Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Today is the Tomorrow…. So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father know that you need time. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:31-34 “Today is the Tomorrow that you worried about Yesterday.” I saw this quote outside my gym this past week and haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. It is so simple and real that it hits deep. The unique thing about our human mind is the ability to think of multiple scenarios of desired and dreaded outcomes to situations and circumstances. Our natural survival instinct is to focus on the dreaded outcomes in order to do what ever we can to prevent them from happening. As such our natural human tendency is to be a negative thinker. We have been nurtured to be on the alert, watching out for danger and building walls to protect us from our foes and enemies. No wonder it is difficult to be a positive thinking, possibility thinker and faith partner with God. It goes against all natural human behavior. This is why it is so important to focus on our spiritual nature. Teilhard De Chardin went so far as to say that “we are not human beings with spiritual experiences we are spiritual beings on a human journey.” Like most things in life, I believe in balance. We need to be aware of negative circumstances and take natural, cognitive preventative steps. But at the same time we must not dwell in that state but focus on the positive and put what feels like the majority of our energy and power in this spiritual direction in order to compensate for our natural negative tendencies. Dr. Norman Vincent Peale said it this way, “A positive thinker does not refuse to recognize the negative, he refuses to dwell on it. Positive thinking is a form of thought which habitually looks for the best results from the worst conditions.”
Let’s live in the NOW. Let’s follow the advice of Jesus, Teilhard De chardin and Dr. Peale. When you make that commitment, your life will become much more full, rewarding and enriched.

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