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Topic: Beginnings (05/31/04)

TITLE: Envisioning Do-Overs
By L.M. Lee


“I wish my life was like a computer,” Sarah lamented.


“I could simply hit the delete key and clear away all the messes! I could get a do-over, have a new beginning!”

“You want to erase everything?”

“Yes, everything! Everything in my life is a mess. There is nothing good about it. All my life I’ve been impulsive. I’ve made ridiculous decisions. I’ve hurt people.”

“Are you really sure about this request?”

“Yes! I am absolutely sure!”

“You would even want to erase Me?”

“Oh, not You…but everything else. All of my life has been one big screw-up. I put the “R” in regret and remorse…remember?”

“I do agree that you would have been happier if your original choices had followed My instructions…but.”

“But what? Every decision I’ve ever made had a beginning. All my beginnings seem to be the opening chapters of disaster. Why couldn’t I for just once, begin … right?”

“Would you really like to?”

“Isn’t that what this conversation has been about?”

“It has, but may I say a few things?”

“I’m sorry…see I don’t even do listening - right!”

***A loving smile of understanding warms over Sarah ***

“Sarah, I know, right now, it feels like you only make bad choices. But you have made some very good choices.”


“Yes, your life is a garden. It is a result of the choices you made six months ago…the seeds you planted.”

“Oh great…You had to remind me!”

“It’s okay, you planted a very good seed a few months ago, remember? You came to Me. You repented and asked for forgiveness. I have thrown those sins and mistakes into the Sea of Forgetfulness, as far as the East is from the West…and frankly I have much better thoughts toward you than spending all My time trying to remember what you’re doing wrong. My thoughts toward you are for your success and I have great hope for your future. When I think of you I think about what is true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, and praiseworthy.”

“Ah, come on…you can’t possibly think that way about me after all the dumb, idiotic, and stupid things I’ve done!”

“Yes, I can…and I do. My thoughts are not your thoughts. My thoughts are higher than yours. I see the end before the beginning. I know what lies within in you. I see all the possibilities of My grace working in your life. I see only a reflection of My glory.”

“Come on, You’ve got to be kidding! You can’t possibly see anything good in me.”

“I see the image of My Son when I look at you. The real question is; Sarah, what do you see?

“Oh Lord! When I look I only see all my past failures and mistakes and it’s so bad, I don’t even want to look.”

“Sarah, you can choose what you see.”

“I can?”

“Yes, you can. You have the power of the Holy Spirit living inside you to see your life through the Blood of My Son and the Truth of My Word or you can continue to look through the lies, deception and distortion of My enemy, Satan.”

“Whose vision do you see?”

“Sarah, I make all things new. In Me, are new beginnings, but you must believe what I tell you. If you don’t, you will continue to see the same old image and make the same old choices. Without My vision, you will perish.”

“Oh, Father, please help me! Help me see myself the way You do. Your vision of me is so much better…but I don’t deserve to look that way…not after all the things I’ve done.”

“I know, Sarah, but it’s not about you, it’s about Me. My grace is sufficient. I am so patient. I will walk with you; guiding you, teaching you and showing you how to renew your mind and walk in obedience…I will do it all…if.”

“If what?”

“If you will begin today and everyday…with Me.”

© 5/31/04 Lissa M. Lee

Member Comments
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Gary Sims06/07/04
Lissa - another strong entry and congratulations on last week’s win. Again, your strength in writing dialogue is to be commended. I liked the way you helped me keep track of the speaker with the insertion of names within the dialogue. I didn’t get lost this time.

Most importantly, this has a very important message that we all have difficulty with. Even in our repentance, even as we are being made anew in Christ’s love we need to remember this line: “I know, Sarah, but it’s not about you, it’s about Me. My grace is sufficient.” Thank you for sharing your gift with us. - Gary
Mary Elder-Criss06/07/04
I've been where Sarah is at, seeing only failure and mistakes when I look in the mirror. Nice reminder that God doesn't view us the same way, and lovely presentation of Beginnings. Thanks for sharing. Mary
Deborah Porter 06/07/04
Showing a beautiful sensitivity here Lissa. Lovely piece and do agree with Gary that the speech was a lot easier this time to keep track of.

My favourite part had to be "Yes, your life is a garden. It is a result of the choices you made six months ago…the seeds you planted." I think it's good to take something away from everything we read (if we can). That one thought is definitely the keeper for me! You are a blessing (and yes lovely lady, congratulations on a well deserved win in the "Light" challenge). With love, Deb
Marcell Billinghurst06/07/04
A good article, and message with great dialogue with the Lord.
One of your strong points. Well done
Dian Moore06/07/04
Great job Lissa. Your dialogue is excellent and believable. Thank you.
Linda Miller06/07/04
Hi Lissa - this hits home because we are all under construction. Sometimes we only see the framework and not the end result. Thanks for your entry. Congratulations on your 1st place win from last weeks challenge.
Norma OGrady06/07/04
Congratulations on your 1st place win from last weeks challenge.
Great this week too
Yeshua Bless you
Kenny Paul Clarkson06/07/04
It's an empowering thought to consider that we can choose to see what we see.
Dan Blankenship 06/08/04
Hi Lissa! One of the ways we can tell if an article is good or not, is if while we are reading it we keep thinking, "Wow, I wish I had written this."

I did that the whole way through. I love dialogue-short-stories; this is a great one.

Good job.

God Bless.
Dan Blankenship
Corinne Smelker 06/08/04
Lissa - you are so good at dailogue - this is definitely a vote getter in my book! Congratulations on last week's win too. You deserved it.

Powerful message, well told.
Glenn A. Hascall06/11/04
A splendid reminder of the God of second, no third, make that fourth - you get the idea - chances.

Great dialogue - would translate very well into a stage presentation. You have one third of my vote.

Thanks for the indcredible reminder. -- Glenn
Patricia Ouellette06/13/04
Lissa, Praise Jesus for putting life into our vision of coming into the presence of the Lord. Your vocal structure is wonderful and clear. Reading this passage was like hearing the conversation in reality.

I for one have not a dry eye. You have convicted me of my own undoing. Thank you most sincerely.

Beautifully written.

Blessings in His name