At some point in time, you have heard the phrase “one day at a time.” You have seen it in numerous places and there is an old song with the title “one day at a time.”
Because so many of us have experienced some type of emotional pain, when expressed, these words bring a new freedom of hope.
The enemy comes to kill, steal and destroy our peace, joy, and happiness and concentrates on reminding us of our past pain and anything we may fear in the future. So, it is a good ideal to focus on the day God has given us to live in rather than worry about the next day or any days ahead. Jesus says in Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
All of us have suffered at some point and time in our life and the memories and emotions of our past can dictate what goes on in our lives today. Anything can trigger a thought such as hearing someone say something, hearing a story, seeing something in person or on tv or maybe how someone’s behavior will spark a thought of the past and perhaps have you worried about how the future may be.
When we make a decision to live our lives one day at a time, it won’t close the door to our past but helps to become aware of how things were so we can have a better outlook on our future. Nobody knows it better than those who have gone through a 12-step program how taking life one day at a time can be beneficial for their life. Or someone who is or has gone through chemo. If they can take it one day at a time so can we.
Everything that we have gone through has purpose and while it may seem that we go through difficult times alone, we can be assured that God is with us. He will always guide us forward. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jerimiah 29:11
By taking one day at a time, we are taking the time to prepare for a better future. And, when we begin to rely on God’s guidance and peace rather than rely on our own ways and understanding, our past pain and fear of what our future will be like will vanish. Our peace, joy, and happiness will be restored.
Practicing living one day at a time is not difficult. The process really works because God gives us the strength, wisdom, and knowledge to handle daily activities or any difficulties that may arise. When old memories of the past and fears of your future show up, give yourself permission to live a new life one that is full of hope.
When you retire for the evening, thank God for walking with you throughout your day, and when you wake up in the morning, thank God for a brand-new day and ask Him to walk with you throughout the new day giving you wisdom, knowledge, and strength to get through another day. Choose to take it one day at a time.