Tomorrow’s Problems

You worry about them and so do I.

What really worries anybody over the age of thirty five is the thought “Will I have enough for tomorrow when I barely have enough for today?”

From your lack of talent, parental skill, resources, time, energy and positive thinking comes a niggling spidey sense in the back of your skull that failure could be coming tomorrow, and if we’re honest and smart it scares us.

If you’re in your twenties you probably think I’m old and don’t know how tough you are. Awwww, you remind me of me when I knew everything and was invincible. The trouble is… you’re not weighing your ability against the real enemy yet, you’re just comparing yourself to other people your age.

There’s enough pressure to break the strongest person in about five minutes. If you don’t think so, maybe tuck this away for a few years and trot it out when everything falls apart. “But I AM IN CONTROL of my life!!!”  Oh… that’s so sweet:)

If you barely have enough for today, tomorrow should worry you. We tend to look down at the package of today’s supply and need in our hands (they seem to come in pairs) and attempt to deal with tomorrow from today. 

Here’s what I’ve found to be true and I hope it helps you. If you’re 22… don’t worry about it. Just make sure you’re close to someone you can trust who’s older than you when you hear the train whistle…

1. No one is thinking about you half as much as you think they are.

No one is thinking about you Final

     Your problems are your problems. Deal with it. Better to lose face and know what you really look like in the mirror…

2. If you won’t call failure failure, you won’t learn anything.

If you won't call failure, failure Final

     We are too fragile and proud. Laugh when you fail and it’s likely you’ll be open to the right input and land on your feet. Oh AND actually learn something please! Experience that is not evaluated doesn’t add up to much, you’ll be repeating your mistakes. No prize for that.

3. A passive approach to a perfect plan usually fails.

A passive approach Final
     BUY IN to SOMETHING. Keeping your options open and failing to prioritize your life is lazy and will result in a life with blunt decision making and no thread of purpose through it. I have wholeheartedly applied myself to flawed plans (you’ll never have all the info you really need), changed them along the way, and still won in the end. 
     A decision is better than no decision. People who let circumstance decide are really choosing the lowest common denominator. Don’t be like them.

Now these are pretty solid steps for you and I’ve run out of time to make much out of this, but I guess I want to say that if you want a better life you need faith. You need to believe in something. 

I believe that God is interested in my family and I. Now, I’m a strong sort of guy but I’ve been to places inside of myself that left me shaken and terrified. Twenty years ago I would have told you that nothing could break me, now I would laugh and call past Corey “Cute” (Stupid). You don’t have any more real control in this life than I do. There’s enough pain to break you and make you afraid. I live in a reality that knows the certainty of the uncertainty of tomorrow, but I have walked through the fear and am confident I will have what it takes.

How? 

I look at today’s supply and need and never expect it to be enough for tomorrow. Then I look up. My supply comes from the person of Christ. It will be enough.

The only trouble is I have to give what’s in my hands today to someone else before I can receive tomorrow’s supply. 

Life is Not About You.

 

Corey Kope

Pastor. Father of 4 beauties. Devoted husband, Liverpool fan, and Jesus follower.

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