You know how they say "forgive, but don't forget"? Thank God He doesn't think like we do.
The most important new beginning any of us will ever have is the beginning of our new lives with God.
When we succeed, we pat ourselves on the back. We give ourselves a hand. We think we did it. But compare our effort with what God did.
No matter who you are or where you come from or how insignificant you might think you are, God will never forget you.
As we stand at our fence, greedily arguing with ourselves and with God, we're ignoring everything God has already given us inside His boundaries.
We can bargain, scheme, and beg for a blessing from God, but what if He just chooses not to?
We decided that where we are is good enough. But what are we missing out on?
If we do this one thing, then we'll have lists of victories as long as Joshua 12, and even longer.
We can't be perfect. We will never stop making mistakes. But that's not what sin is. Sin has never been a mistake. Sin is a choice.
Look at us. Doubting. Unsure. Lukewarm. Embarrassed. What if it didn't have to be this way?