When I was learning how to play golf, I asked an old pro, “How can I become a good golfer?” I still remember his answer – “One shot at a time.” I also remember not liking it. I wanted a tip or trick to hit like the pros – but what he gave me was new perspective. Being good at golf is less about the round of 18 holes or even any individual hole. It lives in this shot. Golf is, at its core, just a series of shots. The shot is all we can do. It is the only place we can live. Interestingly Jesus said something very similar about life itself in Matthew 6:34.
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.
Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Jesus encourages us not to live in tomorrow, but only today. He invites us out of worry, because worry is fear about all the possible things that might go wrong tomorrow.
God lives in the perpetual now. He is the great I AM, not the “great I was” or “great I will be”. “Right now” is the only place where we can meet Him or live out of His Kingdom. It’s a life of endless freedom, joy and peace that does not worry about what tomorrow might bring.
Its helps me to recognize that worry is opposite of faith – worry says something might go wrong tomorrow. Faith says God is with me today.
What would it look like for you to take hold of faith and live fully in today, today?
Father, help all of us to walk in faith with you, and to cast worry aside by shifting our gaze from the horizon of tomorrow to the beauty of today. Amen.