Matthew 6:34

So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

Yeah, right. Do not worry. Of all the things that Jesus said, I think this is the hardest to swallow. It’s even hard to fathom. I am a worrier. I worry about money, I worry about church, I worry about my kid, I worry about the world. I worry. But here’s what I know about worry.

Worrying robs us of joy. When we are consumed with dread for tomorrow, we don’t have the emotional or mental capacity to experience today’s joys. Plus, when we don’t live in the present, we miss out on the spirituality of the present.

The Rt. Rev. Mary Gray-Reeves, Bishop of the Diocese of El Camino Real, says that the truest form of spirituality is simply inhabiting the present. Therefore, when our hearts are occupied by tomorrow, we actually miss an opportunity to connect with the living God.

Today, I challenge you to take notice of the things around you. Take in your local surroundings. Name the things in your presence. Connect with today so that you can connect with God.

The Rev. Jimmy Abbott

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