“I say to myself, ‘The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.'” (Lamentations 3:24)
When you haven’t accomplished what you’d hoped for, regret can become a major pastime. The computer programmer wishes he’d become an accountant, the accountant wishes he’d become a doctor, etc. Maybe you planned to leave a legacy, but to date all you’ve left is a trail of unfilled aspirations. It’s not too late; you can begin again! You just have to be prepared to pursue your dream and pay the price. “To win the contest you must deny yourselves many things that would keep you from doing your best” (1 Corinthians 9:25). Don’t listen to the critics and complainers who’ve settled for less. Your goal shouldn’t just be to live long, but to make a difference in your world and glorify God.
Charles Lindbergh said, “I feel I lived on a higher plain than the sceptics on the ground … Who valued life more highly, the aviators who spent it on the art they loved, or these misers who doled it out like pennies through their antlike days? … If I could fly for ten years before I was killed in a crash, it would be a worthwhile trade for an ordinary lifetime.” Look at Moses. Look at Paul. They both began again. Look at Winston Churchill: instead of retiring after World War II, he went on to win the Nobel Prize in literature. When Heinrich Schliemann retired from business to look for Homer’s legendary city of Troy — he found it. Here’s a Scripture you can stand on: “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. The Lord is my portion … therefore I hope in Him!” (Lamentations 3:22-24). That means you can begin again.
Heavenly Father, thank You for being the God who gives me new beginnings and new starts to achieve what You have prepared for me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.