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Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34

Worry. It’s the great crippler of mankind. Worry keeps us from doing new things because we are afraid of failure. Worry keeps us from making a stand because we fear rejection. Worry can lead us to sin because we fear that others will think us stuffy and intolerant if we don’t go along with their way of thinking.

One wonders how many useful inventions will never be found because worry kept the inventor from trying his design; how many athletes will never experience the euphoria of victory because they feared failure and did not try; how many books will never be written because those who have been given a story never write.

Jesus spoke often against fear. Imagine Him standing on a hillside overlooking a lake. He asks those within the sound of his voice to look around. “Look at the flowers. Have you ever seen anything so beautiful? Have you ever seen anyone who can make something to enduring, so fragile and as comforting as a flower? How did they get that way? From worry? Of course not! They just allowed God to work through them. They didn’t worry about where the next shower would come from or when the wind would stop blowing. They live each day in the place they are planted and let God take care of the rest.

Then, as an eagle glided over the water in search of its next meal He said, “Observe the birds. Do they have storage bins and savings accounts? Do they work hard today to plan for retirement tomorrow? NO! They rely on their Heavenly Father for everything they need and He supplies it for them.”

Jesus isn’t teaching us that we should not work. He isn’t degrading the idea of planning for the future. What He’s telling each of us is that our main motivation of all we do is to make this day the best we can make it. Live each moment with the anticipation that the things we do will make a difference in the lives of others and show Christ’s love in a way that will lift their spirits.

People do all sorts of things to deal with fear, worry and anxiety. They hide behind money that will burn. They bury those fears under drugs, alcohol or other harmful activities. They build up their own feelings of worth by destroying others. But none of those things last. Only trust in Jesus endures time.

Don’t worry about tomorrow. Live today in a way that will be free of regrets because your actions, attitudes and words build others up and show the love of Jesus to everyone you meet.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father. I thank you that in your wisdom you know my fears and my anxieties. You know the things I’m doing in my life to try to hide my fear. You know they aren’t working and the pain I’m in. Please free me from fear through the forgiveness and love of Jesus. Help me to live for today and trust you with my tomorrow. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.

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