2023 a New Year… a Second Chance!  As the new year has started, there are many thoughts going through my mind.  Many one-liners that help us remember to go in a different direction this year.  Or in some cases to stay the course that God has been leading us in.  There is a one-liner that I wrote down many years ago, that I think is appropriate for the start of a new year.  It is this, “Our First choice, doesn’t have to be our Last choice.”*   I am trying to remember the guy who said it.  His last name was something like Hippenstein, Hipster, Hippensteel.  That’s right Hippensteel.  You probably remember him as Pastor Dale (don’t worry, if I didn’t quote it right, I will get a text from him).

It doesn’t matter who you are, young or older, regular attender to church or shut-in watching the service on Facebook, short or tall… we all make choices.  Sometimes we do a good job at it and sometimes we, should I say, are not so good at it.  Some of us have more experience at making choices and some of us are just starting out at making choices.  Some of us seek guidance or counsel when making choices and some of us jump right in and make choices.

Some choices are minor in nature, like what will I wear today or should I get the breakfast for lunch or a regular lunch.  But then there are those choices that have a significant impact on our lives.  

Whatever the choice, God loves to give us a second chance when we don’t get it just right.  God is patient in giving us second chances—and not just one, but continual second chances. Micah 7:18 says, "Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of His inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy."

There is one choice that I beg you to make and you won’t have to worry if you are getting it right.  That choice is to turn your life over to Christ.  Make Jesus, Lord of your life.  And even though there is no “Good Time” to do it, if you haven’t yet done that, why not do it today. Acts 16:30-31 says,  “Then he brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”  They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, along with everyone in your household.” Or from Romans 10:9,  “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

 It’s a new year, a time for second chances!  

Have a Blessed 2023!  


*from Rev. Dale Hippensteel’s sermon on May 27, 2018



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