Focus on the Future = Failure in the Present

We were discussing a slightly negative situation with on child while sitting at dinner last night. We’re trying to help said child understand that it isn’t ok to accept mediocrity, but that they must fight to do better. In the midst of the excuses being offered, I explain that their current chosen career path relies heavily on this situation. To which the child responds that they might as well give up that plan and come up with something else then.

I, being disappointed that my child is going to quit so easily, paused to gather my thoughts for the next arguable point. Our other child, who isn’t actually involved with the situation, jumped right in.

“Do you know what the problem is? You are so focused on the future that you aren’t paying enough attention to the things you need to do now.”

The whole conversation stopped. Hmmm.

It didn’t take long for a sibling spat to erupt, but I caught something deep in that one thought.

I am a planner. I’m always looking at what’s next. Where do we go from here? What should we be working on? What’s coming up in the next year? Next five years? Ten?

How many things do I miss today because I’m worried about my tomorrows? I have a feeling it’s a lot.

Then He said to His disciples, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on. Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds? And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one ofo these. If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith? And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you. “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Luke 12:22-34

I spend so much of my time worrying. I worry about things coming up, I worry about the decisions we make that affect the kids, I worry whether I’m doing what God wants me to do or not, and worst of all I worry about things that probably will never happen and that I have no reason to think will ever happen.

How much am I missing today because I’m too busy worrying about what might be?

Worrying will not add one second to my life. As a matter of fact, it actually robs me of time, joy, and blessings.

God already knows all of the trials that I’m going to face. He already holds all the answers. He is waiting for me to trust Him to take care of me. He created me. He loved me enough to send His son to die for me. He cares for birds and flowers, surely He will take care of me.

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7

God cares for me and I don’t have any reason to worry about tomorrow. My salvation is secure, and He will surely meet my needs while I live on this earth.

I like to take pictures. Sometimes I get frustrated with my digital camera. I take the time to set up a shot. Get zoomed in just right. And then when I’m holding down the button to focus the shot, it seems to get all blurry. The next thing I know, there’s a way too close picture of something I wasn’t even wanting a picture of.

I was focusing on something in the distance. Far away. My camera lens, however, picked up something else. Something in between me and the focal point of my shot. The lens believes that I am attempting to take a picture of the closer subject.

It attempts to bring the subject in to focus. However, because I had my sights set on something much further in the distance, the item is blurry and incredibly out of focus.

When I’m worried about the future instead of trusting God and living in the present the same thing happens in my life. The things that I need to be concerned with become blurry and out of focus. I lose sight of them and therefore they become of poor quality.

How sad that I am missing out on the many great things now because of a whole lot of maybes and might bes.

Are you too busy worrying about tomorrow to do what needs done today? Let me encourage you to join me. God already knows what we need. We might as well let go of the worry and live in the present. I’d hate to wake up one day and realize all the things I should’ve done and missed because I was too focused on something too far away.


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