A defiled conscience. The loss of personal purity. A lost opportunity. A broken friendship. Unmet expectations. Wasted potential. Shattered dreams. These are some of the painful aftereffects of sin, and we have either experienced them firsthand or seen the devastation they have caused in the lives of others.

Unfortunately, life does not give us a “rewind” button which allows us to undo the actions which caused us so much grief and pain. Often we cannot even make the situation right by reversing the decisions we have made. Our only recourse is to keep moving forward. Over the next several days, we will examine how to get a fresh S.T.A.R.T.

The “S” in “S.T.A.R.T” is for “Stop.” That is, we must stop making excuses for our failures and blaming others for the negative outcome. We must learn to accept responsibility for our actions and their consequences. At the end of the day, we must realize the proverbial “buck” stops with us. It’s not our parents’ fault; it’s not our siblings’ fault; it’s not our friends’ fault; it’s not our circumstances’ fault. We cannot blame our ethnic background or our skin color, though the devil would have us try. He is happy when we point fingers at everyone but ourselves, because he knows in this state we are a far cry from recovery.

Here’s a reality check: we are all human beings fully accountable to God for our actions and reactions. That means the only one who can stop you from serving God is you. It doesn’t matter what you have done in the past. You are living in the present, and God has plans for your future. Take the first step in the right direction by accepting responsibility for the wrong you have done. Confess it to God, and don’t turn back. The road to recovery S.T.A.R.T.s here.

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Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.