“Take No Thought for Your Life”
Meditations of the Heart, Howard Thurman (1953)
“Take no thought. This day I shall desert my anxieties. I shall forsake them – cut them off from the food supply of my spirit. Con?dent am I that if I do not feed them they cannot long survive. I shall seek to limit my primary exposure to those who exploit my anxieties by their tendency to exaggeration and alarm. I shall seek to broaden my exposure to those whose lives give forth confidence and calmness. Into God’s hand do I yield myself this day, with all that it involves for me, with the faith that I can take complete refuge in the knowledge and the love of God.
For me this will not be easy, nor do I lightly undertake it. Take no thought for your life. What a strange thing it is, this injunction! Up to this period of my life, I have seemed to survive by taking thought for my life. Upon deeper reflection, I begin to see that my life is not now, nor has it ever been, my own. I did not create nor have I sustained my life through the years. In so many ways, without my own plans and purposes, hard places have been made soft and rough places smooth. It is a source of immeasurable satisfaction and comfort to me to know that God, who is the Source and Sustainer of life, can be trusted to see me all the way to the end and beyond.
Take no thought for your life – it is in God’s hands and ever, when I am obeying the laws of life, it is God who works through me. Take no thought for your life.”
Together in Spirit gathers tonight at 6:00