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Writing The Future Chapters Of My Life ... Today
Lessons On Life From The Apostle Paul
by Lee Wise
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© Lee Wise 2003 All rights reserved

SCRIPTURE

"I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death... If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me." (Philippians 1:20-22)

LINKING MY PAST WITH MY FUTURE

I would like you to do something for me: stop reading, 
return to the verses above, and read those one more time.

Slowly and thoughtfully. 

Why?

Because hidden within these brief comments by a man who 
lived in the distant past is a "secret" for successful 
Christian living. 

And the secret is... how I write the story of my own life
now will dramatically effect how the last chapters of my
life will read in the future. 

Said another way: 

"The better I live each day of my life now, the more confident I can be about the quality of what my life will look like in the future." 

LET'S GO BACK TO PAUL

Paul had established a personal history of living for God.
He had a good, solid track record and he knew it. 

*Question: What was the result?

*Answer: An unbelievable amount of confidence 
concerning his anticipated way of living in the future. 

He *expected* to stay in the game and play it well.

*If he died, he expected to honor Jesus in the process. 

*If he lived, he expected to honor Jesus and have a 
fruitful life along the way. 

The importance of building a history of standing for God 
that can be projected into the future cannot be over
emphasized.

Imagine being able to make statements like these:

"Christ will be exalted by what I do in the future. 
It has been that way in the past and it will be that 
way in the future."

"The conviction which has propelled me to exceptional 
living in the past is strong enough to last a lifetime."

"Personally, I believe 'I will make it.' I'll live the good life and help others live the same way."

"I know my life will count. Live or die, it will count." 

A PRAYER RESPONSE

As I initially walked through this passage in the pathways 
of my mind and heart, I spontaneously recorded a prayer. 

I'm going to travel back to that time in my life, and I invite you to join me as I revisit my heart's home for the next two or three minutes. 

It will be good for me -- and I hope it will be the same
for you. 

Bypass the sentence structure, please. I decided to leave 
it as I wrote/prayed it.

"Help me, Lord, to see my past as it is ... a past filled with grace and success. 

No, Lord, it is not that I have perfect or haven't failed a 
lot, but overall it has been a life of living for the right things in the right way. 

And, oh my Father, how thankful I am for that! 

And now, Lord, help me to "advance" in my thinking. Help me to advance to the 'eagerly expect and hope' stage of 
thinking positive about my future. 

Give me the grace to genuinely and humbly -- yet confidently -- anticipate with joy my future life with you and with 
others! 

Lord, help me to focus on what I can yet become instead of what I feel I should have been! 

My Father, I want to see life this way so that I can live 
the best way possible for you in my future. 

Once again, I thank you for the grace of Christ in a man 
named Paul. 

And I thank you that that same grace lies within my grasp. 

Give to me the ability, O Lord, to see it and seize it in my 
future for your glory and the good of others! Amen." 

HERE'S MY ADVICE...

See grace in the past and project it into the future. 

Always -- always -- view and review your life through the 
eyes of grace. Never look at your life apart from the grace 
of God. Never. 

Make it a life goal to build a history of success in every 
area of your life. And don't forget: you can begin a new
history with each new decision and action. 

When thinking about your future, focus on what you can 
become. 

Don't spend all of your emotional energy focusing on
what you *should have been.* 

When the "I should haves" in your mind consistently 
discourage you instead of motivate you, realize they 
have lost their value. They are no longer serving you:
they are *slaying* you and destroying your potential. 

Question: When is an "I should have" memory a good 
one? 

Answer: When you allow the memory to: (1) teach you 
a valuable life lesson; and (2) motivate you toward 
becoming the person you want to become in the Lord. 

Become an, "If I live, I will live well!" person. 

Establish commitments that will last a lifetime. Commitments concerning your personal, home and ministry life. 

This highlights...

The importance of personal commitments. Commitments 
based on convictions regarding the most important 
things in life are invaluable motivators and guidelines for life! 

SHORT SHOTS ON QUALITY LIVING

"A quality past helps make for a quality future!" 

"Each quality today helps prepare me 
for a quality tomorrow."

Yours for many hope-filled days in Jesus,

Lee 
(John 15:16) 

____________________________
Lee is a seminary administrator, has a part-time business 
at home, and writes two motivational ezines: "A Beautiful
Moment In Time" and "Hope For Daily Living."  Permission is given to distribute article. This paragraph must be included -- including the copyright notice below.  Email: Lee@seariches.net
  Link: http://www.seariches.net

All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are 
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