Day Seven – Take things a day at a time

Today is the one week anniversary of my surgery. After all my anxious thoughts before the operation, I have survived!

Which brings me back to something I read before my surgery which actually helped me a lot. Here’s the quote:

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

One reason which our Lord gives against anxiety for the future, is that we have nothing to do with the future. God gives us life by days–little single days. Each day has . . .
its own duties,
its own needs,
its own trials and temptations,
its own griefs and sorrows.

God always gives us strength enough for the day. But if we insist on dragging in tomorrow’s cares and piling them on top of today’s cares–our strength will not be enough for the load. God will not give additional strength–just to humor our whims of worry and distrust.

So the lesson is, that we should keep each day distinct–and attend strictly to what it brings to us. Charles Kingsley says: “Do today’s duty, fight today’s temptation–and do not weaken and distract yourself by looking ahead to things which you cannot see, and could not understand if you saw them.” We really have nothing at all to do with the future–except to prepare for it, by doing the duties of today with fidelity.

J. R. Miller, Daily Bible Readings in the Life of Christ, 1890

It might help you to remember to take things one day at a time. Worrying about the future (your surgical procedure) never accomplishes anything. I would have to say that, so far anyway, it hasn’t been as bad as I imagined. Maybe that will be an encouragement to you.

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