“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Mt 6:25-34 (NSV)
I recently talked with a high school football coach who had just replaced another coach who had resigned. After several years under the old coach, the program was mired in a losing frame of mind.
I asked the new coach what his plan was to right the ship. His response was that he was not going to worry about the next game. Now that was different. His concern was the next play, teaching his players to first work at getting the basics correct, and then bigger things will happen.
I recently heard a replay of one of Adrian Rogers’ teachings about worry. He said some people believe that because God said to not worry about things, they didn’t have to apply themselves to their problems or situations. Paraphrasing his words, people need to do the basics…apply themselves to whatever the situation might be and believe God will take care of the other things.
I don’t know if the football coach was a Christian, but he was applying the words of Jesus found in Matthew 6: 25-34. Both the coach and Rogers were exhorting the basics.
In all situations, seek the Holy Spirit’s wisdom through prayer. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” Jas 1:5 (ESV)
You might, probably, have to practice it several times, but, “do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Apply the wisdom the Holy Spirit is giving you to handle what may be troubling, and don’t forget to get up. Attack today’s problems. Don’t worry about tomorrow… “Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
About the football team…they are not perfect yet, but this year they have won more games than they did in the previous two seasons.