God of Another Chance
One would think that those who have been born again for several decades would instantly obey God. I have set that as my personal goal, but can I be honest? Sometimes I fall short. All too often I find myself doing the “good thing” rather than the “God thing” for my life at that time.
For example, I have retired three times from God-given seasons in my life. I was able to bless many families as a speech-language pathologist for twenty-seven years. Being a church planter and pastor helped me serve countless families and my community for twenty years. I want to believe that I imparted life-giving knowledge to my students at Life Christian University for eight years. During all of these years I served as speaker, teacher, and counselor for anyone who asked. Now I find myself in the fourth God-given season of my life – writer and author. I have no doubt about it; I am just finding it hard to do it. Why? I see so many needs still left unmet in the last two seasons of my life that I am equipped spiritually to help meet. In my mind, I know that the church and the school and the many ministries I have worked with are no longer my responsibility. In my heart, I hate to see people living beneath their God-given privileges when I can say something or do something to help them get to the next level.
In this fourth season of my life, God has told me to write down the wisdom He has given to me because the written word can go further than I can personally. I am sharing my experience in this blog for three reasons:
To give guidance - Reading my thoughts above, the answer to my problem is simple – obey. Sister, if you are at a crossroad in your ministry or life, I hope these words help you move in the right direction.
To share my goal - It is stated that when one sets a life goal, it should be shared with others to increase the possibility of success. I am sharing my goal with you.
To give God praise - I want to give God praise for being such a patient, loving Father who gives his daughters another chance. I am long past second and third chances. I have lost count of the many times God has forgiven me and helped me move on down the path He has set my feet upon.
If you are in a period in your life that you know what God has said, but your spiritual feet are stuck because of fear, doubt, looking back (like me), or just plain don’t want to – be encouraged. We serve a God who understands and will not leave us out of His will for us. How do I know? Because of personal experience and because Scripture says so:
II Timothy 2:13 - If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.
James 1:5 - If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
Psalm 23 - The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
Sisters, let us glorify His name by being obedient and finishing our course with gladness. Let’s stop holding on to the past (regardless of the reason) and confidently step on the path to this new part of our journey.
He promised to be with us always. He promised to give us victory. Knowing these truths, let us make Philippians 4:13 our daily affirmation – “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”