October 27, 2006 print_code Print this lesson

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

Is your mind and your thoughts stuck in the past? Do you find yourself continually thinking about what has already taken place? If that's the case, it's time to get over it. The past is the past. There’s nothing you can change about it. Instead of worrying about the past, you should trust in God that he is working out those things for your ultimate good (Romans 8:28).

On the other hand, your mind could also be stuck in the future, thinking about what might happen, what you fear will happen, or things you wish wouldn't happen. Nonetheless, 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. To have joy and peace you have to trust in God. Why? Because in so doing you'll be able to rest and relax knowing that God has good plans in store for you and your future (Jeremiah 29:11).

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