(Today’s message was written by Tim Klink - Founder of Prison Discipleship Ministry)
There have been many times throughout my life that I wished for a “do-over,” especially after I made some really bad choices, or said something really stupid to someone. As I look back over my life it seems like those awkward and embarrassing times came when I was younger more often than now, but they still happen. It would be nice to have some magical thing that would project me back to just before I said or did the thing I regret, and be able to get it just right. The reality is that the magical thing only happens in the movies, not in real life.
The fact is that everyone of us, regardless of our age, have things that we know were not right, and many times there were things that we said or did that also hurt those we love. However, even if we have regrets for the things we said or did, given the chance to do them over, we would still do the same thing. The reason is because it is our sin nature within us that causes us to produce the actions that we often regret. Just because we could relive certain moments in our lives, that same sin nature would be in control, and the results would be the same.
The answer that the world gives for making better choices and decisions is any number of things. Education is high on the list. The “experts” will often tell us that by being more educated, better choices in life will be made. However, the sin nature that each one of us is born with is still present within us regardless if we are an elementary school student or a professional person with a Ph.D.
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"
Wait a minute. This is supposed to be a devotional about new beginnings. This is really depressing so far. Yep! You are right! So, here’s the part about a new beginning.
"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
As you begin this new year, don’t start it with just a “resolution” that will be forgotten in a few weeks, but start it with a new beginning in Jesus. Only you can make that choice, but when you do, you have the power of the living God behind you to guide you and protect you.