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Second Chances

Posted on February 6th, 2006

The day is early (for me), and so much has already happened.

When I walked out the door to go to the bus stop, I immediately noticed that my pockets were missing something very important: keys. As I noticed this, the door closed and, since it was an auto-locking door, I felt completely screwed for the day. I couldn’t call anyone, either, because my cell phone was downstairs beside my keys, too.

I was frustrated, but I did have my bus pass so I could just go to work and… dang! I needed my lab key! Ah zut! As I rounded around the house, however, I remembered that there was still another way back in: via the garage door opener! Victory is mine!

I made it to the bus stop with a good bit of buffer time, but it was awfully windy so I was hoping that the bus would show up really soon. 10 minutes pass… 20 minutes pass. No bus. A couple of people decide to turn back home, but I felt pretty sure that the bus would be on its way eventually… but nope.

As I was assessing the possibility of working from home, those same couple of people came back in a minivan and offered us a ride to school! I’m so thankful to live in a good neighbourhood with (apparently) good people… Victory is mine!

I realized that second chances are a constant reality for me and, most of the time, they go unnoticed/unappreciated. These two this morning were well-observed and documented on here, but the ones that God gives me day in and day out usually aren’t. And aren’t those the ones that really matter?

Every time I goof on God, He’s always there to give me that second, third, and umpteenth chance. If I wrote about all of those times, there’d be little else in this blog! Sometimes, I feel like I’m almost taking His love for granted. Brandon often says, however, that Christianity is “not about the past, but about what you’re doing now and what you’re going to do in the future.” Such is the truth behind Paul’s life, and Augustine’s life, and so many millions of other lives. So hope remains that I can really and fully make that commitment to God.

The next step begins now. Starting now, I am going to fast for at least one meal a week. During that time, I will do what I think God is compelling me to do — read the Bible (which I haven’t really been doing lately), pray (which I also haven’t been doing much), read a meaningful book, rest, spend time in silence… whatever.

Generally, this is not the type of thing that I’d write on here… but I think that I’ll need people, like you, to keep me accountable to this. So, please ask me about it from time to time. And if you’re up for doing something like this, too, let me know and I’ll be willing to help you.

I know that this is not the easy road, but it’s the right one. And I’m sticking to it.

One Response to “Second Chances”

  1. Sarah Says:

    a very meaningful entry justin. looking forward to hearing more thoughts like this.

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