Playing the Movie Forward: Live Life with Fewer Regrets

Playing the Movie Forward: Live Life with Fewer Regrets

Play the Movie Forward: Live life with fewer regrets/ Making better decisions

Any one thing you do is only a scene in a larger movie. To understand that action, you have to play it out all the way to the end of the movie. Henry Cloud

Play the movie of our lives forward

Proverbs 13:20b companion of fools suffers harm

Our relationships determine our direction

1 Corinthians 15:33 Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”

PR 18:24 A person of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Not all friendships are at the same level

Amos 3:3 Can two people walk together unless they agree?

Common passion creates close friends

God uses relationships to shape us

Proverbs 13:20 Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.

2 Kings 2:1-3a When the LORD was about to take Elijah up to heaven in a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here; the LORD has sent me to Bethel.”

2 Kings 2:3b But Elisha said, “As surely as the LORD lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So they went down to Bethel. The company of the prophets at Bethel came out to Elisha and asked, “Do you know that the LORD is going to take your master from you today?” “Yes, I know,” Elisha replied, “but do not speak of it.”

2 Kings 2:7-9 Fifty men of the company of the prophets went and stood at a distance, facing the place where Elijah and Elisha had stopped at the Jordan. Elijah took his cloak, rolled it up and struck the water with it. The water divided to the right and to the left, and the two of them crossed over on dry ground. When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?” “Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit,”

2 Kings 2:10 Elisha replied. “You have asked a difficult thing,” Elijah said, “yet if you see me when I am taken from you, it will be yours–otherwise not.”

2 Kings 2:11-14 As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. Elisha saw this and cried out, “My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!” And Elisha saw him no more. Then he took hold of his own clothes and tore them apart.  He picked up the cloak that had fallen from Elijah and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan. Then he took the cloak that had fallen from him and struck the water with it. “Where now is the LORD, the God of Elijah?” he asked. When he struck the water, it divided to the right and to the left, and he crossed over.

It takes initiative to be with the wise

It takes focus to learn wisdom

Prov. 1:5   The wise listen and add to their learning

Prov. 9:9 Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still

Prov. 19:20 Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.

When you get around a wise person, shut up except to ask questions. Howard Hendricks

Practice/Test what you receive

Shake hands with a sneezer

My closest friends determine my direction