“What we have to remember is that we can still do anything. We can change our minds and start over. The notion that it’s too late to do anything is comical. It’s hilarious. We can’t, we must not lose this sense of possibility. For in the end it’s all we have.” — Marina Keegan
“You are never too old, never too bad, never too late, and never too sick to start from scratch once again.” — Bikram Chodury
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” — 2 Corinthians 5:17
We tend to have a negative view of starting over. Why couldn’t I just get it right the first time? What went wrong and why didn’t it go how I intended it to? We’re easily frustrated and it’s harder to pick ourselves up again after we did just that same thing a short time ago. And even though words of encouragement are easy to find, the louder voice tends to be harsh and discouraging.
Today I want to focus on the awe in the refresh button. The beauty in how life is all about refreshing and restarting and renewing. I want to stop pretending that I’ll figure it out the first or second time. I want to accept and enjoy the constant process of trying again and seeking the new. How amazing it is that we can mess up time and time again and still hold on to an eternal hope that we can improve. We can see it is never too late. We can fully let go of our ignorance and mistakes, as our Creator has, and embrace the newness that is right here for us.
We can take advantage of this refreshing grace in the big and small ways. In any situation, when we hear that voice in our heads that says we shoulda known better and we can’t possibly start over again, we can hush it and listen to our God.
Let’s look up today—not back or forward but what is here, right now, for us to rework.