One Day At A Time

December 29, 2015
by Richard Frith

Last year was a very difficult year for our family. My mother and my mother-in-law both died within a period of three months. Then my wife was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery. She was in hospital for five weeks. There were so many things to worry about and so many things to do that it was hard to decide what to do next. I wondered: What will next year bring?

During this time, I happened to read this passage:

Matthew 6:34 – Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (NIV)

Following its advice, I started every day by asking the question "What do I have to do today?" I found that if I concentrated on facing life one day at a time, problems became manageable.

I remember reading an interview with a person who was a recovering alcoholic. He said, "When I think about the past, I become resentful. When I think about the future, I get scared. Any day when I think about today is a good day." We can't change the past, and the future is very hard to predict. But if we concentrate on doing the best we can, day by day, there is much that we can accomplish with God's help. It is a wonderful way to decrease our anxiety.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You for the gift of today. Help us to live this day the best that we can, releasing the past to You and trusting You for the future. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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Richard Frith <richard111@hotmail.com>
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for the encouraging word Richard.


    Thanks, I needed to hear that today. Blessings


    Thanks for the reminder to take life day by day. Blessings.


    Thanks, Richard, for inspiring us to live just one day at a time.


    Amen to your thoughtful words — one day at a time with our Lord.


    Thanks!
    Great advice.


    Many thanks for sharing your experiences and reminding us of scripture my Mother often suggested we follow! May 2016 bring many blessings your way!


    Every hour without full dependence on the Lord can be chaos. I have often found myself saying that tho’ I don’t know what the future holds — I know who holds the future but I know who holds the future (mine) — and I have grown to believe His plan is best.


    Dear Richard:
    God bless you Richard. Keep up the great work you are doing. One day at a time is all we have so let’s not get muddled down with our pasts and we don’t know what the future holds but God does and He is taking care of it.


    Thanks Richard for the reminder that God only gives us one day at a time. I always start my day with the verse: “this is the day that the Lord has made, and I WILL rejoice and be glad in it”. It is exciting to then move into the day listening and waiting for His directive.
    Blessings to you and your for the days ahead in 2016.


    Thank you Richard. Focusing only on today, everyday is perhaps one of the hardest things we try/strive to do. It’s just human nature to have things we need to do “tomorrow” running around in our heads…not to mention things we did or didn’t do “yesterday”. That piece of scripture is a good one and also, if anyone likes music, the song “One Day At A Time” sung by many artists from Carol Baker to Elvis and more, is often helpful to have running around in one’s head too.
    All the very Best to you and your loved ones for 2016.


    My dear brother in Christ,
    Thank you so much for this powerful devotion, it is indeed refreshing as, I too have had a similar year.
    May the New Year bring us all good health, love and renewed faith in our Jesus.
    May the good Lord continue to bless you as you send these devotions to us.
    All the best for 2016, as we enjoy each day a “gift, one day at a time”
    In God we trust.


    Hi Richard,
    Your devotional just underscored God’s words to me this day.
    I have an important appointment tomorrow and we had a big snowfall with ice today and my mind said, “Oh no!” But immediately I heard His calming words, “Take no thought for tomorrow, just live today.” and I thanked Him for that timely reminder, and put the slight tinge of worry right out of my mind.
    Bless your writing.


    Dear Richard,
    Thank you for your article. It must have been a rough time for you last year. I trust your wife is doing better.
    The year my father died really changed the family dynamic and my Mom needed more care. Eventually she moved to a senior’s home after having two major surgeries in one year.
    It is most definitely one day at a time with the Lord help. He gives strength for each day.


    Thank you, Richard for Matthew 6:34 – Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (NIV)
    We can’t change the past, and the future is very hard to predict. But if we concentrate on doing the best we can, day by day, there is much that we can accomplish with God’s help. It is a wonderful way to decrease our anxiety.
    Yes, Richard, and we can keep reading out Bible daily to center into the power of the Holy Spirit who is not only side by side with us but right IN us. See Luke 11:13.
    Keep writing.


    Thanks for sharing your meaningful insights!


    Thanks for your words Richard. How wonderful they are.


    A very fine devotional Richard. Much food for thought. Thanks for sharing.

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