A Look Back on Today Twelve Years Later
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.Matthew 6:33-34 NIV
I’m finally getting around to blogging my 2011 New Year’s resolution. Yes and it is a month late, in the middle of the second week in February to be exact.
I don’t even know why I try to control by time limiting my goals. As if accomplishing the goal I’ve set will prove to the world that I’ve arrived. I’ve finally made it, I’m somebody, look what I’ve accomplished in the time that I’ve said I would. I’m not trying to be cynical about goal setting, but I am trying to filter out my agenda from God’s agenda in my life. Planning is a good thing, but my to do list may not be my God given to do list for this day.
I love how in scripture, God reiterates “today” not next week, next year, or ten years from now. He encourages us to action only in the present tense. Looking back in God’s economy is only helpful for gauging how far you’ve come. So I didn’t finish blogging my way through Proverbs last year. I think I was trying to open the bottle, pour out what I needed and then cork it back up. But in essence, God wants me to let the cork stay out on the table while the wine breathes. I may even need to pour the wine into a decanter to morph it into a new shape, different to it’s original bottle. That is what reading the Bible and meditating on it means to me.
So don’t try to conquer that resolution or goal in a sprint, concentrate on this day. Allow for distractions. Usually the most teachable moments in my life are unforeseen disasters. And yes, I’ve experienced foreseen disasters also, which are teachable too. Milk is going to be spilt on the carpet right after it’s been shampooed. Therefore, my resolution this year is to get over it…over and over again. I need to take off the horned helmet of environmental-control for another more appropriate head covering, the veil of self-control. I’ll give it a try at least for THIS DAY!