During my highly complicated morning routine of rolling out of bed and immediately searching for coffee, I overhead another crew member talking with one of our cafe workers. She mentioned that she tells her girls that tomorrow is never promised to anyone, so you shouldn’t waste a single moment today or put things off for tomorrow just because you can.
That was something said so simply, but it was also highly impactful. The last couple evenings, my reception job on board has been a bit more hectic than usual and has presented a lot of new challenges that I have had to figure out on my own or ask for help with. By the end of my shifts, I have been exhausted and extremely stressed about everything going on and whether or not I’m doing everything correctly.
Last evening specifically, I was sitting at the desk about 30 minutes before the end of my shift, completely exhausted from stress and the events of the day. Our Chief Officer came by and, like every time he walks by, he checked to see if I was still smiling. When I wasn’t, he asked me how I was doing and I shared with him how I was feeling. This opened up an awesome conversation where he reminded me that even if the things I’m doing are extremely important and even if I mess it up, life moves on. We can only do our best, with a smile on our face and then we have to let it be.
This morning as I sat with a little free time to rest, Matthew 6:33-34 came to mind:
So above all, constantly chase after the realm of God’s kingdom and the righteousness that proceeds from him. Then all these less important things will be given to you abundantly. Refuse to worry about tomorrow, but deal with each challenge that comes your way, one day at a time. Tomorrow will take care of itself.
Matthew 6: 33-34 (TPT)
Earlier in that passage in Matthew 6, it talks about everything we need being provided by God. Jesus points out that our lives are much more than the meals we eat, the clothes we wear, and the problems we face. And he then asks where our worrying is getting us. Are we adding anything to our life by stressing about the problems and challenges we face?
Worry has been something I have dealt with for years, and it takes a lot for me to focus in on one thing at a time. Having these reminders this week has relaxed my spirit. I am so thankful for the reminder that God is always present, always loves me, and is always providing for me. Every problem I face is nothing compared to him.
Along with this, I have limited time here on earth. Tomorrow isn’t promised, so it definitely isn’t worth worrying about today. Why would I want to waste time worrying about it if I have no guarantee it will come? And, if it is possible I won’t have tomorrow, why would I want to waste the precious moments I have by worrying about my problems today? If I know God is providing for me and my challenges are nothing to him, then I have no need to worry.
If something goes wrong, life moves on. God is providing for me today. If I am blessed to live tomorrow, then he will provide for me then. If tomorrow doesn’t come, then I will be with him.
The only thing that matters in the end is him. That’s it. Plain and simple. When all is said and done, the most important thing I can do is pursue God, because he is the one thing I can rely on no matter what. And like Matthew 6:33 says, once I am focused on him, he will provide for me abundantly.
He’s got it.
That means I can walk through today with a genuine smile 🙂