Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own - Matthew 6:34 NIV
The year was 1995. I was on the phone with my dad and he was sharing the news about him being named the pastor at Maple Ridge Baptist Church. I was excited because I knew how hard he had worked and how much he wanted to pastor his own church. While on the phone with him, I had another call come on the other line. I was not prepared for the ensuing conversation when I answered. The wife of one of my best friends was calling to let me know that he had passed away earlier in the day. She had actually come home to find him collapsed in the kitchen. I sat there stunned at the news. I had just talked to him that morning and we planned to talk later on that evening.
He was more that just a friend. We had so much in common. We both had daughters that were the same age. As a matter of fact, we were both the same age and in the same fraternity. We also shared the identical careers in banking. Last but not least, we were business partners that had a company together. I'll never forget the name of the company: JazKo, which represented the names of our daughters, Jazmine and Kourtney. We had big plans for our company. We were going to grow it large enough so that we would never have to punch a time card for a company ever again. We had big plans for tomorrow. Tomorrow never came for us.
My brothers, how many time have we read the scripture above (it's known by many of you I'm sure) and merely glossed over the message that it was trying to convey? I've been guilty of worrying about tomorrow and making grandiose plans about what I will accomplish the next day. After that day in 1995, I've paid a lot closer attention to the scripture in Matthew and what Christ was trying to communicate to me. Please keep in mind that I'm not advocating for you to totally abandon having plans. That's not my intent. I just want you to realize 2 things: tomorrow is not promised and please take the time to enjoy the present. Let's not be like the rich man in the 12th chapter of Luke that made plans to tear down his barns in order to build bigger ones to store his crops so that he could take life easy by eating, drinking and being merry. I learned first hand from the experience of losing a close friend at an early age that our tomorrows are not promised to us and we need to live each day fully and hopefully live a life that reflects the Christ that should be in all of us. Remember, 'God Wastes Nothing.'
Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.