A New Beginning
But now that their father was dead, Joseph's brothers were frightened.
" Now Joseph will pay us back for all the evil we did to him," they said. So they sent him this message: "Before he died, your father instructed us to tell you to forgive us for the great evil we did to you. We servants of the God of your father beg you to forgive us." When Joseph read the message, he broke down and cried.
Then his brothers came and fell down before him and said, "We are your slaves."
But Joseph told them, "Don't be afraid of me. Am I God, to judge and punish you? as far as I am concerned, God turned into good what you meant for evil, for he brought me to this high position I have today so that I could save the lives of many people. No, don't be afraid. Indeed, I myself will take care of you and your families." And he spoke very kindly to them, reassuring them. Genesis 50: 15-21 (TLB)
When someone becomes a Christian he becomes a brand new person inside. He is not the same any more. A new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5:17 (TLB)
Alex Jordan lives in Texas, but he was born in Ryzan, Russia, in 1999. His parents were alcoholics who took him to bars when he was very young. A few days after his third birthday, his parents lost their rights to keep Alex, and he was placed in an orphanage. The orphanage was full - about 40 kids, including Alex's brother. He was too young at the time to understand what was happening, so Alex just went along. When he was four, an American couple adopted Alex and brought him to Fort Worth, Texas, where his new life began. He grew up with three American sisters mad his brother, Kole, who was also adopted from Russia. His parents put him in a good school where he received am amazing education, which eventually brought Alex to college where he plans to study business management.
When Alex was in that orphanage, he had no clue what his life was going to look like. But God knew. God sent loving parents to adopt him and raise him to be the best person he can be. Alex does not know what his future holds, but he knows it will be used to glorify God's kingdom.
Every day is an opportunity for a new beginning. Every day is an opportunity to place your life in God's hands. Make the most of your opportunities today.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for turning our night into day - redeeming us and giving us second chances. Help us to take advantage of every opportunity to get to know You and trust You, in Jesus' name, amen.