Fresh Start

I read a story this morning of an irate subscriber of a newspaper who stormed into a the office waving the current edition, asking to see “whoever wrote the obituary column”. When referred to a young reporter, he screamed, “You can see I’m very much alive, and you’ve put me in the obituary column! I demand a retraction!” The young reporter replied, “I never retract a story. But I tell you what I’ll do. I’ll put you in the birth column and give you a fresh start.”   A fresh start.  Doesn’t that sound nice?  I think all of us at times after a mistake, a bad first impression, or saying something we shouldn’t have, have wanted to make a fresh start. Southwest Airlines had an entire commercial line for a while where they would show someone doing something embarrassing and then flash up the tag line, “Wanna Get Away?”   A fresh start.  The opportunity to start over.  That’s what King David was asking for as he cried out to God in Psalm 51.  “Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin….Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.”   A fresh start.  If you could start some area of your life over, what would you do differently?  Does your attitude, your schedule, your relationship with a friend, or maybe even your relationship with God need a new start?   What would it look like for God to put “a new and right spirit” within you?    As the newness of the year fades and things begin to settle in again, let us remember that we are offered a fresh, new, exciting, never-before-lived-in day every time the sun comes up.   Every day we are offered new opportunity to make the most of that God given day.  So what happens when we allow these Psalm 51 words to become our own?   What are you doing with your ‘today’ because of what God is transforming in your life?     Grace and peace, Pastor Chris