We all want to live each day fully. To do that, we need to maintain a youthful attitude instead of letting ourselves grow old and useless. Here are some suggestions for staying young all our life (Psalm 103:1-5).

First, we need to keep laughing. We are never more like children than when we are having fun with our friends. In order to laugh, we at times must let 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 when we lay it down, which we do by forgiving ourselves and others — perhaps repeatedly. Every day is a fresh start and 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 experiences more of the joy life has to offer. As soon as we settle for watching the world go by, we start to age.

Finally, and most importantly, we must keep leaning on the Lord. If we live with childlike trust, God will bless our lives and use us to bring blessings to 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 the Lord’s work every day of our lives. If we give up before He wants us to stop, we cheat both God and ourselves.

Allen Tilley is senior pastor at First Baptist Church of Carthage.

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