Some days it takes every ounce of strength we have just to make it through, without the luxury to even dream of a better tomorrow. But we must learn to stay present in today while also keeping an eye on where we’re heading.
To be sure, each day has its own problems to deal with and there’s no benefit in worrying about tomorrow. Our life of faith includes trusting God to provide for our daily needs.
But all too often our daily grind is not an act of faith – resting in God’s provision for our life. We’re in survival mode and desperately trying to hold everything together. And when we’re just surviving we have little time to consider our stewardship and if we’re faithfully becoming all God has called us to be.
Wisdom reminds us to consider tomorrow – ensuring we’re still on track towards God’s best for our life and relationships. And this requires us to be intentional about investing in our future.
For instance, we do this financially by saving a little now so we can live the life we want to live later. When we immediately spend every dollar we will likely always be in survival mode.
And this principle holds throughout the rest of our life as well.
For example, we might be in a season in which our work and relationships feel more of a burden than a blessing. While we can focus on just making it through each day, keeping an eye on tomorrow reminds us to make investments in who we’re becoming. However small, we can start making small deposits toward the work and relationships we desire.
Despair eventually settles in when life is just about surviving without an eye for a better tomorrow.
In the end, faithfully address the concerns and problems of today while also keeping an eye on tomorrow. This allows you to be a wise steward of who you’re becoming and not get lost simply surviving.