One Day At A Time - A Reflection on Matthew 6:24-34
One of my favorite songs is One Day at a Time by Christy Lane, and although I don’t like that she starts by saying, “I’m only human” as though, being human was a sad thing, I love the chorus because in it is contained a wonderful recipe to live life. You probably know it, but this is what she sings: One day at a time sweet Jesus, That's all that I'm asking from You. Lord give me the strength to do every day what I have to do. Yesterday's gone sweet Jesus and tomorrow may never be mine. Lord help me today show me the way one day at a time.
Jesus effectively says the same thing today. I paraphrase: "Why do you worry about tomorrow? When tomorrow comes it will bring a new set of worries. Today’s troubles are enough for today.” I know that sounds a little pessimistic, but it isn’t really. Jesus is simply telling us to live a day at a time.
I have discovered a beautiful way of living each day. I wake up in the morning, and I thank God for giving me a new day. I thank him also for the day gone by and then I close the door on it. It’s the past; it’s dead, it’s over. And I close the door not only on the bad stuff that may have happened but also the good stuff.
It’s yesterday’s rubbish, and in this is a good analogy. Don’t you clear out your trash every morning? You have to, otherwise it smells. And once you have thrown it out, do you go and bring it in after a little while. No, I have new rubbish to collect now!
But, seriously, I have a new day to live and I look forward to the wonderful surprises that God has in store for me. I know they are going to be great because he is a great God and likes to do great things. I don’t worry too much about what’s gonna happen because I know that God will take me through. He will take you through too if you trust him to do so.
So, one day at a time. It’s a great way to live. With Jesus, of course.