November Gratitude Stone 27 Mulligans
Anne Shirley Â â€œIsn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?â€
â€• L.M. Montgomery
Micah 7:18 Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.
Ps. 86:15Â But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God,Â slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
I am grateful for do-overs. Â God’s mercies are “new” every morning, not because God benefits by it, but because we do! Â His love is constant but we have a fresh chance every day to grow in obedience to Him. Therefore, I choose to put my full trust in Him. He has never let me down! IÂ may have messed things up royally today. But tomorrow, Heâ€™ll be right there for me, longing to forgive me, help me, calm me, strengthen me, encourage meÂ and pour out His steadfast love and mercy upon me.
A mulligan is a golf term that means a second chance or a do-over. It is a shot not counted against the score. I do not golf and I do not believe God gives second chances! Â Why not?! Â Because He is not saying that I can do anything to prove myself, nor can I ever succeed at any other chance to try my best. Â My best will NEVER be good enough, no matter how many chances I am offered. Instead, God gives me a spiritual mulligan, which is infinitely better than a second, third or fourth chance. It is called GRACE. Â Apart from God’s grace and overwhelming love, I can only fail. All the “do-overs” in the world will not change a thing! Instead, Jesus golfed a perfect game and as given me his scorecard.
There are countless people in history and the Bible who have gotten a chance for a fresh start: A spiritual mulligan based entirely on unmerited favor and unconditional love. Â Jonah, who had more than one. David, who became a man after God’s own heart. Moses who became a friend of God. Saul, who persecuted Jews, changed his name and wrote most of the New Testament. Â And then there is Peter! Jesus said to him at the Passover meal, “But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” (Luke 22:32). Peter,Â after denying Jesus 3 times, was calledÂ back into the game in John 21 by Jesus!
So I lay down my Ebenezer of Grace with gratitude and relief!
Thank you Lord, for your righteousness and your mercies which are new every morning!