You Can Begin Again
When you haven’t accomplished what you’d hoped for, regret can become a major pastime. The office worker wishes he’d become an accountant, the accountant wishes he’d become a doctor. Maybe you planned to make a difference for others, but so far all you’ve left is a trail of unfilled dreams. It’s not too late; you can begin again! You just have to be prepared to pursue your dream and pay the price.
‘To win the contest you must deny yourselves many things that would keep you from doing your best.’ (1 Corinthians 9:25 TLB) Don’t listen to the critics and complainers who’ve settled for less. Your goal should be to make a difference in the world and glorify God.
Charles Lindbergh, the first pilot to make a solo flight across the Atlantic ocean, said, ‘Who valued life more highly, the aviators who spent it on the art they loved, or these misers who doled it out like pennies through their antlike days?… If I could fly for ten years before I was killed in a crash, it would be a worthwhile trade for an ordinary lifetime.’
Look at Moses. Look at Paul. They both began again. Look at Winston Churchill: instead of retiring after World War II, he won the Nobel Prize for literature. Heinrich Schliemann retired from business to look for Homer’s legendary city of Troy—and found it. Here’s a Scripture you can stand on: ‘The Lord’s kindness never fails! If He had not been merciful, we would have been destroyed... The Lord can always be trusted to show mercy each morning. Deep in my heart I say, “The Lord is all I need; I can depend on Him!”’ (Lamentations 3:22–24 CEV) That means you can begin again.