It seems God continues to remind me of two parts of scripture that make unique companions.
Proverbs 6:6 Go to the ant, O sluggard;
consider her ways, and be wise.
7 Without having any chief,
officer, or ruler,
8 she prepares her bread in summer
and gathers her food in harvest.
The other verse:
Matt 6:34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
So on the one hand Proverbs tells me the importance keeping the future in mind as I work today. This could be the near future: like purging my house of “stuff” to make it easier to pack and move in the fall. It could be the distant future: like sowing truth into the hearts of my children so that eventually they will reap the blessing of godliness. Or it could be the eternal future: serve diligently today here on earth because there will be an eternal reward.
And yet I love the verse in Matthew because it can protect my application of the verses in proverbs from the corruption of worry and anxiety. If in my preparations for the future I am getting worried and anxious about selling this house and buying the next (which I confess has been a struggle), I am forgetting Matthew 6:34. If I correct my children fearing what the future holds for them if they don’t “get this right” I am forgetting Matthew 6:34. If I forget that the seemingly insignificant deeds of my day: cleaning, shopping, cooking, etc. have the potential for eternal significance, I will do it begrudgingly rather than as an expression of humble service.
I don’t want to arrogantly assume that my future will be just fine regardless of what I do today.
I don’t want to arrogantly assume that there will be a tomorrow.
I don’t want to waste today fretting about tomorrow.
I don’t want forget tomorrow and carelessly waste today.