“The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, til it overflows].” John 10:10 AMP
“A mulligan is a second chance to perform an action.” Wikipedia
As a child, I loved to read the “You Choose” books. This series allowed the reader to determine their own path as they went through the book. I read them over and over, trying out all the different ways. If I made decisions leading to a place in the book I didn’t like, I would go back and change my trajectory.
Life is like these books. Each day, we have choices to make. Do this, or do that? The choices we make will lead us down different paths in life. Scripture shows us there are two different roads we can take, and only one leads to a full and abundant life.
A very real and dangerous threat exists alongside us. The enemy is described as a thief whose purpose is to steal, kill and destroy. He is after us. This thief desires to steal our joy, kill our passion and destroy our relationship with Christ. Why? He knows how powerful we are with God dwelling in our hearts.
Good news! Jesus also lives alongside us, within us, if we allow. He came in order for us to have a full, abundant, rich, satisfying, real, and eternal life. He desires to fill us with joy, show us our God-given purpose and lead us to everlasting life in Heaven. Why? He loves us.
It’s so simple, right? Of course we want to follow the path to Jesus!
But, we live in a fallen world full of brokenness and sin. Society encourages us to look out for our own interests. The world fills us with ideas of what is “good.” Our choices, despite our best intent, may not always lead down the right path. It is easy to justify decisions we view as the right ones, but these don’t always align with God’s purpose for our life.
I spent a season of my life filling my calendar with “good” things: volunteering at church, joining PTO, acting as homeroom mom, volunteering in school, leading Bible study, and keeping my kids active. Unfortunately, the culmination of these “good” activities left me exhausted. I had no time for God, despite my best intent to serve Him.
We serve a merciful God who welcomes mulligans.
Just as in my childhood books, we may find ourselves down a path we never intended to travel. Each day is a new day, and we have the opportunity to correct our mistakes. We simply need to acknowledge, repent, and return. God will be waiting for us with open arms.
Do you believe God intends for you to have a rich, full, and abundant life? If you struggle to believe this, I understand. For so long, I didn’t feel good enough for Him. I believed I had to reach some predetermined level of faith before He would welcome me in His loving arms. I was wrong.
Hear this: You are worthy of a rich and satisfying life, not because of anything you have done but because of what Jesus did. God counted you worthy when He created you because His Son already paid the price for your mistakes.
To God be the glory,
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