Sufficient Is the Day – 3 Nephi 13:31-34

31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 For your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.
34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow, for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient is the day unto the evil thereof.

This week, I’ve pondered the following concepts about time management and put them into practice in my life:
  1. It’s important to spend our time on the highest priority activities, even when that means being flexible with our schedule.
  2. Spending my time wisely means saying no to lower priority activities, which includes not overcommitting or getting involved in too many things.
  3. We need to dedicate sufficient time to activities which increase our spiritual knowledge, including scripture study, pondering, and prayer.
  4. It’s important to plan our schedule in advance and to estimate the effort required to complete each task.
Today, I’m focusing on the importance of avoiding distractions, particularly distractions caused by anxiety. As the Savior taught in the passage above, there are many things in our lives which we can’t control and which we must leave in the hands of God. It is important to plan for the future, but it is not wise to spend inordinate time and energy worrying about potential future events. “Sufficient is the day unto the evil thereof,” or, as it reads in the New Testament, “Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof” (Matthew 6:34). In other words, I have plenty of good work to do right now without piling on all of the challenges and opportunities that I may or may not face in the future. And I can trust that each day, with the help of the Lord, I will have sufficient time to meet the challenges of that day. So I don’t need to do my future work now; I can focus instead on doing the work of the present.
Today, I will fulfill the duties of the day, and I will enjoy the experiences of the day. I will plan for the future, but I will live in the present. I will trust the Lord’s promise that there will be sufficient time in the future to deal with any opportunities and challenges that may come.
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