Rip It Up & Start Again!

Happy Wednesday!

Do you ever assess your life and think, “My life has not turned out as I originally hoped, this is nothing like what I envisioned… there are so many circumstances spinning out of control, so many severely damaged places in my heart (from hard living and shattered dreams), too many big things I long to change about my personal world… I wish I could change direction, do something different… I wish I could start again!”

Here’s a happy thought for you today: Life is never too late for a new beginning! God specializes in second chances. Every once in a while, maybe once every decade or two, you can (and should)… start again!

I believe that’s exactly what God was trying to say through His great prophet Jeremiah…

The Lord gave another message to Jeremiah. He said, “Go down to the potter’s shop, and I will speak to you there.” So I did as he told me and found the potter working at his wheel. But the jar he was making did not turn out as he had hoped, so he crushed it into a lump of clay again and started over.

Then the Lord gave me this message: “O Israel, can I not do to you as this potter has done to his clay? As the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand.

Jeremiah 18:1-6 NLT

Really, this blog idea first came to me while reading yesterdays facebook status from my daughter Heaven Balsamo:

I’m starting a new chapter in my life! (:

Then, I fumbled into Jeremiah 18 and couldn’t deny the obvious parallel… a right now message from God to this blog tribe.

“O Israel (and Chuck, John, Lori, Kelly, Eslye, Nuala, Elaine, Levi, Mel, Emily, Jacob, Kristin, Vicki, Sandi, etc.) can I not do with you as this potter has done to his clay? As the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand.”

For all the areas of your lives not turning out as the potter had hoped… will you trust Him crush you into a lump of clay and start over?

In his best selling book, Good To Great, Jim Collins preaches, “Good is the enemy of great!” I agree with Jim and have found in my own life, how tenaciously I oftentimes fight for good when God is going for GREAT!

Take this blog to prayer. Be honest with yourself and with the God. Maybe this year is supposed to be the year of crushing something (or everything) in your life into a new lump of undeveloped clay. Or, you could put up a fight… and hold on to yesterday… and carry on as a tiny fragment of what should have been.

Be courageous! Don’t be afraid of change…

“When anything begins to hinder more than it helps, it is time to abolish it.” -anonymous

Winston Churchill once said, “There is nothing wrong with change, if it is the right direction.”

Rosanne Cash (Daughter of the late Johnny Cash) said, “The key to change… is letting go of fear!”

Here’s a great video about change: Jesus Culture, Holding Nothing Back.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJsc2louPes

Just like everyone other day, I just finished passionately praying for you all. Make this a most triumphant day. With much love…

Dream Big, Live Bold, and Make the Difference!

Chuck

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4 thoughts on “Rip It Up & Start Again!

  1. Very true Levi! I thought about you when I was writing… and how God is doing this very thing right now for you and Kari! It's so exciting and inspirational to watch! Love you man.

  2. Wow! It is crazy that this is today's blog for sooo many reasons. There has been a lot going on in my life and in the life of my whole family and this is exactly where we are. There are many things in our lives that we have been seeing changing. It is not easy to start over. Change is hard but usually good! I thank God that He is helping me crush the good to become GREAT! Thank you Pastor as this spoke to me more than I can put into words today! 🙂 I pray everyone has a GREAT day!

  3. I think that I have already been smashed back to a lump of clay and the potter(GOD) is starting to shape me different than the last time. I’m kindof nervous cause it is uncharted waters,but at the same time I can’t wait to see how he molds me to do his purpose. what an adventure. Great blog today. Have a great day everyone.

  4. Ahhh, it feels so good to live in the potters hands. God really does have a plan for us… and life is so much better when we are fully yielded to that plan.