In a radio interview, a basketball superstar was asked about his knack for making the game-winning shot in crucial situations. The reporter asked how he was able to be so calm in such pressure-packed moments. His answer was that he tried to simplify the situation. “You only have to make one shot,” the player replied. One shot. That is the essence of simplifying a difficult situation. Focus only on what is in front of you right now. Don’t worry about the expectations of your coach or teammates. Simplify.
Recognizing that the challenges of life can be both overwhelming and suffocating, Jesus urged us to take matters in hand by simplifying. He said, “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matt. 6:34). This was His wise conclusion to His teaching on the debilitating power of worry. Worry doesn’t accomplish anything positive; it just adds to the sense that we are drowning in the troubles we are facing. We must take things as they come—one day at a time—and trust Him for the wisdom to respond properly.
If you feel overwhelmed by life, do what you can today and then entrust the rest to Him. As Jesus said, “Each day has enough trouble of its own” (NIV).
Don’t worry for your future needs,
It will only bring you sorrow;
But give them to the Lord instead—
He’ll take care of your tomorrow. —Sper
We lose the joy of living in the present
when we worry about the future.
Our Daily Bread
To me worry shows lack of faith. When we worry, we are in essence saying that we don’t trust God to provide for our needs. We need to be like the birds who go about their business, not worrying about anything because they know that their Creator will take care of them. We should learn from our children–who are happily going through life, not worrying about what they will eat, wear or anything because they know that we will provide these needs. Let us show God the same trust and faith that our children show us.
Take Jesus’ advice and stop worrying. It accomplishes nothing except more stress. Take one day at a time. Remember God is greater than your problems and troubles. “God is our shelter and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.” Learn to let go and let God. Simplify rather than complicate.