Worried about tomorrow?

Worried about tomorrow?

A man found himself worrying too much and so decided to employ a man whose only job was to do the ‘worrying’ for him. He was promised a big mansion, an expensive car and a fat salary of two hundred thousand rupees a month.

A man who turned up for the interview asked, “Sir, and where are you going to get the money for all this?” He replied, “That’s not my problem. You can start worrying about it from today.”

We wish we could laugh our worries away, for none of us really wishes to worry about tomorrow for it deprives us the peace we can enjoy today. Every tomorrow will be a new ‘today’, so live one day at a time. The longest journey begins with the first step, a biggest building begins with the first brick; Rome was not built in a day and you and I grew one day at a time in the womb before being born into the world.

Corrie ten Boom, who survived the Nazi holocaust, wrote: “Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength-carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.”

There was a man who worked for a refrigeration company. One night, he entered a huge refrigeration container to do routine work. The container door accidentally closed leaving him trapped inside. He screamed for hours but no one heard him. He didn’t succeed in breaking open the door.

Inside the container, he began to feel colder and colder. Then he began to feel weaker and weaker, and using his tools, he wrote on the wall of the container, “I am feeling colder, and colder; and I am getting weaker, and weaker. I am dying, and these may be my last words.”

Early morning when the other workers opened the compartment, they found him dead. “This man worried himself to death. He could have waited for us till morning,” they said, because the refrigerating container had broken down 10 days earlier.

Allowing worry to overwhelm him, the poor worker did not realise that the unit was not working and so felt cold, got weaker and literally gave up on living further, he died.
Jesus cautions about worry and invites us to put our ‘tomorrow’ in God’s hands and live each day to the fullest. ‘I say to you, do not be worried about your life, what you will eat or drink or wear for your body.

Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? The birds of the air neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns and still your heavenly Father feeds them. You are much more than they? By being worried can you add a single hour to your life? Why are you worried about clothing?

The lilies of the field do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even king Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. If God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more care for you? So do not worry about tomorrow (Mt 5:25ff).