Guest post by Linda Young
In our SUV, we have a Global Positioning System (GPS.) This comes in handy during long trips away from home where roads are unfamiliar. We have a lady with a nice voice directing us as we go. Occasionally, my husband Ray will take a wrong turn and get off our designated route. When this happens, the first thing we hear is, “Recalculating.”
Our nice lady, without any attitude at all, will try to get us back in the shortest amount of time. “Recalculating” rings in our ear again. Once we are back on track, the directions continue without anything held against us. She completely forgave us and acted like it never happened!
If you have gone down a wrong road and feel lost with the Lord, let God help you recalculate your life. He won’t condemn you for where you missed it; He won’t remind you of your past mistakes. He just wants you back on track in the shortest amount of time. He is for you, not against you.
1 John 1:9 (NIV) says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
It’s easy to do. Just say, “Jesus, I am sorry for getting off track. Help me to recalculate my life and get me back to the place I was when I left the road you had me on. Strengthen me to follow your leading and not go off on a joy-ride that could lead to death. I truly love you, Lord.” And end with, “Thank you for completely forgiving me!”
He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west. (Psalm 103:12, NLT)
Linda Young is a passionate author and teacher who delights in seeing lives transformed with the message of God’s goodness and unconditional love through Linda Young Ministries (www.LindaYoungMinistries.com).
She is a conference speaker and women’s retreat leader known for her vibrant, yet down-to-earth-teaching style, packed with encouragement and from a place of genuine love for people. Linda is a graduate of Liberty Theological Seminary and is a member of the pastoral staff at Church 212° in Palm Desert, CA. She and her husband, Ray, make their home in Rancho Mirage, CA. They have six grown children and three grandchildren.