This Sunday we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ!

Easter Sunday is a time to acknowledge new beginnings; a time for personal renewal of life and faith.

A man named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews, came to visit Jesus. He asked how a person could enter the Kingdom of God. Jesus told Nicodemus that the only way to enter the Kingdom was to be born again. Nicodemus didn’t understand, and asked Jesus how a person could be born again, after having already been born. Jesus tells him that a person must be born of the Spirit (John 3:1-6).

The miracle of Jesus’ resurrection proves that He has power over death, in other words, death does not have the final say. Being born of the Spirit, or born again, refers to a person being made new again.

How many times have you wished you could have a do-over? In golf, we call that a mulligan (I play golf more like Gilligan). A mulligan shot is a do-over of the last shot, and hopefully it will be a better shot. I can think of a few times in my life that I wish I had made a better shot.

If the resurrection tells us nothing else, it should tell us that we always have another chance to make a better shot. As long as we are above-ground and breathing, we have another opportunity to live into the potential that God has given us all.

We are marvelously made, and endowed with the seeds of greatness (Read: The Seeds of Greatness by Og Mandino). So often, we miss the opportunity to live into the image of God (spiritual beauty/perfection) due to the circumstances around us, and the choices we make.

The great news is that we don’t have to give-up on our goals and dreams! Every day can be a fresh start; a new beginning; a chance to be born again.

Consider the inspiration we can see in Jesus. He was hated, chased, ridiculed, beaten, and killed, but never gave-up on His mission. Life can get messy, and we all have baggage to deal with.

Jesus blows-up the idea that we have no choice but to submit to the negative things that happen to us. Our circumstances do not have to dictate our future; we have the power to decide our future. Our eternal future must be rooted in Christ, but our immediate future is in our hands.

With God’s help, we can change the course of our life and fulfil the marvelous gift of possibilities. Never, never, never give up! Set your goals, keep God as your focus, and live into the greatness that God gave you at birth.

Know Jesus Christ as Lord and King of your life, and there is nothing that can stop you. Onward and upward!

Fr. David+

Rev. Dr. David Bridges is the pastor at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Grove. He can be reached at frdavid@standrewsgrove.org.