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It has been one of the hardest life lessons for me to learn: to live one day at a time. Is it hard for you, too?

Take yesterday. It’s so easy to go back and relive what you wish hadn’t happened. You wish you hadn’t forgotten to pay that bill, because now there’s a late fee. You wish you hadn’t put off studying for that exam, because now you have a “D.” You wish you hadn’t broken the speed limit, because now you have a ticket.

Then there’s tomorrow. Will you get laid off from work? Will your medical test results be alarming? Will your children turn out okay in this messed-up world? Will your marriage stay strong during this tough time?

So here’s what I’m finally learning: worrying about what has already happened, or worrying about what might happen, won’t change a thing! Jesus taught this when He asked a gathering of people, “ ‘Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?’ ” (Matthew 6:27).

No, they can’t. In fact, all they can add are headaches, irritability, discouragement, insomnia, and weariness. Besides, when we’re concerned about the past and the future, we miss out on living today to the fullest.

Prize

Here’s what the Bible says about yesterday: “But I forget what is behind, and I struggle for what is ahead. I run toward the goal, so that I can win the prize of being called to heaven. This is the prize that God offers because of what Christ Jesus has done” (Philippians 3:13b, 14).

And here’s what the Bible says about tomorrow: “ ‘Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own’ ” (Matthew 6:34).

Every day that we wake up we have a choice. We can regret yesterday and fear tomorrow, or we can really live today. I choose to live today! I choose this because the Bible promises, “his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22b, 23).

Every morning is a new start. You don’t have to worry about what has been or what might be. You have today—a day to be lived with a compassionate, faithful God who will see you through.

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