Failure and success are often separated by nothing more than our perspective and a second chance.
When I was in high school, I had a job where my boss and I just didn’t get along. He would regularly say something that would upset me and I would say something back and he would get mad and we’d both start yelling. Before I knew it, I was in the middle of this full-blown, yelling, screaming fight. Later, I would look back and think, “That’s not who I want to be.”
When I was in college, I started dating a girl and everything seemed perfect. But, as things progressed, the relationship quickly became innapropriate, which messed me up spiritually and drove a wedge between my family and friends. Later, I looked back and thought, “That’s not who I wanted to be.”
Just the other day, I was driving down the road and saw a couple of trucks who’d just been involved in an accident. I thought, “Someone should help them out,” but I was in a hurry and didn’t have time, so I went around them and continued on. An hour or so later, after my schedule had slowed down, it hit me like a ton of bricks… “That’s not who I want to be.”
When I face a situation and I fail, I realize I AM JONAH. And in that moment, I have a very clear choice to make…
I can live in my failure and be defined by my failure…or I can let God shift my perspective and grab a hold of His second chance.
Jonah failed. It’s that simple. He had a mission and he chose to run. He had an opportunity that he tried to avoid and he messed it all up. But God, in the way that only He can, gave him a second chance…a chance to be redeemed.
The whale tossed him up on the shore, God’s word came again and Jonah marched off to fulfill his calling.
What second chance do you desperately need? Where does the whale need to toss you? And where do you need to go?
Today, make the choice to grab your second chance, shift your perspective and be who you were made to be. Yesterday doesn’t matter any more, but today does.