As the saying goes, “if you fail to plan you plan to fail”; so ,the prudent thing to do as humans is to plan for the future. But the truth is no one knows what the future holds and we don’t have control over it. So that gives us the opportunity to focus our energy on the present. Jesus said in Matthew 6:34, “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries.” Today’s trouble is enough for today. Taking it one day at a time is not just a cliché, it is a wise thing to do. The present is where we actually make those choices that shape our future. The present is where life counts and where we can be fully engaged.
Even though the New Year offers us an opportunity to take inventory of the past and look ahead to the future we cannot be so caught up in these two time zones that we neglect the present. We should enjoy living in the now and take time to savor the moments, and smell the roses along the way. Life is not about the destination but it is the sights and sounds on the trip that makes the difference.
As a pastor, I hope and pray that you have a bright outlook for the future while you are actively engaged with the present. I hope that you will continue to renew your faith in God and trust the Lord to guide and provide all your needs. I hope and pray that any form of worry and anxiety will diminish because you trust the Lord who promises to be with you and me on the journey ahead.
The Gospel of Matthew also says, “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 clothing? Look at the birds of the air they neither sow nor reap and yet your Father feeds them. Are you not more valuable than they? And can any of you, by worrying, add a single hour to your life?” Jesus says the divine providence of God provides for the birds of the air and that assurance should give us peace. As we look ahead to the New Year let us trust God to help us to make the right choices that will form the foundation for all our successes.
So let us expect our tanks to be filled with new dreams, and new possibilities of God’s blessings. However, we have to cease the moments that God gives us so that we can make the most of it. Let us do our part by serving the Lord and God will do His part. For God is already in the future, God knows the future and knows what the future holds. His word tells us in Jeremiah 29:11, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you, not to harm you, to give you a future with hope.’”
Have a Happy and Blessed New Year!
Peace and Blessings