Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.
This one is for all you Type-A, goal-setters out there… 😉
Here's what James has to say about this:
“Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn't do it, it is sin for them.” (James 4:13 – 17)
Wow! What a STRONG word!
To be quite frank, I struggle with this at times. I get so excited about the projects that I'm working on or about my newest vision for the future that I completely neglect to live “in the moment. I am fully aware that these passages are multi-dimensional, however, this is the key take-home message for me right now is And, if people were willing to truly look at their lives with a microscope, I think that most people would agree.
Our entire culture has taken us away from present-time consciousness. Smart phones, tablets and the new gadgets are just the tip of the iceberg here. We struggle focusing on “now” more so than any culture before us. With all of the technological distractions at the forefront of our existence, our struggle is quite unique to what the ancients experienced. Yet, we're still people with the same tendencies.
If the Lord made it a point to repeat Himself on this matter of not boasting about tomorrow – essentially telling us to focus on today and be grateful for what we have – then let's take it to heart.