Several years ago the country gospel singer, Christy Lane, scored an international hit record titled One Day at a Time. The lyrics go thus: “One day at a time - this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful it will be worth remembering.”
The words of the song appealed to millions the world around. Deep down we all know the words are true and wish we had the faith to live up to. The best we can reasonably do in this world is to live one day at a time and leave the rest up to God.
The Lord Jesus tells us: “Do not worry.” To some extent everyone, it seems, worries about something all the time. We worry about big things and little. Poor people worry that they have no money and rich people worry that they don’t have enough money. Sick people worry about their premature death, and healthy people worry about getting sick. Some people worry about their past blunders, and others worry about their future. Poor us! The tragedy of most of our lives is that we worry so much about tomorrow that we never claim the resources and enjoyment God has intended for us today.
One of the most touching expressions of God’s love in the Bible is voiced by the Prophet Isaiah. God asks: “Can a mother forget her infant?” and His solemn pledge is: “I will never forget you!” Even the best of human love is only a shadow of God’s eternal, life-giving love for his people.
Jesus calls us to a detachment from material goods and a life of simplicity and dependence on God to avoid unnecessary worries. The love and providence of a merciful God should prod us to put our trust in Him instead, and live each day’s life as it comes, doing His will and realizing His presence within us, within others and in all events of our lives.
Perhaps, another popular song could lift us to be like the birds and the flowers: “Don't worry, be happy. Ain’t got no cash, ain’t got no style? Ain’t got no gal to make you smile? Don't worry. Be happy. 'Cause when you worry your face will frown, and that will bring everybody down. Don't worry, be happy!”
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