On Monday, we talked about arising—allowing God to jumpstart us so that we could continue on our faith journey and receive His blessings. Today, I want to encourage you to not be afraid to start over—to hit the reset button in your life and allow God to give you a fresh start. Many times people are afraid to start over because it gives the impression of failure. It signals that, for whatever reason, they just couldn’t cut it, that they didn’t have what it took to accomplish what they set out to accomplish. Society has trained us to believe we must always maintain a good status—that we must always look impressive and give the appearance that we have it all together. We deal with a lot of pressure to create an image of success. But the reality is that life, and the things we go through, are all part of a learning process. The story of the potter and the clay, found in Jeremiah 18, can help us to understand that we’re not failures when we mess up at what we attempt to do, and that it’s OK to start over. In verses 1-3, it says, “This is the message that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: ‘Jeremiah, go down to the potter’s house. I will give you my message there.’ So I went down to the potter’s house and saw him working with clay at the wheel. He was making a pot from clay. But there was something wrong with the pot. So the potter used that clay to make another pot. With his hands he shaped the pot the way he wanted it to be.” Notice the verse says, “…there was something wrong with the pot. So he used that clay to make another pot.” In other words, the potter started over. And the next time, “he shaped the pot the way he wanted it to be” and he was successful! You may not succeed the first time you try something. Many times we don’t. Maybe you’ve messed up in your finances. Perhaps a relationship has gone sour because of mistakes you made. What about your spiritual walk? Maybe you’ve slacked off in prayer or spending time studying the Word. No matter what, God is gracious and merciful. And He does give do overs. If you have fallen down in any way, confess it to Him and ask Him to help you to get back on track. He’ll give you a second chance, or as many chances as necessary because He wants you to finish your course in victory. So, don’t be afraid to start over. You’re only defeated if you quit.

Today is “Giving Friday,” a day when we consider sharing our blessings with others. If you’ve never given to help support The Faith Center and would like to, I’d like to offer you that opportunity now. Just go online to thefaithcenterint.org/give and click “GIVE.” You can also “text-to-give” by texting the word TFCGIVE to 73256, or by using our CASH APP. Thank you so much for being part of all God is doing here at The Faith Center.