“Forward To The Future”
January 11, 2014
It is a new year and we are rapidly moving into the future. Back in 1985 the movie “Back To The Future” portrayed actor Michel J. Fox traveling to the past to change how the future turns out. For many a new year and thinking about the future creates a sense of anxiety. W.H. Auden’s poem “The Age of Anxiety” describes how humans struggle to find substance and identity in a constantly shifting world. In his work “The Meaning of Anxiety” American Psychiatrist Rollo May provides his insights into how to successfully overcome the negative impact of anxiety. In 2006, The National Institute of Mental Health estimated that 40 million adult Americans suffer from an anxiety disorder.
Jesus of Nazareth was not a psychiatrist, a poet or statistician. However; over two thousand years ago he offered the ultimate divinely inspired word about this pernicious human condition. He said: “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life…therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow…” (Matthew 6: 25-34) There are spiritual ways to face general anxiety and our apprehensions about the future. Since we cannot ride a time machine and change the past, our only choice is to live this day in such a way that the future fulfills our hopes, dreams and prayers. Today will soon belong to the past, so now is the time to move forward to the future.