“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” — Matthew 6:34
In J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring, the first instalment in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Frodo becomes overwhelmed by the burden he carries. He sees clearly how much is at stake and how difficult his journey will be. “I wish the ring had never come to me,” he laments. Gandalf, his wise and trusted friend, responds, “So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”
Sometimes we feel like Frodo. The weight of our worry can paralyse us and cause us to lament everything about our situation. In times like that, we could all use a friend to remind us that our worry about the future shouldn’t paralyse us today. Though the things you worry about may be important, your worries shouldn’t hinder you from making the most of right now.
Today is all we have. What we do with it is our choice. We can sit paralysed in a lament, or we can do what Frodo did and take as many steps forward as today allows. Let tomorrow worry about itself. Today try to trust the wisest friend any of us will ever have: Jesus.
Have you ever had a day when you didn’t worry about anything at all?
Have you ever been paralysed with worry? What did you do?
Write out today’s verse on a small piece of paper and tape it up in a place where you’ll see it every morning. Look up the lyrics to the old hymn “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” and try to take its words to heart.