Mulligans

I like to think of the New Year as giving me a second (and third, fourth, fifth, etc, etc.) chance at renewal. There’s something psychological about the fresh start the New Year brings. Dieting, exercising, being a better person, doing something different with your life, whatever. The New Year gives us another chance at changing. But then it hits me that God gives us a second chance every day. In fact, every second of every day. And God doesn’t count how many mulligans (sorry; that’s golf for “do-over”) He gives us in life. They are infinite.

I love the fact that Christmas is a week before New Year’s Day. It reminds me that God gave His only Son for us to give us all those mulligans in life. Jesus wiped out all our sins—past, present, and future. They are all forgiven if we just acknowledge them and ask for that forgiveness Jesus was born into our lives on Christmas morning. So, the new year may be psychological but it’s not important because, in a way, every day is New Year with Jesus in our lives.

We all screw up. Some  more than others (I’m in that camp!). I love what St. Paul says, “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” (Romans 7:15). Bingo!!! That’s me. I know what I should do but I don’t do it. That’s why I need a lot of mulligans. It’s pretty amazing that the guy (Paul) who almost singlehandedly spread Christianity to the world knew that he screwed up. Guess I’m in good company.

Thank you Jesus for those mulligans!

Wishing you the very best of the New Year ahead. Blessings, joy, health, and prosperity!!!

Transform Yourself By Not Conforming

I think one of the best Bible verses to live by is Romans 12:2 which says:

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God — what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Take a few minutes to read this verse over several times and really understand what Continue reading

Be Strong in the Lord and in His Mighty Power

In title, this is a message from Paul to the people of Ephesus but it was more likely meant for a broader group of Gentiles.

A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Ephesians 6:10

I think it is a message for all of us—you and me—and generations to come. I have found that one of the Secrets to Life is BELIEVE. Paul’s thoughts of “Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power” are the essence of BELIEVE. You can do anything, be anything if you just BELIEVE. If you are strong in the Lord, and HIs beyond mighty power, what can’t you do? As I say over and over again, the only thing holding you back is doubt and the only one holding you back is you.

Tap into the all-mighty power of God. Be strong in Him today!