Monday, Nov 25, 2019

Do You Need a Second Chance? by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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On my morning walk this morning, I saw a tree that caught my eye. What struck me about this tree is that the lower part of its trunk was crooked while the upper part was straight.

Instantly, the Lord spoke to my heart: “If you follow My ways, no matter how crooked your past, I will make your future straight. I will give you a second chance.”

Overwhelmed by the Lord’s mercy, I thought of my own life. Before I met Jesus, I was following a crooked path, a path that would eventually lead to death and destruction. But when I met our precious Lord, He redirected my life and put me on a straight path. He gave me a second chance.      

Perhaps you, too, need a second chance today. Perhaps you’ve    been following a crooked path–whether through ignorance, rebellion, or a combination of both. Whatever the case, God is  ready to take you by the hand and put you on the straight path.

What is the straight path?

The straight path is the path that leads to life. It is the path of righteousness. It is the narrow path that alone brings joy and peace.

Some people are blessed with starting out on the straight path and remaining on it. Because of the Word of God engrafted early on in their young hearts, such people never enter the crooked path but remain faithfully on the straight path. They never experience crookedness but grow straight–like the straight young sapling I also encountered on my morning walk. This tree is growing in the right direction, following the path intended by its Maker from the beginning.

Most of us started out on a crooked path. Life has bent us and twisted us and distorted us. But God can give us a new direction. He can redirect our path toward Truth and Light and Life. We have only to repent and surrender to Him. 

The tree on my morning walk had started out crooked but now it was growing straight. Straight upward toward the One Who’d created it in the first place. My “second-chance tree” was finally pointed in the right direction–not toward the world around it but toward the heavens above it. 

What about you? Do you need a second chance today? Do you need God to straighten you out? Do you need to leave behind the twisted pain of your life and embrace the beauty of being straight?

If so, God is ready to meet you. And in His hand, He is holding your second chance. Won’t you accept it now? Just pray this simple prayer with me:

Lord God, I am in desperate need of a second chance. I have messed up my life. I am bent and crooked and broken. Please straighten me out. Please give me a second chance. I repent of my former ways. In the Name of Jesus, I repent of having followed the crooked path. I receive You as my Savior and Lord. I now choose to turn with You onto the straight path. I choose to follow You on the straight and narrow path for the rest of my days. Help me, Lord. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

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Until next time, remember that God loves you just as you are, and just where you are, and that He will help you to keep on winning with the Word!


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Now, it’s YOUR turn: What about you? Are you on the crooked path or the straight path? If on the crooked, are you willing to change paths? I hope so! Please share your comments in the Comments Box below. Thank you!

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