Day 6 - February 20, 2018

Lost Causes

Ezekiel 18:21

“But if a wicked person turns away from all the sins they have committed and keeps all my decrees and does what is just and right, that person will surely live; they will not die.” Ezekiel 18:21
According to an article in Psychology Today (It’s Never Too Late to Start Over; Make your shift happen 11/17/16), “as many as 1 out of every 3 Americans is unhappy most of the time. Unfortunately many people just live with their unhappiness. It’s often the easiest route of least resistance to blame others, or your life conditions, or the weather, or the politicians, or the tax code, or your public school teacher who didn’t encourage or engage you enough. The problems you may have or could have are probably endless. Your unhappiness is real.”
In the time leading up to Easter, I have been reflecting on all of the unhappiness I read about in the news. It seems that, like living with sin, people seem resigned to lives (or deaths) as ‘lost causes.’ Miserable, but seemingly powerless to change, we feel unworthy to move on to next-chapters of ‘healed, whole and happy.’ 
I’ve been pondering if the tough times for those making the news reports causes me to feel more fortunate about my life...or maybe just that I am sharing ‘in similar company.’ Are folk condemned to lifetimes of misery as a permanent punishment for really messing up things in their own lives or the lives of others? Do strike-outs permanently keep us from heaven? Easter answers these questions through the illustration of God’s sacrifice for us; the opportunity to be whole and forward-moving. May Lent get us ready to affirmatively respond to His call to a do-over!

God of big and small, fortify me when I feel like your lost cause. Give me the courage to claim worthiness in Your sacrifice. Grant me Your perspective and Your grace to make up and make right so I may fulfill your offer to be made whole and clean.
submitted by the Fredrikson Center Team

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