—Lamentations 5:21 MSG
“A what?” the kids asked.
“I’ll show you,” Brett said, marching all three of them upstairs and into their bedrooms.
A few moments later, Brett flung the lights back on and announced cheerfully, “Good morning, kids! Did you sleep well? It’s great to see you this beautiful morning!”
Thankfully, the rest of that Saturday—especially after long afternoon naps—was relatively pleasant. The kids just needed a fresh start.
Are you having a horrible, terrible, no good, very bad day? Or perhaps it’s not just a bad day, but you’ve had a bad month . . . or year. If so, maybe you, too, need a “do-over.”
Will you tarnish this year with last year’s regrets, mistakes, bitterness, and frustrations? Or will you take a “do-over” and restart with a clean slate?
You may be thinking, Starting over may be easy for little kids, but it’s too late for me. I’ve made too many mistakes, and now I’m stuck in this mess. There’s no way out!
If you feel like your life is stuck at a dead-end, don’t give up. There’s hope! The Bible says, “GOD gives a hand to those down on their luck, gives a fresh start to those ready to quit” (Psalm 145:14 MSG).
That’s exactly why the gospel is such good news! No matter how old you are, no matter what you’ve done, and no matter how “stuck” you think you are in your circumstances, God will forgive you and give you a clean slate. In fact, when you turn to God for a “do-over,” you not only get a fresh start in this life, but you gain the assurance of eternal life in heaven. The Bible says that when we turn to Christ, He completely transforms us: “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV).
Now, turning to God for a fresh start doesn’t mean you’ll never mess up again. Far from it! But it does mean that you will have a bright future. After all, God is in the business of giving people fresh starts.
Consider just a few of God’s promises:
• “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!” (Isaiah 43:18–19 NIV)So this year, as you make New Year’s resolutions about getting in shape, eating right, or otherwise improving your physical health, be careful not to overlook the condition of your spiritual health.
• “Count yourself lucky, how happy you must be—you get a fresh start, your slate’s wiped clean.” (Psalm 32:1 MSG)
• “Everything that we have—right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start—comes from God by way of Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 1:30 MSG).
• “Everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life” (1 Corinthians 15:21 NLT).
• “He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’” (Revelation 21:5 NIV)
Because no matter who you are or what you’ve done, 2010 can be the year that you finally take a “do-over” and are able to say, along with the Psalmist, “GOD made my life complete when I placed all the pieces before him. … He gave me a fresh start” (Psalm 18:20 MSG).