God has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sin. Colossians 3:13 (NRSV)

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In this world there are frequent worriers and there are people who seldom worry about things. It’s not very comfortable and certainly not uplifting to be around the worriers very often. Maybe that’s why this quote I came across recently really hit home with me. Here is it. “You can’t change the past, but you can ruin the present by worrying over the future.” How true!


Some of us agonize over past sins, missteps, mistakes, lost opportunities. Some of us face the future with crippling worry, seriously afraid that past mistakes will control our future. These are the worriers. Others of us realize that agonizing over things that are past can simply dampen down or even ruin the present. We do need to face the future realistically, but not allow past mistakes to control or even alter the future. Worrying like this only complicates how we see and how we enter the future. And this, of course, gives us a pretty heavy load to carry, a load we don’t have to carry.


For us Christians, we all need to leave to God to guide us in the present and the future. That’s not so easy when there is so very much to fear and worry about in today’s world. So, how we look toward the future is a test of our personal faith and trust in God. Does God really influence individuals in the present and the future? I certainly believe God does. Can God help us change our stance of worry to confident trust? Yes, I believe God can. Will we allow God to give us the help we need for now and for the future? Each of us individually must answer that question for ourselves, of course. I genuinely pray that all of us can and will let God lead us in the present and the future – without letting past sins, missteps, mistakes, and lost opportunities negatively color our outlook. And our lives will certainly be happier, more productive, and closer to God if we do.


Pastor Herb Schafale


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