Future Trippin' according to the Urban Dictionary: When your significant other is tripping about events that are either a) hypothetical or b) occuring in the future or c) will never occur. I.E. "Yea, it was crazy, dude. That girl was future trippin!" Of course the example is of a crazy girl. We do tend to be the ones to overthink life. What does future trippin' look like in my life? Son is late coming home. I try to call. He doesn't answer. These are all facts. Next comes the future trippin'. He got in a car wreck. He's hurt on the side of the road with no one to help him. He's dead. I'm planning his funeral. I am in tears.
I ran across this quote written 500 years ago by Michael de Montaigne, "My life has been filled with terrible misfortune; most of which never happened". Wow. Just wow. How many minutes, hours, days have I filled with worries about the future? Living every moment, in the moment, can be very difficult at times. Instead of facing the momentary challenge for what it is, we tend to future trip.
There are no benefits to future trippin'. Jesus talked about worry. He knew we did it and did it often. He said in Matthew 6:27 "Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?". Not only does worrying not add time to our lives, but it takes it away. We are only given so many years on this earth. Is this how we want to fill it? Future trippin' steals time from us.
Future trippin' robs us of today's joy. Not too long ago I received a call from one of my son's teachers telling me how great he was doing in her class. On that same day my daughter was struggling with friend issues. As I sat with some close friends that evening my focus was not on that call, but on the hurts of my daughter and my concern for her future with her friends. Instead of sharing about the phone call and focusing on it, I was dwelling in the worry and traveling time to the land of someday and what ifs. Worry had stolen my joy.
Worry is a thief and a liar. It leads us down paths that are dark and full of fear. God calls us to trust in Him. God sent us Jesus, and in Him we have hope for today and for tomorrow. No more future trippin'. Instead, rest in the promise of hope we have in Jesus. If you find yourself traveling to the future, turn around quickly and trust in Him.
And again, Isaiah says,“The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; in him the Gentiles will hope.” May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.