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Weekly Wisdoms for the week of January 1, 2018

The way you know you've been given life, hope, and a future is when you begin giving those away to everyone else.

When you get something that you really love, you can't help but tell other people about it. For example, if you get a really cool new car, everyone around you will hear about it. When you meet an amazing person, you can't help but tell others about him or her. You're not making a deliberate effort to talk about that person; rather, it just seems totally natural to want to talk about him or her.

In the same way, if you've experienced God's miraculous work in your life (e.g., salvation), you don't have to try really hard to force yourself to tell others about God; it just comes naturally—it's what you want to do. What He did for you was so great that you want to brag about Him. But in order to come to the point in life where you can't help but talk about God, you first must experience the greatness of God. As the psalmist says, you need to taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8).

Ingest and digest God's glory. It's interesting that the psalmist used tasting rather than seeing, hearing, smelling, or feeling. Notice that out of the five senses, only when we taste something do we actually get it inside of us. We're not supposed to just hear about God's glory or see his glory at a distance, we need to taste God for ourselves.

Let God get in you and become a part of your identity. Then, when people see you, they'll recognize that you look a lot like Jesus because you'll be giving them the same thing He gave you—life, hope, and a future.

You can't enjoy today if you're worrying about the past or the future.

Your mind and your thoughts could be stuck in the past, continually thinking about what has already happened. If that's the case, it's best to get over it. The past has already happened; you can't do anything to change it. Rather, you ought to trust God that he is working out those things for ultimate good (see Romans 8:28).

On the other hand, your mind could be stuck in the future, thinking about what might happen, what you fear will happen, and things you wish wouldn't happen. However, being a person of faith requires trust--trusting God about the future.

Romans 15:13 says, May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him. You'll have joy and peace when you trust in God. Why? Because you'll be able to rest and relax knowing that God has good plans in store for you (Jeremiah 29:11).

Don't worry about the past or the future. Instead, have faith; trust God. When you trust God to help you learn from the past and provide for your future, you're free to enjoy your life today.

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