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Do Over

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.  Revelation 22:13 NIV

Photo courtesy of pixabay.Every New Year’s Day, I say Happy Do-Over Day.

I love do-overs. Opportunities to start fresh—perhaps get things right this go around. Making resolutions has never been successful for me. I start out great guns, but before three months have passed, I’m already sulking in my failure. That’s why I prefer to think of the New Year as a do-over. After all, isn’t that what God allows us to do with His amazing love and forgiveness? A second chance. Well, to be truthful, a second, third, fourth ...

God’s love is far more amazing than a new year. It’s the best of the best in do-overs. It warms my heart to know that at the beginning of everything—be it now, past, or in the future—God is the Alpha, the beginning. Even better, He is the Omega, the end. Tell me, how else you can you describe that type of love?

Oh wait—if God is the Alpha, the beginning of all things, then that means He stands at the beginning of my hardships and my bad choices as well. How can that be? Shouldn’t He prevent me from making those bad mistakes or from falling into difficulties?

God is the Alpha and Omega. And yes, He is at the beginning of everything, be it good or bad. But that’s just the thing. He gives us the freedom to choose, to make good choices over bad. Because time has no boundary on Him, He can step into the future and see how a choice will affect us. When it comes to illness or hardship, He’s at the beginning of that too, knowing His plan fully encompasses what is best for us—even if we don’t see the good in the difficulty.

God is always the Alpha and Omega in everything we do. The hard part is submitting to what God wants for us or asking for His forgiveness when we know we’ve made rash or questionable decisions.

It’s really not so bad having the Alpha and Omega on our side. God promises never to turn away from us … to always wait for us. He stands ready to love us unconditionally and to walk with us through a do-over.

Welcome in the New Year with a new attitude. Let God guide you. Let Him afford you a do-over. He will walk with you through every beginning and stand with you in every end.

Happy Do-Over Year.

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Cindy Sproles

Cindy K. Sproles is a best-selling, award-winning author. She is a speaker and a conference teacher who teaches nationwide. Cindy is the cofounder of Christian Devotions Ministries, www.christiandevotions.us, and www.inspireafire.com. She serves as a writing mentor with WRAMS (Writing Write Author Mentoring Service) and is the director of the Asheville Christian Writers Conference. Visit Cindy at www.cindysproles.com.