therefore anxious for the morrow: for the morrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” (Matthew 6:34 ASV) In other words, today has enough troubles of its own so why worry about tomorrow today? A Yiddish proverb is very similar. It says, “Do not worry about tomorrow, because you do not even know what may happen to you today.”
“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” —Corrie Ten Boom
“Worry gives a small thing a big shadow.” —Swedish proverb
“Dreadful is the state of mind that is anxious about the future.” —Latin proverb
“Fretting cares make gray hairs.” —English proverb
“Worry is the darkroom in which ‘negatives’ are developed.” —Unknown
Proverbs 15:15 says, “All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.” People who worry about everything enjoy nothing, while those who are agreeable or cheerful live full lives. It’s not that we should stick our heads in the sand, but we should be careful not to make mountains out of molehills.
“The past is behind, learn from it. The future is ahead, prepare for it. The present is here, live it.” —Thomas S. Monson
“The first rule of focus is ‘Wherever you are, be there.’” —Unknown
“We’re so busy watching out for what’s ahead of us that we don’t take time to enjoy where we are.” —Bill Watterson, author of Calvin and Hobbes
So whether your holiday season ahead looks hectic and stressful or dismally lonely, take each moment today as it comes and don’t worry about tomorrow. Find something to enjoy today. Don’t miss it.
“You must be present to win.”
“In nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.” —Philippians 4:5, 6 ASV
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