"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!"-2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV
Life can seem unforgiving for many people. They feel that since they have made a mess of their life that's it; no second chance. Among those who might feel this way are the incarcerated, those devastated by divorce, and those who have met financial ruin.
Admittedly, sometimes a chain of personal events can land us in such a horrible pit it seems as though there is no way out. In any large American city, for example, you are bound to see members of the homeless population. For many of them, their daily routine involves going through trashcans looking for a bite to eat, and scavenging to make an occasional dollar. I submit to you that if they could find their way to a more honorable life they would.
Life's lessons that could have averted such seemingly hopeless state oftentimes come dragging in too late. "I wish I knew then what I know now," we sometimes say. Two implications exist in this lamentation: 1) Had I known these things before I got myself in this situation life would have been better for me; and 2) the person clearly wishes he could go back to the other side of his current ordeal and do things over again.
The Lord can do better than that; He can radically change our life from this day forward, and we will have the benefit of the bitter lessons life has taught us. The Lord's not looking for perfect people to redeem. More importantly, His hands are not tied by our circumstances. He specializes in taking those who have made of mess of life, and making them a new creation. He changes them from the inside out. They get a faith in Him that enables them to hope again, believe again, and achieve again.
Dear Lord, thank You for Your life-changing power to make us over again. You can take the losers of life and make them winners. Old thing pass away. All things become new.... Amen.