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Dr. Billy Graham once told the story of a man who became lost in the Great Smoky Mountains. This man had been born and raised in the mountains, and he thought this could never happen to him. But it had, and now he was hopelessly lost and confused.

Finally, he came upon an old man in a log cabin, who gave him some advice he never forgot: “When you’re lost, never go down. Always go up. When you get to the top of the ridge, you can get your bearings, and find your way again.”

You and I have two choices in life: We can go down, and get lost in discouragement, confusion, drugs, alcohol, loose living, emptiness and depression. Or we can go up, always looking on the bright side of things. The choice is ours. And no one can choose for us, or take those choices away from us.

Live Longer

It has been proven that people who look on their circumstances in a positive, rather than a negative way, enjoy better health, and get more fun out of life. They also live considerably longer.

Of course, it’s also important to follow a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, exercise, and adequate rest.  However, many people who do all these good things often overlook a key point: Trust in Divine power. This will greatly enhance the benefits of all the other factors.

This trust in God will come as the result of meditating on the promises found in the Scriptures. As you do this, remember to lift your thoughts to God in prayer. In doing so, you will experience a calm assurance that no matter what comes your way, everything is going to turn out for the best in the long run.

This assurance will lead you to a positive, rather than a negative outlook on life.

So, keep looking up!

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