A Fresh Start
The fact is, everyone experiences failure in life. Life is never an unbroken series of victories. We all have made many mistakes in our lives as Christians. We have experienced many setbacks and failures throughout our lives. Sometimes we allow these mistakes, these setbacks and failures to enslave us to the point that we never enjoy the full Christian life that God has given us to enjoy.
In Isaiah 43:18 “The Lord says, ‘Forget about what has happened before. Do not think about the past. Instead, look at the new things I’m going to do. ”
Listen to what God is saying in this verse. Forget about what’s happened before. He says don’t think about the past. It’s over. Start a new chapter in your life.
Kevin goes to see Father Bob. "Father," he says, "my life is in ruins. My wife has left me and she's taken our children and our dog with her. She has also taken all my money and my car and as a result my business is in ruins. Please help me Father, I don't know what to do."
After a few minutes thinking about the problem, the priest replies, "Okay Kevin, here is what you should do. Go home and open up your Bible to any page. Point randomly anywhere on that page and whatever it says, you must do. Do you understand?"
"Yes Father," replies the Kevin, "I'll try."
So he goes home, takes his Bible from his bookcase, sits down with it, opens it to a random page, points and reads.
Six months later, Kevin goes to see Fr. Bob again. "Father," he says, "since I saw you last, I've become a new man. I've remarried and become very successful in my business. I've even got a new dog and called him Bob after you. So I want to thank you Father for the advice you gave me. It changed my life."
"If you don't mind me asking," says Fr. Bob, "I've got a bad memory. What did I suggest you do that helped you so much?"
"Well Father, you told me six months ago to open my Bible to any page, point, and to do what it says."
"So what did it say?" asks Fr. Bob.
"Chapter 11," replies Kevin.
Your last chapter may have been long and sad. But don't try to finish there, go on and start a new chapter. You may have closed last chapter with tears but this new chapter opens with praise. God is turning the page! He says, “Forget about your past. Forget about the former things. Don’t think about it. Look at the new thing I’m going to do.”
“This one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14