A Matter of Faith: A second chance at life


By Jan Davis

PREVIEW Columnist

In the middle of COVID, God blessed me with our first great-grandson. Tears of joy ran down my cheeks as our grandson phoned with the good news. An image of perfection with an adorable smile, cutest dimple and big brown eyes, this little guy is destined for greatness and a future full of limitless possibilities.

Mankind enters into the world innocent, without fault or blame. Somewhere along this journey we call life we lose our innocence and discover the power of choice.

At some point in time, we wish for a way to turn back the pages and start over, but don’t know where to begin. We remain convinced life would be different if given a break.

God is a god of second chances and provides the opportunity for a fresh start through his son, Jesus.

Christ took our sins and nailed them to the cross. Our filthy rags replaced with white robes of righteousness. He exposed the issues of the heart and created within us a new one.

Sounds great, but what do all those religious platitudes mean in real terms?

At salvation, we become children of our heavenly father and he provides the love and commitment necessary for us to grow into a better version of his creation.

When we receive Jesus as Lord and Savior, he works from the inside out. He changes our outlook on life and initiates the transformation process. Change doesn’t happen overnight, but is a course of action developed by an intimate relationship with him.

We look back over the days, months and years spent with him and realize our spiritual maturity and growth. We acknowledge where we would be without Jesus.

He is not interested in our past, but our future. He loves unconditionally and accepts us today. All our mess ups and problems mean nothing to him. He considers only our potential.

I marvel at the gift of salvation as I look into the eyes of this newborn babe and reminisce with family over the shared happiness each time a child is born.

It gives me hope for my great-grandchild as he learns to embrace a life full of purpose orchestrated by God.

 “I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have preserved my life.” — Psalms 119:93.

I love you, but Jesus loves you more.

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