Lessons of 2019 – January.
As we draw near the end of 2019 I want to share some of the lessons I’ve learnt this year. We should all be learning all the time, but what I’ve tried to do consciously this year is be more proactive in remembering and re-visiting what I’ve learned. Important lessons will never impact your life if you forget them.
A few months ago I wrote a blog-post called ‘Lesson of the Day’. In it I shared how the simple practice of writing down one lesson you’ve learned that day can radically change your life for the better. It can make you a better you. This simple habit takes five minutes, if that, but it goes a long way to capturing and using what you’ve learned. It helps you to be intentional about holding on to important truths and insights. If we’re not intentional like this, the important things will slide right by us. Ours is a world too busy and too noisy to be haphazard about self-improvement.
Having established that daily habit of writing down a lesson of the day, I went one step further and reviewed all the lessons of each month. Thinking about them all I again, I picked out and highlighted the one that struck me most. I made it my Lesson of the Month. These are things that have really hit home with me this year and which have dramatically altered my perspective on life and effective living.
So I’m starting a little blog-series called Lessons of 2019. What I’ll be doing over the next 12 days is sharing and unpacking each of these monthly stand-out lessons. I hope you enjoy them, and that they help you as much as they’ve helped me. Be sure to check this blog every day up until the 23rd December to see all the lessons.
Let’s kick off with January’s lesson…
January’s Lesson: Don’t worry about tomorrow, God is already there.
This is a real gem from a podcast I listen to, classic Rick Warren. He regularly speaks about trusting God and combating worry, but this line really hit a chord with me. I know we’re not supposed to worry, I know that we should trust God instead, but somehow this simple word picture drove the lesson deeper.
Don’t worry about tomorrow, God is already there. Let’s not make this some metaphysical mind-bender about how God is outside the space-time continuum, let’s just picture God a little further along our path than we are. He has our tomorrows safely in His hands. Every detail, every aspect, is all under control. It’s all been carefully thought through and taken care of in advance.
The reason we worry about tomorrow is because we don’t know how it’s going to work out. But God does. He won’t be surprised by it; He wrote the script. He’s already lined up the blessings and counter-acted the blows. I love thinking about how we can trust God with tomorrow because He’s already there, alert and involved and completely trustworthy. He is both powerful enough to do whatever He wants with it and caring enough to shape it for our good.
Does this help you? Maybe you struggle with worry. Maybe it’s difficult to live out that teaching about not worrying and all those verses about trusting God. This isn’t a silver bullet, but I hope it helps you somehow. Try praying over your tomorrow and handing it over to God, both mentally and spiritually. Do you take the time to stop and pray about tomorrow? If you’re worrying about it, you definitely should be praying about it too.
God is one step ahead of you, and He won’t let you fall. Rely on His power. Trust His love. Your tomorrow is safe with Him, far safer than in your own hands. So hand it over.
Don’t worry about tomorrow. God is already there.
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