Go with God one day at a time

“One day at a time” is a pivotal teaching from NA and AA. For people in recovery, thinking about the future can make staying sober more difficult. To imagine not having the escape of getting high or numb can be overwhelming. Not knowing what will happen in your life makes it seem impossible to know how you’ll get through it.

In Matthew Chapter 6, verse 27, Jesus says, ” Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? (or a single cubit to his height?)” Now that’s some major perspective! Jesus goes on to say in verse 34, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” [NIV Bible]

So Jesus is acknowledging that this life is tough. And He is also advising us to handle each day on its own so that we don’t get overwhelmed.

So what can we do when we are in the midst of a very hard day? In Matthew Chapter 11, verses 28-30, Jesus says, “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” [NIV Bible]

A lot happened during my childhood that left me uncertain and insecure. My childhood was worse than some and better than others. I understand that suffering is relative. There is always someone who has felt more pain and endured more than I had to. And I am grateful that God gave me His mercy and comfort long before I truly acknowledged Him.

I know what it’s like to barely get through the days. I hope it doesn’t sound too self-pitying to say that I refer to my bad days as “surviving my life.” But this much I am sure of–God understands me, He knows what I go through, and He cares.

Since I was saved 12 years ago, I have had the comfort of knowing that I will live past this life. I know that my grief, my depression, my fears, my lost potential, my failures, my pain, all of it will be replaced with an eternal life that won’t include any of the above!

I love this Scripture from John Chapter 16, verse 33: Jesus says, “I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble, but take heart! I have overcome the world.” [NIV Bible]

Be honest with God. Tell Him you don’t know how to stop worrying about the future. Tell Him you need His help to get through the day. Tell Him you need relief. Go each day, one at a time, not alone, but with God.





God knows about your good intentions

God knows our motives and our intentions. He knows what our attitudes are. He sees through facades, and He knows the deepest parts of who we are. He knows all about the bad and the ugly, but He also has a front row seat to the good inside of each of us, too.

In Proverbs Chapter 5, verse 21, it says:  For a man’s ways are in full view of the Lord, and He examines all his paths. [NIV Bible]

In 1st Samuel Chapter 16, verse 7, God is directing the prophet Samuel to anoint His choice for the next king of Israel. Samuel goes to a family headed by a father named Jesse. Jesse and his sons meet with Samuel to see if they have been chosen by God to be king. Samuel sees Eliab, son of Jesse, who is tall and handsome, and he assumes that this will be the Lord’s chosen king. God responds to Samuel’s assumptions in verse 7:  But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. [NIV Bible]

God knows all of our intentions, our attitudes, and what’s in our hearts. He knows when we do our best. He knows when we have a good attitude. He knows when we help other people. He knows when we forgive someone who hurt us. He knows when we cheer people up and encourage them. Yes, God sees our sin, but He also sees our sincere kindness, generosity and compassion.

God loves you right here, right now

God knows us and understands us better than anyone else does, including ourselves. He’s seen it all from start to finish, and He knows who we truly are. Being transparent to God can be an uncomfortable notion when we think about the wrong we’ve thought about or done.

But there’s a great freedom there, too. Knowing that God knows about the worst in us and still offers His forgiveness and love is liberating!

We don’t have to put on a face with God. Being fake or phony isn’t even an option, and that’s a good thing! When we realize that everything about us is laid bare before God, it’s a relief! We don’t have to pretend to be something we’re not. We don’t have to lie, smooth over or defend. As long as you believe in Him and the One He Sent, Jesus, you are acceptable to God. Even when you do, say or think wrong things, God will continue to forgive you and love you.

He knows you’re a work in progress, so cut yourself some slack! God cuts us a lot of slack because He understands our challenges, weaknesses and pain. Don’t make the mistake of avoiding God until you can show Him a stellar report card. If you have to feel good enough to approach God and get to know Him, you may become discouraged and never feel worthy of His love for you. God loves you unconditionally, so there’s no need to try to eliminate your faults before you come to Him. Come to God now, just the way you are. Right this minute, you are good enough to be loved by God!