“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Matthew 6:34 NIV
Even in 2022, despite being one of the most progressive nations on earth, mental health remains one of the top social problems in Canada. Currently, one in every five Canadians is affected each year by mental illness. That means almost seven million Canadians have a diagnosis. But with many not seeking a diagnosis, the figure is projected to be one in four or around nine million sufferers. Preventive measures could save people seeking treatment when the illness has progressed.
I know people who worry about the things they have to worry about. And when they have nothing to worry about, they worry that something must be wrong – surely there is something they should be worrying about? Every one of us hav things about which we are concerned – it might be our finances, or wayward family members, or illness or job insecurity. None of this should be a surprise – Jesus said that in this world we will have trouble. But He also said this in Matthew 6:34: “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” I love how practical this advice is. Far too many people lay awake all night concerned about something that might or might not be trouble in the days ahead. Jesus reminds us to not focus on tomorrow. We are called to pray for our daily bread – God will give us all we need to face today’s challenges and tomorrow He will do the same. Trust Him each and every day for the needs of today. Don’t focus on tomorrow – worry doesn’t help anything. When tomorrow comes, with it will come Jesus’ provision for that need, and His peace.
These have been words from the heart.