Growing up as a little boy under the guardianship of my parents, all I ever had to worry about concerning the future was submitting my assignment.
My teachers weren’t smiling and would either take the “spare the rod and spoil the child” Bible verse too far or make you ‘ride okada’ or’ pick pin’ for hours as punishment. It was actually easier to fail an exam than not submitting an assignment. Asides submitting my assignments and doing well in school, I had no reason to worry about tomorrow.
I didn’t have to worry about what I was going to eat because I knew my parents had that sorted out, one way or the other. I was pretty sure they won’t let me starve to death.
I didn’t have to worry about my school fees because my dad was popular in the neighborhood so having his child sent home from school for unpaid fees would damage his pride. He had to find my school fees or else.
I didn’t have to worry about clothes because there was an assurance that Christmas shopping was always around the corner. New clothes that would surely last us for a year till the next Christmas. Why worry?
In all this “enjoyment”, no one told me that being a grown up was gonna be this hard. I wanted to grow up so fast and be independent but apparently growing up isn’t as cool as the movies made it look.
The young boy that had only assignments to worry about now had a truckload of things to contend with as a grown-up.
Not only do I have to worry about what I am going to eat, I also have to worry about where I am going to sleep and what I am going to wear. Then I have to also worry about the job/business that would get me the above and more. Then I have to add the worry of finding the right person to marry, pay for the wedding and start a home. Then I have to worry about the coming kids (do you realize how expensive baby diapers and baby food are these days?… jeez). I also then have to add the worry of the kid’s welfare, their safety, school fees and everything about them. To add to my list of worries and fears are those about my health. I literally have to worry about the future.
You wake up everyday and voices in your head keep reminding you of the future and how unprepared you are for it.
One voice reminds you of your depleting bank account while the other picks on your age and how old you are getting for marriage. Another voice capitalizes on the many failures you have had in business or your search for a job while yet another voice concentrates on your past mistakes in life and how your past bad choices has led you to the crossroads you presently are in now.
It’s about time you tell those voices in your head to “keep kwayeettt”.
Tell the voice in your head telling you that you are getting too old for marriage to keep kwayeettt that in God’s perfect time you will be gloriously married.
Tell the voice in your head telling you that you are too short to be admired to keep kwayeettt that even Jesus said, “Lo, I will be with you always”.
Tell the voice in your head reminding you of your desperately low bank account to keep kwayeettt that even Jesus was once ‘broke’ and had to ask Peter to get a coin from the mouth of a fish in order to pay His dues.
Tell the strange voice telling you that you have to sleep with a sugar daddy or do runs to make ends meet to keep kwayeettt that your body is the temple of the Lord and you won’t sell your birthright like Esau for a pot of porridge aka iPhone.
Tell the voice in your head telling you to bleach that you are too black for people to like to keep kwayeettt because “Black Panther” is definitely the movie everyone wants to see right now not “Fair Panther” or “Yellow Panther”.
Tell the silly voice telling you to worry about the future to keep kwayeettt that although you can’t see the future, you know a God who does and He has assured you that your future is bright.
He said in Matthew 6:25-34,
“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
And if God cares so wonderfully for the flowers and feeds the birds in the sky, He will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. But seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow”.
Worrying about tomorrow today sucks today of tomorrow’s benefits.
Stop worrying and start living.