By Rev. Doug Rokke    American Lutheran Church, La Porte City

New Thoughts for a New Year: New Every Day

“So don’t worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” ~ Matthew 6:34

Programs like Alcoholics Anonymous stress that in recovery it is important to take one day at a time. Other teachings also encourage us not to get too worried or wrapped up in what is going to happen in the future. That doesn’t mean we ignore the future, rather it is taking time to see what we need to do today. This is also what Jesus taught when he was speaking about worry. In his Sermon on the Mount he told people not to worry about tomorrow, because each day has enough trouble of its own.
In the Lutheran Church we teach something similar in terms of baptism. Our catechism teaches that baptism is not merely a one-time act, but has meaning for daily life. In Martin Luther’s Small Catechism he put it this way: “every day our sinful self with all its evil deeds and desires, should be drowned through daily repentance; and that day after day a new self should arise to live with God in righteousness and purity forever”*
As we go forward into this new year of 2016, maybe it would be a good time to try “living in the day.” Maybe our year and the things we experience will be more enjoyable if each day we turn to our faith and let today’s worries be enough for us. May you ask for God’s power to make each day new!

* The Small Catechism by Martin Luther in contemporary English, © Augsburg Fortress 1979