Second Chances

DSCN0727Another opportunity after failing; opportunity to get it right the second time

We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance. Harrison Ford

Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending. Carl Bond

Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.    Oprah Winfrey

We should be very grateful for every second chance. As much as we love to get them for ourselves we should also equally be willing to give them to others. Opportunities to start all over again, to learn from our mistakes, to get it right the second time or even the third time; everyone needs second chances.

As long as people are trying to do get it right, they should be given ample opportunities whenever possible. Sometimes we just do not quite get it right. Often we do not realize the importance of something until we have lost it, squandered it, or taken it for granted. Often it takes us falling on our faces, having bad things happen or losing something important to have the appreciation we should have. Life sometimes humbles us and brings us to our knees and forces us to get a better perspective.

Most of us have had our second chances. It is likely we have gotten something right after getting to start over. We should be very appreciative for fresh starts.  Second chances are a form of forgiveness. They often happen because someone cares enough to give us another chance. We should always remember second chances we have been given. After getting it right the second time we should be very grateful. We need second chances because we take things way too much for granted, are too selfish, self-centered or do not invest the time and effort that was required. Regrettably, too often, we have to lose something to appreciate what it was that we lost. Ebenezer Scrooge is a classic example of someone who was able to take full advantage of his second chance.

Second chances sometimes opportunities are forced upon us. They may be in the form of needing to find new relationships and other changes. We lose a part of our life that has to be replaced even though we did not want such a change to take place.  Sometime we reach rock bottom and are forced to start over again. We get presented brand new opportunities to do better. If we did not learn from our previous experiences, we may be doomed to suffer the same results. We should always learn from our failures as well as our successes. Our failures are often our most profound and most effective learning experiences. Take advantage of life’s second chances. Be grateful for them.

Challenge:  Life is full of challenges that will include both failures and successes. Each should be a learning experience. Sometimes, you will fail initially before you can learn to get it right. The important thing is that you do not quit. Get back up and do it again. You have not failed unless you quit or give up. Some of your greatest successes are waiting for you. Learn to appreciate your second chances. Definitely learn to give them to others.

WisdomIf you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you. What we call failure is not the falling down but the staying down. Mary Pickford

Spiritual: (NIV)

Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.  Philippians 1:6

For if you forgive men when they sin against you, you heavenly Father will also forgive you.  Matthew 6:14

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline.  2 Timothy 1:7

God wants us to get it right. He gives us unlimited opportunities. He never gives up on us. He wants us to get our lives straightened out and going in the right direction. He loves us so much He willingly died on the cross to give us the ultimate second chance; to be forgiven of our sins and to share in the heavenly eternal live with Him. He is always waiting for us to reach out. He will help us if we will but ask Him. We should ask Him for his help.

Prayer:  Thank you for loving me, for forgiving me, and most importantly of all for dying for me.

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