January 23, 1973
TO YOU FROM THE FUTURE – January 23, 2017
Don’t be alarmed! This is me – I mean you, from the future. It’s from you – an older and wiser you.
Calm down! (Please stop biting your nicotine soaked nails, having that next cigarette isn’t as important as you think.)
Maybe you will trust me if I tell you something only you know:
That scar on your upper lip is not from an accident. Do remember that taste of blood as Dick Finely and his gang threw rocks at you while walking home from school. Can you hear the names they called you because you couldn’t afford new shoes or a coat.
Not scared anymore? Good. You’re a new Christian and spook easily. Trust me, in the future; you will be seasoned and learn well God’s instruction.
I’m writing to you because these five things are necessary for your peace of mind. Follow them, and you will grow in the Lord.
#1. Stop worrying:
Trust the Lord. He’s got you now, and you’re in good hands. I know she says you’re not worth it and you’re only as good as your hands – your body, but don’t listen to her. You are more than you even think and you will be successful.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:6-7 NIV
#2. Stop planning.
Trust the Lord. Get out of His way. He has excellent plans for you. You will graduate from high school and even graduate, with honors, from college. You will be successful, adopt children and have a loving, faithful and understanding husband.
Don’t worry about that murderer you were engaged to because’s he’s in prison and not looking for you. Wait. Wait. Wait for the Lord to bring you your husband. It’s worth it.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord… Jeremiah 29:11-14a NIV
May He give you the desire of your heart and make your plans succeed… Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. Psalm 20:4 & 7 NIV
#3. Trust the Lord, know Him by Name and read His Word:
Start now by getting to know, really know, God’s Word. Treasure it and trust it.
As you read and memorize (yes! memorize.) you will begin to see the very character and nature of the One who loves you with an everlasting love. Trust me when I say, “He will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Those who know Your name trust in You, for You, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek You. Psalm 9:10 NIV
My (daughter), pay attention to what I say; listen to My words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body. Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you. Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm. Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil. Proverbs 4:20-27 NIV
#4. Guard your heart.
Now that you’ve become a Christian it will be an adventure. He is shaping, transforming, and renewing and your heart. You will be happy with the outcome. Your heart now belongs to Him. Guard it! Don’t let anyone or anything have priority. Yield to the Lord with your whole heart and soul.
It may seem hard now, but trust me, relinquish all rights to self. He’s got you covered.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers (sisters), in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship. Romans 12:1 NIV
#5. Take one Day at a Time.
Trust the Lord. It’s not going to be easy, and there’ll be days you might want to throw your hands up in the air and give up. Don’t! Your Savior, Helper, and Refuge will be with you every single day. He is faithful.
You will not have all the answers, and that’s fine. The teenager you are today cannot handle what I can as a senior Christian. I’ve gone through the “process” and gained strength, endurance, and encouragement for each given day.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV
I know this sounds pretty complicated, but you can handle it. Your future self has faith in you. You have a good future – you have a good God.
I’ve given you a glimpse of your future. I don’t know what you’re going to do with it, but above all else trust the Lord.
Keep the faith!
Your Future Self,
P.S. Sorry you can’t respond to this letter. But, may the Lord bless and keep you.
If you could write to your past self, what advice would you give?
Featured photo from lightstock.com Rick Short.