Second Chance by Rodolfo I. Dumapias

 

blue star…We too were foolish…But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us…because of His mercy. Titus 3:3-5 (NIV)

 

Weary and hungry past midnight, I wanted to reach Bucharest quickly to bring home Yuletide gifts.  On Piteste Highway, I outraced every car, ignoring traffic rules despite the snow flurries.  After all, I was a foreign diplomat driving a Mercedes in Romania.

A car sped from behind until we were neck-to-neck.  Worse, it was a locally-made Dacha.  I had to win.  Suddenly, a deer from the nearby woods ran to cross my path.  I quickly pressed the brakes, but still hit the animal.  My hood damaged, I stopped,   angry for losing the race.

Resuming my journey, I discovered the Dacha hit a truck, was totally damaged, and its passenger lying on the pavement, covered with newspaper, bloodied, dead.  Shocked, I felt compassion,    regret, and guilt.  Killing a deer was bad enough, but worse—I may have led a person to a tragic end.

Convicting me for my arrogance, God emphasized that Love—not pride—is the reason for living, the foundation of His sovereignty, judgment, and mercy.  He gave me a second chance to    accept Jesus Christ and change my ways.  At Christmas dawn,    my old self died.  My new life began.

Prayer

Lord, give gift of Love to the proud, high-and-mighty sitting on power, fortune, fame, and Godless teachings, so they may have this season a second chance. Amen

 

 

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