Thursday, May 17, 2012

Second Chances

If you were given a second time to do something differently, what would it be?  Would you take back words you wish you didn't say?  Or say something you failed to say?  Just because you don't get a second chance to make a good first impression, it doesn't mean you should resign yourself to living with a bad memory.

Forgiveness is what second chances are all about.  Jesus teaches us to let others have a second chance.  He doesn't stop there.  He once said, "seven times seventy."  That's a lot of second chances.  If the only time you give someone a chance card is when you're playing Monopoly, maybe it's time to consider how giving others a break can help you.  Here are a few ideas to consider:

  1. You will sleep better at night.
  2. You will be healthier.
  3. You will have more friends.
  4. You will have less enemies.
  5. When you meet Jesus at the end of your life on earth, the conversation will go well.
Do you want a second chance?  Make a phone call today and ask for one.  Write a letter or an email.  And be generous when someone in your life asks you for a second chance.  Please share a time when you either asked for a second chance or you gave someone else a second chance.  Please leave out the names to protect the privacy of others.

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