When I was a little girl, growing up in church, we used to sing this song:
One day at a time sweet Jesus
That’s all I’m asking from you.
Just give me the strength
To do every day what I have to do.
Yesterday’s gone sweet Jesus
And tomorrow may never be mine.
Lord help me today, show me the way
One day at a time.
On days like today, when my schedule gets really busy, those lyrics come to my mind and I sing them out. As I do, my mind is filled with Bible verses that go hand in hand with those words.
Psalm 84: 4-7
Where do you find your strength? In your “can do” attitude? In pulling yourself up by your bootstraps and charging through your day? In eating well and making sure you get enough sleep? Although the previous are not bad, they will always be found lacking and incomplete because they are relying on human effort and strength. Human strength does not last. It is limited. However, God’s strength is limitless. That’s why we are blessed when we find our strength in Him, vs. 5. As we rely upon Him alone we get stronger and stronger, vs. 7.
Matthew 6:33-34. Read verse 34 first.
When we take one day at a time, we don’t worry about tomorrow. We ask the Lord to give us our priorities for today and we do not let our mind get preoccupied with what needs to be done tomorrow or the next day or the next day. If you find it too difficult to think only about today, make a list of all that needs to be done for the week. It is amazing how when we write something down, it gets it onto the page and out of our brains. Don’t worry about tomorrow. Your to-do list will still be there, God hasn’t given you strength for tomorrow today. He gives us our strength one day at a time.
Now read verse 33
We take one day at a time, finding strength and not worrying about tomorrow in only one way, by seeking God first. As we do, He will give us everything we need (often the very things we worry about).
I love how the Living Bible says it, “He will give them to you if you give him first place in your life and live as He wants you to.” Is God getting first place in your life? In your busyness are you still making Him your priority relationship? Are you spending time with Him, even if you have to miss some sleep in order to do it? Sleep is important, but pales in comparison to spending time with the daily giver of fresh strength!
When you are in a busy season, look to the Lord for strength, do not worry about tomorrow and remember to keep Jesus in first place. As you do, you will make it through.
Lord help me today. Show me the way. One day at a time!
Your Friend in Ministry,