Monday, May 24, 2010

The God of Another Chance

In golf there's an unwritten rule called a Mulligan. If you hit a bad shot off the tee, you can take a Mulligan, which says the first shot doesn't count and you get another chance to hit a new ball. It's a picture of grace because you don't deserve a second chance. There's no rule in golf that says you can forget about the first shot and get another chance to hit the ball. So where did the Mulligan come from?

It came from a man named David Mulligan, who was a manager of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. While playing golf one day in the 1920's, he hit a bad shot off the tee and decided to hit a "correction shot." His friends liked the idea so much they named the correction shot after him. Other golfers decided they needed another chance too when they messed up, so they also started taking Mulligans. And so have golfers for the next nine decades!

Did you know that God is offering you a Mulligan? If you've messed up your life, He wants to give you another chance to get it right this time. No, you don't deserve it. It's only by God's grace. He wants you to get your life back on track again.

But here's the deal. God will give you another chance, but you must do it differently than the first time. If you hit the ball the same way, you'll get the same result as the first time. This time, by God grace, you must do it His way. And then you'll wind up on the green rather than in the rough.
Keep looking up!