We only get one life. We might wish for more. D. H. Lawrence said, ‘If only one could have two lives. The first in which to make one’s mistakes… and the second in which to profit by them.’ But there are no dress rehearsals for life; we find ourselves on stage straightaway.
Even if we have made mistakes in the past, it is possible with God’s help to make something of the future. How can we make the most of the rest of our lives? Paul tells us in Romans 12:1–2 how we can do this:
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – which is your spiritual worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Jan Steven is the Pastoral Care Chaplain at Grace Mennonite Church. She is also the webservant.