TO GET STARTED
Starting over again can be a huge advantage, or a great blessing, or even be a life changer. Songs, poems, novels, plays, and movies are filled with the spirit lifting theme of getting to start over.
Everyone deserves a second chance, right?
WHY IS THAT?
I think we like the idea of second chances because we each recognize the none of us is perfect, we all make mistakes, we all sin. Here is a movie quote, “You don’t throw a life away just because it’s banged up a little,” that’s from the film Seabiscuit.
An artist can start fresh on a new canvas, or reshape the clay, or use a new and fresh color. The songwriter, the author, and the poet can rework the words over and over again until they are perfect.
It’s a little harder with people. We all deserve a second chance, to start over again. Sometimes its hard for me to extend a second chance when someone’s first chance burned me. Then it becomes about forgiveness and even basic human kindness, and dignity.
IS IT A GRACE THING?
Maybe starting over is about the gift of grace. Offering grace is about giving to someone something that don’t deserve, can’t earn, and shouldn’t get, but you give it anyway. And why? Because they need it. Because we all do.
It’s egregiously disingenuous of me to beg my God for mercy and grace, receive it, and then turn around and demand justice and hard-hearted perfection from a fellow sinner. In this case, “Fellow,” means equal.
GOOD PARENTS GIVE GRACE
Every good parent understands that each of their children will need the opportunity to start over, over and over again. We literally learn to feed ourselves, to speak, walk, and just about everything else, by trial and error. We fall again and again before we learn to walk. Our parents demonstrated tremendous patience and loving support to help us become the people we turned out to be. And as parents, we offer the same to our children.
THE POWER OF STARTING OVER
Children grow up with it.
Adults mature by it.
Sinners are redeemed by it.
God is the ultimate master in providing opportunity for starting over, for beginning again.
It’s through the grace of transformation and spiritual renewal that we find ourselves protected in the loving embrace of our heavenly Father.