**I’ve had this post sitting in the Draft folder for quite some time. A special thanks goes out to my new friend Katie from A Thousand Little Choices, who spent the morning listening to my messiness over coffee, sharing grace with me, and encouraging me to be bold!**
There’s an episode of the show New Girl where Nick’s dad shows up, a man who is notorious for lying and scheming. He asks Jess “Do you believe in second chances?” I loved her response: “Those are my favorite kind of chances!”
I was reminded of that scene when I read this in Shauna Niequst’s book Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way: “Grace isn’t about having a second chance; grace is having so many chances that you could use them through all eternity and never come up empty.”
I may not be as cute or quirky as Jess, but I suppose I share her optimism and her affinity for seeing the best in others. I get really frustrated when people shut someone out after they make a mistake, and lately I feel like I have heard the phrase “they’ll never change” far too many times. Saying someone will never change is like saying you don’t believe God is capable of change. Granted, we need to realize that we are broken and NEED to change before God will be able to work in our heart. But I don’t think we should ever give up; God never does.
People make mistakes. But our lives are built on the lessons we’ve learned from the mistakes of our pasts. We are broken people who need grace, and we need to give grace to others. So instead of giving up, let’s give them a second chance. Or a third chance. Or a 70 x 7th chance. Let’s not concentrate on the mistake itself, but on the lessons we can learn and the speed with which we are able to pick ourselves back up.
Let’s make second chances our favorite kind of chances.
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