A Clean Start.

One of my favorite dramatic scenes in TV shows and movies would have to be when someone comes to a desk jam-packed with clutter–I mean just loaded up with paperwork and various unworkable projects–and slides their arm across the table, knocking everything to the floor.  The desk is empty, clean–no overdue work left on it to do, so that whoever owns the desk can focus on something totally new.

Do you realize that, if we believe in Jesus, this is exactly what He does for us every morning?  It’s true!  Jesus comes along and sweeps His arm across our desk every morning before the sun is up.  All the things we fell behind on, all the overdue bills, all the catastrophic projects we don’t know how to fix, the illegible to-do list, all the papers scratched up with red pen . . Jesus clears them off all.

What we’re left with is today–an empty desk, clean for new work.

And the freedom to start over.

Believers, see what projects God gives you today.  See what revisions He wants to make to your ideas.  And be sure to drop off any bills that come due today on His desk.  But realize as you are doing all this that you are not “behind” on getting into Heaven–Jesus has cleared away everything you have ever failed at, every poor choice you’ve made, and every debt you cannot possibly pay.  He’s cleared off every project you’ve fumbled, and every goal you’ve bungled.

Believers, take a good look at the empty, clean desk in front of you.  And then ask Him, “What do you have for me today, Boss?”

It’s a clean start.

But this I call to mind,
and therefore I have hope:

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”

The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul who seeks him.
It is good that one should wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord.

(Lamentations 3:21-26, NIV)


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