There is a basic truth, a fundamental principle, that lies behind my writing and everything I do: God wants you and me to be the best we can be! No matter who we are, what we have done, or what we believe, God loves us so much He is committed to this one, great objective: that you and I might become the best we can be!
It is here we discover the reason God invites us into a personal relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ. A new standard of values, a new sense of right and wrong, and a new source of strength have made this the turning point in the life of every believer.
And, it is here, too, we discover the reason behind the limitations God places on our freedom. God wants only what is best for us and knows, because of the way He made us, that we are prone to push our freedoms to extremes. He made us with powerful drives, character traits necessary to our survival, and invites us into a partnership of intelligent cooperation that we might not self-destruct.
As I reflect on my checkered career, and those decisions that changed the course of my life––some made in a matter of minutes––I have often wondered how different my journey might have been had I been able to foresee the future. If only is a question many of us have asked of ourselves, but it does little good to recriminate. The past is behind us; we can’t change what has been.
There have been times I excelled and made my family proud; then there have been those times that prompt me to blush in shame. But I can’t undo the past, and if I could, I’m not sure I would change a thing. The low points, and the high points, have all contributed to who and what I am today. But God has been there through it all, carefully monitoring my progress, helping me learn from the experience, making me into the man I could have become in no other way.
The Apostle Paul once wrote, “God demonstrated His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” With no strings attached, without any assurance you and I would even care, God gave His very best that you and I might become our very best! The kicker here, however, is that it all begins when, and only when, we welcome Jesus Christ as the Lord of our lives. There is no other way.