this one small day

        Most of us spend a lot of time worrying about tomorrow -- what if my illness gets worse or what if I lose my job or how will I handle retirement or what if that relationship keeps deteriorating.  They're the kind of thoughts that exhaust you because they sap your hope and feed your fears.  So today, whenever I'm tempted to entertain fearful and fruitless future thoughts, I'm going to say instead, "Lord, help me to live well this one small day."

"What God may hereafter require of you, you must not give yourself the least trouble about.  Everything He gives you to do, you must do as well as ever you can, and that is the best possible preparation for what He may want you to do next.  If people would but do what they have to do, they would always find themselves ready for what came next."  George MacDonald (b. 1824)