With January comes winter. So many people spend a lot of time complaining about winter and being cold but isn’t it amazing how God created the various seasons for us to enjoy. Of course, in our human nature, we so often complain about what we have been given.
Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes. ~Matthew 6:34 (MSG)
You may not be familiar with this verse in this translation. In the NIV, this verse says, “not to worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” But, I really like what it says in the Message version—“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now!”
How often do we think and worry about what might happen tomorrow, so much so that we are not fully present in what is going on today?
I get it, as a nonprofit or ministry leader, there are so many things to focus on and worry about….the budget, will there ever be enough money? Staffing. Programs. The Board of Directors. And on and on it goes.
We get so focused on what might happen tomorrow that we fail to recognize what God is doing around us right now, TODAY! We end up missing out on God’s blessings today, oh yes, they happen, but we are so busy focusing on what might happen that we miss what God does.
What God does today is so important! It gives us the faith that if he did it once, he can “do it again.” So, if you are one of those people who are focused on what could happen tomorrow, here are some steps to focus on today.
- Learn what you need to know so you are prepared for the role God has placed you in.
- Surround yourself with people who can pray with you and people who can provide Godly wisdom and insights.
- Take the next step…whatever that is and don’t worry about the step after that until it is time to do so.
Please know that I am not saying that hard things will not come. I know that there are many hard things that ministry and nonprofit leaders must face. But, what I do know is that so often we get wrapped up in our worry about tomorrow and what we worry about usually never happens, that we miss out on experiencing God today.
I want to give you a challenge today. A month or so ago when things were not going quite as I had planned, I began praying each morning that God would give me some vision each day of his work in my life—of places where he showed up—where his hand had been guiding my life. Amazingly, I began to see so many places each and every day—even in the midst of my struggles. Then, I began to journal
these “God Spottings” so that I would not forget them as I lived life.
Try it, I would love to hear how God shows up in your daily life.
Sweet Blessings My Friends.