Don’t Cross the River Until You Reach It

Do not worry about tomorrow.
             —Matthew 6:34

In Abraham Lincoln’s lawyering days, he often had to negotiate dangerous rivers en route to court appointments.

One evening, he overnighted at a tavern where he met a circuit-riding evangelist. When Lincoln anxiously asked him about the treacherous Fox River—which he would have to cross the following day—the preacher said, “I’m well acquainted with it. But I have one fixed rule with regard to Fox River—I never cross it till I reach it.”

Anticipated problems, added to today’s, add up to heavy lifting. George MacDonald said: “No man ever sank under the burden of the day. It is when tomorrow’s burden is added to the burden of today, that the weight is more than a man can bear.”

Jesus advised: “Do not worry about tomorrow . . . Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Fatigue is more often caused
by worry than by work.