If Only For Today

By Tova Sido
December 6, 2011 • comment(s)
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This past weekend I went to a Christmas party where I ran into a friend I haven't seen in a while.  As we chatted and caught up I asked her how her children were doing.  She answered, "Ya know....today was a good day."  I absolutely loved that answer.

Today was a good day.

I wish when I woke up I could think - just do good TODAY.  Be kind today.  Be a great mom - just for today.  I wish I could look at my life in "today" language. 

I think that's a super difficult thing to do.  I put an inordinate amount of pressure on myself to not just be mediocre - but instead to be darn near perfect.  Now - I fail a lot of the time, but it certainly doesn't mean I am not trying.  And so when I break that down and think - okay - hopefully I am going to live for many more years.......how am I going to achieve so much for so long?  How can I possibly work out, do yoga, jog for the REST of my life?  How can I go on being patient with my kids forever?  How can I possibly achieve so much as a youth minister for much longer? 

It can be incredibly overwhelming.

And let's be honest.  The kids in my youth group are A LOT younger than me.  They have a lot more years ahead of them than I do.  I can't imagine the pressure to look perfect, make perfect grades, be the perfect son, daughter, sister, brother, friend.  To move WAY beyond mediocrity in sports, playing instruments, etc, etc, etc.  I mean I see the pace they have to keep to "keep up" (which is just gives me a stomach ache to write about - I can't imagine the pressure of actually living it!) - it's mind boggling.  And I have to imagine that over time - that pressure day in and day out takes a toll.

Everybody's worried about the grades they're getting, the colleges they will apply to, who will accept them, where will they go, will they make the team, do they have enough friends, money, clothes, technology?

So.....HOW exactly do we do it? The answer.........You just do it - Today. Just today.  And then tomorrow, do it....tomorrow.  Without worrying about it....Today.

Jesus hit this spot on when he told us - "Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."

Over the holidays (or just life) it is so incredibly easy to get overwhelmed.  These kids have finals, shopping, cooking, guests......finals, shopping, cooking and guests again.  It can be super stressful.  I think if we take the time to focus on just TODAY - I think it might help.  It allows us to let yesterday go - and not worry about what tomorrow will bring.  According to Jesus, today has enough trouble of its own. 

Take a deep breath.  The only thing you have to do today.....is today.

After ten years in corporate America, Tova Sido is proud to be the Director of Youth Ministry at Highland Park United Methodist Church. An avid runner and yogi, she loves to spend time outdoors and tries hard to never miss an opportunity to say, "I love you". Tova lives with her husband and three kids in Dallas.

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Dana's picture

Great article and so true!