“If only I could live my life over again!” is something we have all felt. Colossal mistakes, missed opportunities, and ignorant outbursts may have left us humbled and ashamed. But it pleases me to tell you that in God’s Kingdom, our failures do not determine our destiny.
Destiny is a journey, and it often takes the pressures of life to disclose the person God knows we can be. There are roadblocks, detours, and storms along the way, but we keep on going. We may stumble, lose our way on occasion, and we will surely discover that character never comes easy. But, with the Apostle Paul, “Forgetting those things that are behind, and reaching forth unto those things that are before, [we] press on toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” That high calling is our destiny.
Seen from a Christian perspective, success is not determined by what others have accomplished. Success is fulfilling the role God has planned for us. Jerry Falwell and I went to college at the same time and in the same city, within just a few miles of each other. What he accomplished compared to my own track record speaks for itself. Our destinies differed dramatically, but I accept that.
Each of us is unique, a one-of-a-kind prototype, a special creation in the mind of God. There are no duplicates in God’s Kingdom. God does not clone. What He wishes to do with you and me will differ from what He has done with anyone else. But if God is involved, be assured; it will be spectacular.
God knows what we can be, and it is imperative that we never second-guess the process. “The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives” (Psa. 37:25, NLT). In God’s Kingdom, no experience is wasted. “All things,” we are told, “work together for good to those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose” (Rom. 8:28). Those “all things” include the good, the bad, and the ugly, but if God is involved, we will come out winners every time.
Like Grandma Moses, who did not start painting until she was seventy-six (when she could no longer crochet), I am determined to make the final years of my journey the best days of my life. My destiny has been in the hands of God for eighty years, and I don’t believe He is through with me yet! Health issues may demand a course correction, but until they do, I am in this for the long haul.
But whatever my future, I remain encouraged. God never originates a process He does not complete. What He started when He brought me into His Kingdom He proposes to complete, and that in a manner that credits His genius. With my background, it will be clear God can do the impossible for anyone with an open and willing heart.
Whatever your history, I invite you to join me in an all-out effort to make the years we still have left count for something special. Now is not the time to accept what has been as the final verdict. Your disappointments and your failures do not determine your destiny. This can be the dawning of a new day, the first move toward becoming the person God created you to be. He awaits your invitation.
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