Obit. or Birth Notice?


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. A new and right spirit in us.   We’ve been talking all month about all that is made new in us because of our faith.  A new day.  A new us.  A new journey with God.  But as you look at how you’ve lived your life recently, does it look any different than a year ago?  Are your attitudes any different?   Are you taking on each day as if it’s fresh and new or as if it’s just a repeat of a week ago?  Would I see your name in the obituary column, with each day feeling as dead, and boring and as repeated as a previous one?  Or would you show up in the birth column, seizing this new, never before day with God already blessing you before your feet hit the floor?   How you life this day is up to you.   Just don’t miss the possibility it holds!



Grace and Peace,


Pastor Chris