I used to love playing with an Etch-a-Sketch (actually I still do). I turn the knobs to create a design, but if it isn’t quite what I want I just turn it over, give a shake and voila _ a fresh start _ a clean slate.
Wouldn’t it be nice if it worked that way in life? Well guess what… In Lamentations 3 we find the promise of a “clean slate” … “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning…” (Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV)
Doug Marlette, a political cartoonist, once said, “I love to look at a blank sheet of paper. It embraces me with its endless potential.” That’s what God gives us every day: a fresh start with endless potential. A big part of facing today is putting yesterday or last week or last month or last year where it belongs… behind us. In Philippians 3 Paul wrote… “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:3-14) Now that doesn’t mean that we don’t learn from our mistakes _ it just means that we won’t allow a mistake to paralyze us.
So if you dropped the ball or went to sleep at the wheel or missed the boat or have claimed any other failure-prone metaphor in 2104 remember this as you look toward 2015… God is faithful to your needs for today, tomorrow and for-ever. I am confidant of that because as the Apostle Peter put it… God’s divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness. (2 Peter 1:3)