Monday, December 31, 2012

What's on Your Magna Doodle?

It's the last day of 2012 - wow, this year just seemed to fly by! 
Now, we look to 2013 . . . and what do we see?

For Christmas, I bought my granddaughter, Allie, a Magna Doodle . . . a board that you draw on with a stick, and then slide a bar across and it erases everything. She loves to draw, but unfortunately she tends to draw on things and in places where one should not draw - the wall, the carpet, my couch, etc... So I thought this would be a great toy for her; she can draw her picture and then, just simply erase it with one flick of her little wrist.

This morning as I was sitting here thinking about the end of this year and the beginning of a new one, I was reminded of that little Magna Doodle. Each day as we go about our lives doing our best to serve God, put Him first, walk uprightly, the enemy is making a list of every failure, big or small:

words spoken that should have been left unspoken
deeds done that should have been left undone
missed opportunities
failed expectations

he makes this list to remind us of every time we 
"fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). . . 

but for Grace!

Grace swipes the bar across the board and each one of them is erased, 
to be remembered no more. 

"As far as the east is from the west, 
so far has He removed our transgressions from us."
Psalm 103:12

As we come to the end of 2012 and begin anew in 2013,
I have one question for you:

What is on your Magna Doodle?  

If it is filled with a list of all your shortcomings, 
failures and disappointments,
give all those things over to Jesus. 
Ask Him to swipe the bar across the board 
and erase the old list; 
allow Him to create a new one filled with

New dreams
New hopes
New mercy

We serve a God of second chances
a God of new beginnings.

Let Him begin something new in your life today.

Happy New Year!


1 comment:

Cindy said...

Lena, I loved this analogy!!! Great post. It's something I will be thinking about for a long time.