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1171st -- Advice To A Younger Me


One thing we should never do in life is to live it with regret. Life is 
too short to continually ponder the past, think of what could have been 
and wish that things would have turned out better than they did. By 
continuously thinking of the past, we hinder our future from becoming all 
that it can be. We must be disciplined enough to let the past stay there 
and look forward to a better tomorrow filled with new possibilities, new 
aspirations, new hopes and new dreams. Our life isn't defined by our 
shortfalls or by our past mistakes because God is able to give us a new 
beginning no matter how many times we have fallen short before. When we 
confess our sins and ask for God to forgive us, the Bible says God 
cleanses us of our filthiness and He puts on us a robe of righteousness. 
God doesn't redeem us and make us clean because of our goodness, but He 
does it because His love and mercy is so great and because He is the One 
who is good. (Isaiah 1:18) (Lamentations 3:55-58) (1 John 1:8-9)

Let us remember how much God loves us and wishes for our ending to be much 
greater than our beginnings. Let us let go of what has hindered us in 
times past and reach forth towards a brighter, blessed and beautiful 
tomorrow that is filled with new hopes, new dreams and new possibilities. 
We must believe it for ourselves before it can ever come to pass. Let us 
believe it, confess it, dream about it, hope for it and with our whole 
heart let us strive to bring it to pass. Faith and action are two very 
powerful weapons and when used in unison can change our life in ways that 
we had never thought or imagined could be possible. Let us be faith 
filled warriors in Christ, not holding on to the past, but reaching for, 
striving for and praying for a blessed, peace filled life that is meant to 
make a difference in this world. (Exodus 4:10-13) (Psalm 41:10-13)

Always remember that you and God are a majority and no weapon that is 
formed against you shall prosper. Let go of the old hurts, allow the Lord 
to heal them and ask Him to lead your life onto the best path. When we 
commune with God and talk to Him as our Heavenly Father, He will be 
faithful to listen and answer our heartfelt prayers according to His will 
for our life. I encourage you again to stop looking and thinking of what's
behind you and start looking ahead with a smile on your face and Joy in 
your heart because God is faithful to bring it all to pass when we trust 
in Him. (Isaiah 54:17) (Psalm 147:3-11) (Psalm 103:1-14) (Proverbs 3:1-19)

I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to live each day 
with purpose and intent knowing that this day is the best day of your life.


All of us at some point in our lives have wished that we could write a 
letter to our younger selves. We have wished we could pass on the wisdom 
we have learned and help them to avoid some of the pain and struggles that 
we have gone through. I think that my own advice to the younger me would 
be quite simple. This is what I would say.

Wake up earlier more often and take the time to watch the sun rising over 
the hills. Bend down to smell the flowers in the Spring. Swim more in the 
Summer. Play in the Fall leaves. Make snow angels every Winter. Turn the 
TV off in the afternoon and go play with your dogs instead. Don’t rush 
through those Sunday family dinners. Savor every bite of food and joy in 
them. Tell your Mom and Grandma you love them every day and hug them every 
chance you can. Don’t complain about chopping wood with your Dad. Enjoy 
every moment you have with him. And don’t argue so much with your 
brothers. Life is too short to spend being miserable.

Stop being so shy. Other people are just like you inside. Smile more. 
Laugh a lot. Sing often. They are joy creators. Share a kind word every 
chance you get. Give your inner goodness to everyone. Don’t worry about 
the future. Instead enjoy this day that God has given you. Make the time 
to play with your young children. One day you will blink and they will be 
as big as you are. Quit wishing you were rich in money. Yet, rejoice at 
being rich in heart. Realize that happiness is simple. It is we who are 
complicated. Know in your heart that God loves you just as you are. Know 
in your heart that you can love too. Go out and share your love with the 
world. When you do you will have the joy you have always longed for.

How I wish I could give this advice to the younger me, but I can’t. He 
probably wouldn’t have listened anyway. Still, it isn’t too late to follow 
this advice today and that is all that matters. 

By Joseph J. Mazzella

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and 
every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. 
This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness 
is of me, saith the LORD.”

Deuteronomy 4:30-31 “When thou art in tribulation, and all these things 
are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy 
God, and shalt be obedient unto His voice; (For the LORD Thy God is a 
merciful God;) He will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget 
the covenant of thy fathers which He sware unto them.”

1 Peter 2:9 “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy 
nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him 
who hath called you out of darkness into His marvellous light.”

1 Peter 5:6-7 “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, 
that He may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon Him; for He 
careth for you.”

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.

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In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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