Second Chances

9.15.2010

Every moment is a second chance, at starting over, at starting over. Move from the past to the present tense. You can start over, start over again. If you feel ashamed of the choices that you’ve made, you can be whole again and return to your innocence -- Addison Road

I listened to this song on the way to work and though I've heard it many times, this was the first time it really dawned on me how true this is. And the only reason it's true is because of God's unending grace. Everyone has done or is doing things that they regret or wish they could go back in change. But the moments in your life that make you look back and wonder "what was I thinking" are also moments where God was working on you. Working on your selfishness, your insecurities, your wounds, your heart. I do believe that everything happens for a reason. I don't voice it often because I do not think that it should be cliche. Every minute of every hour of everyday should be appreciated for what it is. And though every day should glorify God, I'm going to be honest, and say that I know not everything I do is glorifying. I try. I really do. But sometimes I'm mean and selfish and not merciful to those around me. And that's a hard thing to admit and a hard thing to know how to change.

But God...

God reminds me in those moments of  much He is a grace-giving, merciful, loving God. And though I feel ashamed much of the time for how I act and react, He reminds me yet again, of how to learn and grow from those want to forget moments. And though this is cliche, I believe it needs to be said -- you cannot change the past. What's done is done. The only thing that you can do is to determine how you will react to those moments going forward.

Be merciful, grace-giving, loving, compassionate, and above all, be faithful. Trust the Word. Listen to God. Believe in what His promises are.

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Mel said...

Amen! Thank you for posting this. Sometimes we have to be reminded of things that we know to be true! Love ya!

 
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