Saturday, December 30, 2006

Do What Lies Clearly At Hand

What kind of saying will you embrace for the new year? There are hundreds, if not thousands that we could choose from. I think that I have found the one for me:

"Do what lies clearly at hand."

What a great saying for a new year!



Day-Tight Compartments

Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Matthew 6:34

Recommended Reading
Matthew 6:31-34

The most widely-read book of the twentieth century on the subject of anxiety was Dale Carnegie's How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, in which the famous self-help expert suggested thirty ways to overcome worry. Carnegie's first rule was: "Live in day-tight compartments." While we should plan for the future, we shouldn't worry about what tomorrow may hold.

Carnegie said, "You and I are standing at this very second at the meeting place of two eternities: the vast past that has endured forever, and the future that is plunging on to the last syllable of recorded time. We can't possibly live in either of those eternities . . . but, by trying to do so, we can wreck both our bodies and our minds. So let's be content to live the only time we can possibly live: from now until bedtime."

Jesus taught us to pray, "Give us this day our daily bread," and the Psalmist said, "This is the day that the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it" (Psalm 118:24).

Just take life one day at a time, trusting God's grace from sun up to sun down.

Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.

Thomas Carlyle

Philippians 3 and 4

HT: Turning Point Online


Susan Smith said...

Christine: Thank you for being a vessel God has used often during 2006 to bless my life and bring words of encouragement when my spirit and soul has needed a lift. You touch many lives with your faithfulness at Talk Wisdom.

God bless you as we end another year on earth and begin a new one closer to our Lord and Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth. The year 2007 is going to bring a lot of change!

Much love to my "little" sister on the West Coast from the State of Israel on earth... (ss)

Jaded said...

The Carnegie quote was exactly what I needed to hear today, especially since it's so close to what the Bible teaches. Thanks.

Anna said...

Hi Christine -

This quote hit the target with me. Thanks for the reminder.


~Deb said...

Hi Christine! Happy New Year! Thank you so much for putting me in your prayers in regards to my health. I truly appreciate that!

Wishing you and your loved ones a very special New Year!

With love,