Sunday, November 15, 2009

What Might Have Been

Last week I bought this plaque and I’ve been thinking of the message all week.
Then on Saturday we watched A Christmas Carol (the 3D movie with Jim Carey, not the classic one). It is, of course, the story of one man’s redemption because he believed it was not too late to change and to become what he could have been all of his life had he but chosen a different path and a different outlook.
I know that it is not too late to get a degree, change a profession, become a better spouse or parent, or so many other things. Of course, I do believe that we all can change and that real redemption is possible, but not just because of our transformations, but because of the grace of God and the atoning sacrifice of our Savior. But unlike the saying attributed to George Eliot above, I don’t believe that it is never too late. Now is not too late, but we never know if tomorrow we will be called to leave this life. So we shouldn’t wait to make the changes we know we should make. Now is the time to change so that we can free ourselves from the chains that our mistakes and sins have created. Let’s be brave and think of something we may have been postponing, thinking it is too late, to work on and change. If Ebenezer can change after so many years, we can make a change too.


  1. I totally agree with you, Valerie. It's a great point that while we shouldn't ever think it's too late to begin something, there will come a time when it will be.

  2. Here here - What a great message! I just recently had a good friend who is younger than me have an almost fatal aneurism - she is a lucky soul and a miracle that she survived. It was a total surprise and shock that this happened to her. You never know.
    I believe in living life to its fullest. People always ask me how I can do so much and where I get the energy but I have never been able to stand the thought of missing out on an experience or learning something new.
    We only get one shot on this earth!
    Anyone can change - you are never too old. I have seen it happen in many people's lives when they were older.
    P.s. I loved the new Christmas Carol movie!

  3. Well said!

    Life is a gift and I think one of the greatest things we have in this life is being able to change. To know when and be inspired on how to do it.

  4. I always think of this every time I attend a funeral. We generally go about your days thinking we have forever here, and we don't. But as long as we are here, we can grow and change. Thanks for the reminder.

  5. That's a great message to start off the week! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Great message.Time to set goals.---- We took the kids to see Christmas Carol the other day. Loved it.


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