Chaps' Tent: Never get tired of seeking the advice of Jesus

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William Osler, founder of John Hopkins School of Medicine, once remarked: "Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand."

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Jesus prayed, "give us this day our daily bread." In His role as rabbi (teacher), Our Lord also taught, "Do not be anxious about tomorrow . . . "

Paul the Apostle echoed Jesus' teaching when he said, "have no anxiety about anything."

A modern way of putting it is often voiced by some patients I visited while a chaplain at the National Naval Medical center in Bethesda, Maryland. Often they would tell me, "I'm taking it one day at a time, Chaps."

So many people worry about the future and that makes for a life full of anxiety. Naturally, we need to plan for the future, but it’s useless to worry about it.

I never get tired of seeking the advice of Jesus, and concerning our daily lives, he said not to worry about tomorrow but to focus on the day. (See Matthew 6:33-34)

I encourage you, if you are uptight about your future, to take Jesus’ words at heart and focus on the here and now. Rejoice and thank God for positive blessings; Trust God and rely on friends.

Take responsibility for the situation, and make the best of it. Get out of your own worry and do something for others.

Jesus is always there. There’s no need for an appointment. No sign reads, "Not Home — come back another time."

May God's blessings be upon you in the not-so-good times and the good. Every day.

EDITOR'S NOTE: At press time, our faithful Chaps, retired Navy Lt. Cmdr. Bob Haines of Altoona, was concluding a hospital stay – and we are not bashful in asking our loyal readers' prayers as he deals with a few more scheduled tests and procedures in the weeks ahead.

Ironic that he mentioned Bethesda in the column above, reprinted from an earlier CHAPS' TENT: He shared by telephone a heartfelt "sea story" earlier this week about his days at the iconic Navy Hospital, including the warm privilege of ministering to the late Robert "Bud" MacFarlane, former National Security Advisor, and his wife, Jonda. We love you, CHAPS!

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