April 15, 2019

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
– Romans 8:1
We all need second chances. Recently, my teenage daughter has been pointing out several cars that she believes would be good for her when she is old enough to drive. As we discuss her selection of vehicles, it has made me think about my many adventures as a young teenage driver.
I remember the first time I was pulled over by a police officer. I was only 16 and apparently, he was not as impressed with my driving skills as I was. When he approached my car, he asked me for my driver’s license and if I knew why he pulled me over. I quickly gave him my license and told him I was not sure why he was pulling me over.
The officer was very kind and did not hold my ignorance against me. Instead, he politely called my attention to a sign on the road I had just been traveling on. It seems I was going the wrong way on a one-way street. I had no idea! Thankfully he let me off with a warning and sent me on my way… the right way this time.
I was so thankful that the officer chose to share a kind word of correction with me. He gave me direction for my driving and sent me down the road. I believe that God acts with even greater kindness towards us in the adventures of life. Through kindness and mercy, God offers a new direction for us so that our journey may continue. During this season of Lent, I am choosing to give thanks for the many “second” chances I have received in life and the opportunities I have been given to experience the great adventure God has in store for me. I hope you will take time to reflect on the second chances you have been given and remember that we can trust in God’s good mercy through His Son, Christ Jesus.
Rev. Keith King, Online Campus Pastor