Sunday, May 26, 2019

Starting Over

A pastor friend told me about a woman who was going to sing a solo in his church. When she stood in front of the congregation, the pianist started playing. Because she hadn’t warmed up her voice, she started singing off-key and missed several notes. Realizing she had made a mistake at the beginning, she knew couldn’t keep singing that way.

The woman stopped singing in the middle of the song. Embarrassed and humbled, she turned to the pianist saying, “I’m really sorry. Could I please start over?” The pianist flipped back the pages of her music and began playing the song again. This time the woman sang the song perfectly as it was meant to be sung.

After she finished and took her seat, the pastor told the congregation, “What you just witnessed is a picture of God’s grace. She made a mistake. She humbled herself and apologized. And then she asked for a chance to start over and sang perfectly.”

When Jesus healed a man who had been lame for thirty-eight years, He told him, “Do not sin anymore, so that something worse doesn’t happen to you” (John 5:14). The man could start life over. Now he could walk to new places, both good and bad. Jesus warned him about making wrong choices because something worse could happen to him if he did.

If you’ve had a bad start in life, you can start over. Acknowledge your mistakes and ask God’s forgiveness. Humbly ask Him for another chance to live differently. By God’s mercy and grace, you will do it better the next time.
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