A FRESH START TO A NEW YEAR

The Lord's loving kindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; Great is Thy faithfulness.  "The Lord is my portion," says my soul, "therefore I have hope in Him." Lamentations 3:22-24

Have I ever told you how bad of a golfer I am?  Well, it is true.  I am inconsistent off the tee box, can’t chip to save my life, and putt like Herman Munster.  That mixture of problems typically results in bad scores.  Sometimes I just give myself an “F” for “fun” on the scorecard. 

I remember one day I was playing golf with a friend.  It was a typical day for me on the course, a few good shots and a lot of bad shots.  After we made the turn for the final nine holes, however, something happened.  I started to play better!  It was like a scene from Invasion of the Body Snatchers.  I am sure my friend was wondering, “Who are you and what have you done with my friend Jeff Schreve!”  I was on fire!

We got to the last hole.  If I shot par on that hole, I would have finished the back nine with a 40, my best score ever for nine holes.  Unfortunately, as I stepped to the tee box, the body snatcher left me.  The old Jeff was back, and it wasn’t pretty.  I hit tree after tree on my way to a quadruple boogie.  UGH! 

You know what I needed on Hole 18?  I needed a “do over!”  I needed my friend to say, “Jeff, that was a bad hole for you.  Let’s not count it.  Let’s play it again!  You need a fresh start to this hole.”

GOD’S FRESH START FOR YOU

A New Year is God’s way of saying to you, “Here is a fresh start!  My love is new for you to embrace.  My compassion is fresh for you to experience.  My faithfulness is great and will never fail you.”  How cool is that!? 

Do you need a fresh start?  Was 2012 a tough year?  I know it was for many people.  Did things happen that really messed you up?  Did you make some bad decisions that really cost you?  Did you get a quadruple boogie on the last hole, so to speak? \

Don’t despair!  Don’t throw in the towel and quit!  God still loves you, and He still has a wonderful plan for you!  You can have a “do over” with the Lord.         

Listen, my friend, the past is history.  You cannot change it, but you can surely learn from it and move forward.  Accept the Lord’s love, compassion and faithfulness.  Those things from God are not just for other people, THEY ARE FOR YOU TOO! 

2013 will be a great year IF, IF, IF you will live life with your eyes on Jesus, walking by faith and not by your feelings.  What God says IS TRUE!  Take Him at His Word!  Tee up again, and replay Hole 18.  He wants you to.  And this time, the results are going to be so much better!

Happy New Year!

Love,

Pastor Jeff Schreve,
From His Heart Ministries


Dr. Jeff Schreve believes that no matter how badly you may have messed up in life, God still loves you and has a wonderful plan just for you. From His Heart provides real truth, love and hope on over 700 radio stations each day, in 182 countries each week on TV, and is always available online.  Pastor Jeff takes no income from this ministry. All donations go to furthering the broadcast outreach. As a listener/viewer supported ministry, we thank you for joining with us to help speak the truth in love to a lost and hurting world. Go to www.fromhisheart.org for more information.

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