I don’t watch many reality television shows. For the few I might watch, I tend to get bored after an episode or two. But, so far, this season of America’s Got Talent has been different.
Every week, I’ve shed a few tears. Not from laughter, but because of the second chances.
It’s the humbleness of the performers, some who don’t even realize how talented they are, but who never stopped trying.
It’s the men and women who didn’t let age, illness, or adversity stand in their way.
It’s the ones who got back up and tried again, regardless of what came their way in life.
It’s those acts, and the human stories behind them, that choke me up. And inspire me.
Every week I’m reminded that God gives us second chances and new opportunities every day.
Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:21-23 NIV
Regardless of what talents we may or may not have, how we have succeeded or failed in the past, or what dreams we may have given up on…it’s not too late.
God does not give up on His children. In fact, what we see as a dead end may be a redirect to move us into the plans God has for us.
When the road we travel doesn’t look the way we planned or hoped for, we get disappointed, frustrated, and maybe even a little scared. But, when the road looks the way God planned, it’s a better road than we could have created.
This is what the Lord says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:10-11 NIV
No matter how long it takes, we don’t have to stop trying when we reach a certain age, or when illness has taken time from us. When we keep looking for new opportunities, they will present themselves.
I guess the question is…will we be ready, or have we already given up?
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