Devotional for Wednesday May 27th

Good Morning Everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Change can be good for you”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:18-20 (ESV)
 
Our thought for today: “Hit the reset button”
 
In March of 2009 new Secretary of State Hilary Clinton started her tenure with a rather embarrassing moment. In her first official meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrof she presented him with a large red “reset” button. The idea was that the two countries could press the “reset” button and enter into a kinder, gentler, friendlier relationship. Unfortunately, the Russian word which the Obama administration thought meant “reset”, (which they had printed on the button), was actually the word for “overload” (which turned out to be a more accurate description of our relationship with the Russians anyway). It was a silly mistake that was part of a naïve initiative which never resulted in the desired change in Russian behavior. However, the concept was sound and it’s one that can be useful to us as individuals.
 
The idea that we can press the reset button in life and get a fresh start is both appealing and true. Each day is filled with opportunities to make choices that can change our lives for the better. In Matthew 4:18-20 we find Jesus offering such a reset to Peter and his brother Andrew. Up till then they had been simple fishermen, but Jesus was offering them a dramatic change in direction. From that point forward they could be on-mission with Him to change the world. They embraced the opportunity, reset the course of their lives, and nothing was ever the same for them again.
 
Everyday you have the opportunity to press the reset button in life and start fresh. Sometimes doing so could result in a major course correction, such as for Peter and Andrew. Most of the time it will probably pertain to smaller things, like a simple change in habits. You can stay stuck in your old routines, or you can unstick yourself by making better choices. You can remain on your current path in life, or you can let Jesus alter your course. As I explained in yesterday’s devotional, God’s not done with you yet. He is always in the process of molding and shaping you into the person He wants you to be. Usually that involves slow but steady refining and fine-tuning which occurs a little each day, but at other times it requires a complete reset and a new direction.
 
The good news is that if you are unhappy or dissatisfied with any aspect of your life, big or small, you can always hit the reset button and start out fresh. There are things that can be done to make almost any situation better in some way. Every day is a new opportunity to hit the reset button.
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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