Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Second Chances

Have you been outdoors today? Renewal is all around us.

I think this happens in relationships too. Just because someone has let you down doesn't mean that God is finished with them. John Mark is a classic example of this. He starts out with Paul and Barnabas but then abruptly heads back home (Acts 13:13). Later Paul refuses to take Mark on another missionary journey. "No way! We ain't taking him!" (so the Greek haha). Seems that Paul and Mark had parted ways -- permanently! But just before Paul is martyred in Rome he says to Timothy, "Pick up Mark and bring him with you. He's useful to me for service!" (2 Tim. 4:11).

Is there a lesson here? Mark was given a second chance. God had developed him into a person he could use again -- and Paul could too!

Happy first day of Spring!