Do-OverWell, it is a new year, it’s even a new decade. January 2010 offers a chance for us to start over.  God’s annual “do over”.  I don’t know about the rest of you but I could use a do over a little more frequently than once ever 365 days.  in fact truth be told I could use one at least daily. Many times I need a do over more frequently than that.

I am not the only one who feel that way.  You can go ahead and admit it, we are all in that club if we are honest with ourselves.  As i was pondering this whole idea of a new start I was reminded of the words of Jeremiah as he “lamented” life in his Book known as “Lamentations:”

Lamentations 3:22-24 (NIV)
22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”

I am a Lutheran Christian and sometimes we Lutherans are stereotyped as people who like to hang onto our guilt.  Not me! I am so very excited that God’s great faithfulness comes to me in the form of fresh Grace and Mercy each and every day.  I rejoice in a God who’s very words to us are:

Revelation 21:5 (ESV)
5 And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

I pray that you can live this year, this day, this hour as a fresh start basking in God’s free gift of “Unlimited Do Overs.”

Just remember the conditions of God’s “Unlimited Do Overs:”

1 John 1:8-10 (NIV)
8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.

May the Lord of the Church – Jesus the Christ make this a great 2010 for you and your family!

<>< Craig