One day at a time


Many a times, we are overwhelmed as we consider, “How am I to be consistent in my walk with the LORD?”  Today, it seems okay; but how about next week, when I travel to onsite?  New contacts and new surroundings pose threateningly.  How do I survive among my colleagues, who do not share my beliefs?

When I go to my home town and meet my old friends, how do I manage?  How do I survive from being unspotted by the world, when I go on a vacation?  Today, I feel strong in the LORD and serve the LORD – I preach, sing & pray; but how about tomorrow?  Will I be able to stand till the end?

Many of us are stumped when we consider the deliverables and deadlines we have to meet.  It seems so paramount and unreachable!  We spend our time worrying about our goals and targets.  We wonder if we will come up against some obstacle that has not been foreseen or estimated, during the project planning phase.

Yet others worry about their family – wife and children.  My wife pesters me about her career growth – she had a break when we had a baby this year.  She also raises concern about my ‘peanut’ salary increments, in spite of having put in many a long ‘n stretched working hours.  My kids are getting ill often; how will they fare in the exam?

Dear friends, be it our personal spiritual life, our family life or our work life; we tend to worry and waste today as we think about tomorrow!

Shall we listen to what the Lord Jesus Christ has to say about this?

  1. Consider the following logic – to discourage ourselves from worrying about tomorrow:

  Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? (Matthew 6:27)

On the contrary, by worrying we loose many a single hour! As we gain nothing by worrying, why worry?

The secret to ‘Quit Worrying’ is to know the nature and mind of God, our Creator towards us concerning our diverse needs.

  1. Know that God, your heavenly Father knows your needs!

…your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. (Matthew 6:8) 

…your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. (Matthew 6:32)                   

Now, hear the counsel of God on what we need to do after we quit worrying and know the nature of God!

  1. Aim at and strive after maintaining at first, a right relationship with the LORD God your Savior and then, at also spreading the Good News about the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ to the needy around you.

…seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. (Matthew 6:33) 

Bonus! You get a bonus when you are right with God and are involved in the extension of His kingdom!  All things that you were worried about initially are sorted out.  When God takes the rightful place in your life, everything else falls into place – like a jigsaw puzzle.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Mathew 6:34) 

Remember, the good old song ‘One day at a time’?

I’m only human – I’m just a man
Help me to believe in all I could be
And all that I am
Show me the stairway I have to climb
Lord for my sake, teach me to take
One day at a time

One day at a time, sweet Jesus
That’s all I’m asking from You
Just give me the strength to do everyday
What You’d have me 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

Do you remember when You walked among men
Well Jesus You know, looking below
It’s worse now than then
Pushing and shoving, crowding my mind
So for my sake, teach me to take
One day at a time

Let us ask God each day to give you grace to take ‘One day at a time’.

Prayer:   Thank You Father God for You know all my needs!  I realize that I cannot achieve anything by worrying.  Help me as I decide to quit worrying today and seek a right and living relationship with You.  Lead me and guide me; as I strive to help the needy around me with the good news of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Help me take ‘One day at a time’.  In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I pray.  Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer.

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