“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
I loved to read the “You Choose” books as a child. This series allowed the reader to determine their own outcome within the story. I read them over and over, trying out all the different paths. I would return and change my trajectory if I happened upon a storyline I didn’t like.
Life is a “You Choose” book. We make choices every day: Do this, or do that? These decisions lead us down different paths. Scripture shows us there are two different roads we can take, but only one leads to a full and abundant life.
A very real and dangerous threat exists in this world. 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 important we are to God’s Kingdom!
Good news! Jesus lives alongside us, filling us with the Holy Spirit, if we choose. He came to give us 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. We may be able to justify our decisions, 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 an unintended path. 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 an abundant 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.
This is an updated version of a post originally published in 2017. Please share this post if you were encouraged!