Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

The Africans understood time a little differently than we did. If you asked someone to come at seven in the morning, she would arrive at two or three minutes before eight.

She would smile and say, “I’m right on time. It’s still the seven o-clock hour. The eight o-clock hour hasn’t come yet.”

Church was scheduled to start at nine, but the service started a couple of minutes before ten. By their understanding it was still the nine o-clock hour.

The word tomorrow also wasn’t as precise as we Americans think of it. In some local dialects it meant any day at all that came after today. It might be the day after tomorrow or a few days later.

The more I thought of it, the more peace I had not to worry about tomorrow.

If the real tomorrow means any day after today or sometime in the future, there’s no need to worry about tomorrow. The period of time from our tomorrow to the time we die is a long stretch of time.


Don’t worry about tomorrow. So don’t worry about the future, either.






About celestecharlene

I served as a medical missionary in West Africa for thirty years treating the sick and establishing health clinics in rural neglected areas.
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