It’s never too late


We are only a few weeks into this New Year, a year full of possibilities, fresh hope and the chance to do things better than the year before.

This new year is a chance to be adventurous, to make a big change, to take a chance on something new and exciting. It’s never too late to make a change!

Last week we explored this idea that the new year is the chance for a brand new start and how we approach this year like it is a blank sheet of paper. It’s a wonderful idea isn’t it, but it isn’t really true.

The old problems don’t disappear on the 1st of January; the bills are still there, the boss is still a pain and the kids still aren’t listening.

The New Year is a chance for a fresh start, we make our resolutions but they start to fail when the reality of the past catches up with us. Then we start to fall back into some faulty thinking. We tell ourselves things like:
“I’m too old to change” or “I’ve traveled too far down this road to turn back”.

Then we take this notion into our spiritual lives. We say: “God I’ve struggled with this for so long, I cant be free of it.” or “Don’t you remember what that person said to me, I cant forgive them.” or even “I haven’t prayer for years, God won’t listen to me if I start now.”

But God says something different to us. God has a different message for your minds and souls. God’s love is everlasting; you are never too old or two far gone to start over.
It’s never too late with God.

In Psalm 139 we have this wonderful view of how God sees us. I encourage you to read it for your self but I will summarize it like this:

God knows everything about you and loves you dearly. He created you and knows your fears and failures, but he never gives up on you. God can not stop thinking about you and wants to have a relationship with you. He wants to lead you and guide you into the best life, life with him.

Sometimes we lie to ourselves and say I’m too old to change. I’ve traveled too far down this road. I’ve already stuffed up; God won’t want me. But this psalm lets us know differently.

God knows your heart, he knows your journey, he knows your weakness and failing but he loves you all the same. It’s never too late to come back to him. It’s never too late to make a change for Jesus.

No matter how far down the road you have traveled you always have the opportunity to stop, to turn around and go the right way.

There is a biblical term for this, repentance.

It’s never too late to make a change. We say this to our kids. Haven’t studied/practiced, it’s never too late to make a change.

With God its not the new year that starts fresh. Every single day is fresh and new.

Spend time this week engaging God in repentance and I promise you it will change the way you see yourself and it will change the way you see the world around you!

Try praying a prayer like this at the start of each new day:

God I know it’s never too late to change with you. Lord I’m struggling with _____, I keep struggling with it but I want to make a change with you. Lord Jesus I repent of _____, give me a new way of thinking that will allow me to overcome. Holy Spirit, lead me, guide me along the path of everlasting life.


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