We all know life can be hard. Difficult things occur that are not of our own choosing and can sometimes propel us along paths we would never choose. We cannot control everything that happens to us each day, we can only respond to the circumstances life places us at times. When bad things happen, we seek (and need) RENEWAL.
There is hope everywhere folks. Hope comes in the form of possibilities and renewal. Every Easter, we celebrate renewal and fresh starts, and it always is uplifting and feels good. You cannot prevent renewal from being an option. Does that makes sense? Regardless of what happened yesterday, you can always experience renewal today — if you will look for it. God is in the renewal business, and I know that with all my heart. He offers us so many chances every day to start over, to do better, to step up, to step out. He gives us grace in bountiful amounts with no limits. Every day.
My mother got a call this morning that a long time spiritual friend and mentor had passed away. Her name was Dorothy McDowell, and she was a spiritual GIANT. When any event in the life of our family required prayer, we always called Dorothy, who we just knew had a direct line to God and knew how to use it! Losing Dorothy to this world is a great loss, but it is also a joyous event that we absolutely know is being celebrated in Heaven — and it offers me hope for renewal. Last week I included a link to the song, "I can only Imagine". Dorothy is not imagining today, she is seeing it all for real. She has experienced a renewal and a fresh start that all Christians hope and yearn for. Heaven is actually a better place because she is there adding her voice to that choir. How awesome is that? I thank God that I knew you Dorothy.
We certainly do not have to leave this world to experience renewal. I know that Dorothy experienced it every time she bowed her head in conversation with God. There are so many opportunities to experience renewal, and we need only look for them. Look for it in your marriage. Look for it in your relationships. Look for it in your job or a favorite hobby. It is an incredible gift that is there for us everywhere, every day. It would be a shame to miss it.
Have a great week — and seize some chances for renewal!