You Have Enough For Today
It's been one of those mornings when all of the plans I had, and the visions of what I would be able to accomplish until my next obligation got derailed and then plummeted from their lofty tracks into the churning abyss below.
Yeah, I realize that was pretty dramatic.
Still, it was a bummer. I felt all of my incredible optimism for how my day was going to go slip away from me, and along with it the excellent mood I'd been in beforehand.
I'm sure there are some of you out there who are feeling me on this. You have days when Plan A goes by the wayside pretty quick, and then you're on to Plan B, Plan C, and continue working your way through the alphabet until you fall into bed exhausted.
For some of us, that process culminates at the end of the day, but for others of us it's pretty much over by noon.
I was reading one of Melody Beattie's excellent daily readers today and came across this amazingness:
We will not get all we need for the entire journey today. We shall receive today's supplies today, and tomorrow's supplies tomorrow. We were never intended to carry supplies for the entire journey. The burden would be too heavy, and the way was intended to be light.
I thought that was a pretty awesome bit of inspiration, so I decided to share it. Also, it spoke to me about the travails of my morning, and all of the other times when I thought I'd exhausted every bit of strength I had, and still struggled.
The line that spoke to me first in this was: "We shall receive today's supplies today, and tomorrow's supplies tomorrow."
I hadn't thought of it all that much before, but it's incredibly true that we only have today. We only have the strength for today, the fortitude, the resources, the patience, grace, peace, hope, and love for today.
In fact, Jesus talked about this on numerous occasions, telling his followers to seek after the things that brought shalom into the world, and stop worrying about whether they had enough of what it would take to conquer the day.
He knew that if his followers would simply start their day desiring God, and longing to fulfill their God-granted purpose, to live into their best and truest selves and keep from borrowing trouble from tomorrow...
They would find peace like they'd never known. Because they would know they had enough---that they were enough.
May this be true for you today and every day from this day as you determine to take only one day at a time. May it be so.
And may the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you now and always. Amen.