In the hands of the Potter
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation: the old is gone, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5;17
Isn't that exciting? I think it is. If you are like me and have made mistakes in any area and looking for a do-over, well, putting your life in Jesus' hands is the best start for change. We are re-created. New. Old junk is gone and we are forgiven!
For me, it was shedding off the old, negative, awful attitudes that hurt so many people in my life. Guilt, shame, self-condemnation I held inside thinking it was over for me. I lost my confidence. I lost most everything. But I tried to hide it. I tried to put on the face of strength. That doesn't work because it comes back to you. Once I truly surrendered, the work began.
It wasn't an easy road. It took me a long time to develop the bad stuff, so I had to realize it would take a long time to become a new person. I'll be honest, I didn't know what was going on at the time. I had no idea all the problems I had. Nor did I know what I had caused. All I knew was that my life, as I controlled it was falling apart and I had no idea how to make it better. It all seemed hopeless.
But, Jesus saw me and had mercy on me. I got my second chance. I am a new creation. It shows in almost every area of me. Me. After the changes in me, other parts of my life began to change. I carry myself better, I'm confident in ways I've never been before. My interests have changed and what God has given me is far greater than anything I could have imagined. That old person, I was, is nowhere to be found.
It can happen for anyone. You may feel like you only want to change a few things, or maybe you don't think you need to, at all. But what if you were given an opportunity to become better. Different. What if you were given a second chance, wouldn't that be great? You can't go backward. You can't change the past, but you can do something right now and make your tomorrows better. The decisions you make today will affect your future. Do you want things to stay the same? If you are unhappy, disgusted with your life and not looking forward to the future, looking at it from today, why not trust Jesus to make those changes in you? Let him adjust your position, give you new insight, direction, learn to trust his will for our life. I mean, who knows you better than He, the maker of you? He's the Potter and you are that lump of clay on the wheel waiting for you to say, "yes." He wants to create something wonderful out of your life, a new life.
Isn't all that bitterness and frustration of doing it alone weighing you down? Stop comparing your life to someone who isn't in your shoes. You are not less than anyone else. You are not an accident. You matter. You are here for reason. So you made some big mistakes. We all do. We can't go on living with regrets and expect things to get better. Surrender. That is what needs to happen. We need to surrender to the one who knows and will give us new life. That's how it works.
Put your self in his hands and let him change you. If you are completely satisfied with your life right now and have it all figured out, cool. God Bless you. But for the rest of us who want change for the better and desire a second chance, we say, "YES!"