KidsView  | The Adventist Review for kids and those who always will be kids at heart | June 2013

A Second Chance

By Jean Boonstra

Have you ever had a really terrible day? The kind of day where at the end of it, you feel cranky and tired, and not peaceful at all? The worst kind of day is when you know you can’t blame the bad day on anyone but yourself—when you know that a lie you told led to the bad day, or that a choice you made turned a good day into a really terrible one.

pouting, grumpy girlOn really bad days—and especially the ones that I caused—I always wish that I could start the day over. That I could rewind the day all the way back to when my alarm clock woke me up. I’d start again, and do things the right way. It would be a second chance.

Rewinding the day isn’t possible, or at least not quite. God does give us a second chance—a chance to clear the slate and to start the next day brand new. He does that by forgiving our sins and by inviting us to come back to Him all over again.

This is one of my favorite verses in the whole Bible:

“I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.” (Isaiah 44:22)

Can you picture God’s heavenly hand gently brushing a cloud out of the sky, and making it disappear? That is what He’ll do with our sins if we ask Him. He will brush them away. He will make them disappear just like the warm sun makes a foggy morning disappear.

It hurts God when we sin. He doesn’t like to see us, or any of His children, suffer from the effects of sin. God doesn’t take sin lightly; it is very serious. But His love for us is very serious too. When we are sorry, and confess those sins, God cannot wait to whisk them away. Then He opens His arms, inviting us to return to Him.

We get a second chance—a chance to choose not to tell a lie, and to follow God’s plan for us.

No matter how you’re feeling right now, remember you always have a second chance. Ask God to forgive your sins and make the rest of today a wonderful new day—a new day with Jesus!



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