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Proverbs 3:18 NIV

“She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her; those who hold her fast will be blessed.” 

I spoke at the local high school baccalaureate a couple weeks ago. I left them with what I referred to as the four words that would guarantee them a successful life. I didn’t guarantee riches, power, popularity or any thing typically seen as signs of success. I simply told them they would look back at the end of their journey and know that no matter what struggles, challenges, heartaches or surprises they faced they could rest knowing their life was done right and their eternity would be sweet. I assured them some struggles could be guaranteed. We live in a fallen and broken world. But, I guaranteed a successful life where it truly mattered. The words were to love Jesus and be kind. Jesus put it this way, “Love God with every ounce of you and love your neighbor.” In this verse Solomon gives his formula. The ‘Let God Be True’ folks put it this way, “By learning wisdom and obtaining understanding, a man has the basis for a good and happy life in his possession.” That is the tree of life Solomon refers to. It produces a sweet future as well. In that formula is the guarantee of Jesus. Today Live Jesus and be kind. #BeTheEdge

“…Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’…Love your neighbor as yourself,” Jesus

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