We all have those days, the days we feel like we've completely blown it. You slept in way longer than you should have, you ate the WHOLE bag of chips, your to-do checklist is practically check-less. Yeah, we've all had those days.
On a more serious note, what about the days when we REALLY mess up? I am talking about those days when the consequences of our actions are a little more weightier than an added pound to your waistline. What about the times you feel like you've deeply disappointed someone you love, like your spouse or your best friend?
But what about when we feel like we have disappointed God? What do we do then? It is in those times we wonder, "Will we get a second chance this time?" We are tempted to just give up and throw in the towel.
But, I've got encouraging news for you. God only gives us a second chance once.
"What?" You may say, "That's not encouraging!"
Lamentations 3:22-23 says, "It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness."
If you are over 2 days old, you passed up your second chance a long time ago. Every day you wake up you have a new "second" chance. At my age right now, I am on my 7400th chance (give for take a few days)! Isn't that amazing?
Unless you are a new and improved edition of human species, you tend to mess up a lot.God knows that, and He is ready to forgive and give you a new start every day! That does not give you license to mess up, but it does give you the ability to get up and move forward. He has the strength and courage you need to help you do what's right.
So, tomorrow morning when you get up, remember Lamentations 3:22-23, and be encouraged, because if He woke you up this morning, you have a another chance, and His mercy to go along with it.
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
thy own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!
-Thomas O. Chisholm