Have you ever wanted a do over in life? Have you made mistakes you want to erase? The characters from This Is Us can relate. Kevin wants a do- over in his relationship with Sophie as well as in his career. Jack wants to take back his last drunken binge and his push for Rebecca to tell him he is enough. Kate wants a do over in her quest to lose weight. Randall wants a do over with his dad.
It may seem like your past has already dictated your future, that whatever has happened has already closed the book on your life. Yet with God, there is always a chance for a do over. Here are some things you can do to make sure you get a chance to rewrite your past:
Repent- the best way to earn that do-over is to turn away from sinful choices and walk towards the right choices. Do you need to ask for forgiveness from God? Is there someone you have to apologize or make amends with someone but you are too stubborn to do so? Tomorrow is never promised. Take the opportunity to say what you need to say to your loved ones today.
Live in Community- how will you know what path to take towards repentance without mature people around you? So often we think we should live the Christian life alone. Yet from Genesis to Revelation, people are put two –by- two so they came to rely on each other. Who do you have to rely on to help walk with you in life?
Walk in the Light- 1 John 1:7 says, “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” God is all light, In Him there is no darkness. God knows all of our sin, but if we try to keep it hidden, we deceive ourselves. By confessing everything to the Lord and having an accountability partner we can walk in the light and change our future.
Your story is not over; there are still chapters unwritten. You may not be able to change the past, but you can change your future Do what you need to do to change your past and inevitably your future.