Here is your Thought for Thursday
Have you ever had a second chance at something? If you did, what did you do with it? You may have heard the expression – “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” While that is true, you may be given a second chance to leave a lasting impression.
Few of us will ever face a second chance opportunity like the one my mother-in-law faced (at least I hope you don’t). In 2005 she literally stared death in the face, but through the miracle of prayer she fought back and left the hospital to rehab and finally home. She was given a remarkable second chance at living. While you may never face a second-chance situation like this –
We all face an opportunity of a second chance at real living. Paul wrote in Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me.
He had been given a second chance at real living; to live a full, fulfilling life – one of love and faith. Both of these instances beg the same question – Now that you have a second chance: How will you live out this second chance life? Whether you are given a second chance physically or spiritually there comes with it a responsibility to live it fully and to live it in a way that will make a Christ like impression on those around you. If you are given a second chance there is a call from God that you need to remember – God said in Isaiah 43:19 – “Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it?
So if you have been given a second chance at eternal life – and then God left you here… well He wants to live that new something in your life. If He has given you a second chance at anything – a relationship, a job, a spouse, a friend, maybe even life itself… How will you live it out? Will it make your living any different? Will you see it for what it is?Let me clarify one last thing – it really isn’t “what will you do with it?” – the real question is – “How will you live it?” That is real life, that is real living…By the way… my mother-in-law was a different person after her near death accident. She was sweeter, nicer. She didnt get uptight. She became a much better mother-in-law.
Sadly she passed away a couple of years later… but not before she lived out her second chance.