I know that we all deal with these things, but I just wanted to get them down and show just tedious life can be. But don’t worry…Sunday is coming!
1. Living through today
It’s hard to deal with the ‘todays’ of our lives. Living through a single day sometimes seems like a strain to even the toughest of men. Going through the motions of living is stressful, consuming, boring, tiring…you name it, you got it. Life can be crazy. One minute, you can be having a great day, and the next you’re knocked to the floor, the wind pushed out of your lungs, gasping for air, trying to stand. You can be laughing with friends and get a phone call that changes everything. You can be finishing up school, enjoying life, and find out that you didn’t get the perfect job–or any job at all, really. You can be on top of the world, and one word can bring you tumbling down. The opposite is also true, of course: You’re having a horrible, very bad, no good day and you get a call or a message saying you got the perfect job or something like that. You can be gasping for air when a warm, friendly hand swoops down to pick you up, lift you off the ground, brush you off. That’s life for you; one move, and the whole structure of living changes.
2. Planning for tomorrow
Probably the most stressful thing on the planet is thinking about tomorrow. You don’t even have to start planning things out; just thinking about the next day is crazy and stressful. Parents have to think of what make for dinner for the family, what chores need to be done, if their kids need anything important. Independent people–like college students–have to think about where the next meal is coming from, what errands need to be done, if the car has enough gas–and if it doesn’t, then can I afford gas at all–and appointments that need to be kept. Even younger kids have to worry about tomorrow, although the younger you get, the less stress you have in regards to tomorrow. You’re not worried about food–mom will provide!–you’re not worried about clothes–you’ll go shopping sometime–and you’re really only worried about what others will think of you in that tomorrow. What if you screw up when you’re asking a question in class? etc.
3. Seeing tomorrow through
Don’t chicken out. I know it’s tempting to run from today, to seek a yesterday that was easy and enjoyable. Ultimately, though, it comes down to three options; 1) you won’t even remember tomorrow, so how bad could it be? Seriously, you don’t remember things that aren’t important. 2) you’ll remember it because something awful happened. I know, kind of goes against my point, but here’s one better; God has a plan, and even in the face of worst-case-scenarios, He will find a way for you to go through. If you feel like you can’t take any more, then that’s when you know God is standing right there with you, taking on the load so that you don’t have to. You can’t do it alone, no matter what. That’s what God is for; to love you and care for you. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Remember? 3) You will remember tomorrow because something amazing and fantastic happens. God graces us each and every day. Why should tomorrow be any different? The one and only thing you can count on when everything else goes wrong is God. You’ve had good days before. Make tomorrow into a good yesterday, one that you can always remember and thank God for. It’s possible.
Phew. I needed to get that out…
I’m going to go look forward to tomorrow now.
And remember, it’s like Adam Young said:
Molehills. Don’t make a mountain out of one!