Today’s Scripture: Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. 19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:18-19

During the warmer months of the year, my wife, Karen, and I like to walk together in the great outdoors. When the weather begins to turn cold, we look for some other way to stay active together. One year, I came up with the great idea of playing racquetball.

In racquetball, you must be ready at all times for that ball coming at you. It is small, moves fast, and you can quite easily find yourself rearing back, taking a mighty swing – and missing the ball entirely.

Like many things in life, swinging and missing can leave you feeling discouraged, or even like you’ve failed. It’s easy to put your hands on your knees, hang your head, and give up. However, in racquetball, there is always the possibility of a second chance. If that ball hits the wall behind you, you still have a chance to swing and hit it – provided that you don’t give up.

The same can be true in life. Second chances are always a possibility if you don’t quit. Today marks the start of a new year. Maybe you feel like in 2017 you swung with everything you had – and missed completely. You might feel like your career is in a dead end, or maybe you’re worried that your marriage is crumbling.

Our passage today reminds us that God can take what seems to be a dead end and make something new out of it.  Take heart – God is the God of second chances.

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.