Today’s Scripture: For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgression from us. Psalm 103:11, 12

“Hey mom, can you just let me out here?””But honey, it’s still three blocks away from school.”

“Yep, It’s perfect. I need a little fresh air anyways.”

“But, it’s pouring down buckets.”

That’s what the goggles and scuba gear are for…love you…bye!”

It may not have gone down exactly like that when I was a kid, but it was pretty close. My biggest fear was that my mother would come to school with me. So, no matter what the weather was outside I wanted to be dropped off as far away as possible. There was no one I knew who was better at embarrassing people than she was! I knew that if she showed up I would never be able to show my face at school again. Now, don’t get me wrong, I loved my mother very much. But you know how it goes. There would be no coming back from a visit from my mother! I would need to move two towns away in order to get a fresh start.

Perhaps there are things about your past that make you want to turn and run the other way. You may be too afraid to serve because if you open yourself up to others, they would know the sins you have struggled with in your past. It could be that you are so embarrassed that you do not even want to go to church anymore because of things you have said or done. You wish your past would just drop you off three blocks away and stay there.

Coming from a difficult past is never easy, but it can be used to make a difference in the lives of others who are struggling. Rather than being ashamed, use what God has accomplished in your life to aid others in overcoming their weaknesses. There is nothing too big to come back from. Don’t let anything stand in the way of your ability to impact others because there is no sin that God cannot forgive. Whenever you feel as though there is, remember Peter, Paul, Rahab, and the list goes on and on. Whether you are a new believer or one who has drifted away from the Lord, shake the dust of the world off your feet and ask the Lord to use you. He has the power to give you exactly what you need…a fresh start.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder