by Dr. Charles Stanley
Saturday January 28, 2006
Keeping a Young Attitude
A week ago, I wrote about the importance of maintaining a youthful attitude rather than allowing ourselves to grow old and useless to the kingdom. This weekend I have more suggestions for staying young all our life.
First, we need to keep laughing — we are never more like children than when we are having fun with our friends. Related to this suggestion is another to keep letting go of emotional baggage. Some people have been hurt deeply, and their laughter is buried under old pains. But clutching past bitterness and feelings of rejection will age us quickly. Jesus Christ is willing to remove all that ugliness as soon as we lay it down, which we do by forgiving ourselves and others. Every day is a fresh start, another chance for our indwelling God to help us smile and laugh.
Second, we should keep longing. That means we ought to keep chasing our dreams and working toward goals. When a person wakes up with something to accomplish or a friend to aid, he or she squeezes every drop of joy from life. As soon as we settle for watching the world go by, we start to age.
Finally, and most importantly, we keep leaning on the Lord. If we live with childlike trust, God will bless our life and use us to bring blessing upon others. He will give a sense of contentment so deep that no trial or spiritual attack can shake us.
As believers, we have the opportunity to take part in God’s work every day of our life. To give up before He wants us to stop cheats both the Lord and us.