What’s over is over

One of the most important things I learned in seminary was from my preaching class when the professor told us that when a sermon was over it was over, and it was time to move on to preparing for the next one.  Sometimes preachers (at least this one) have sermons that are “stinkers” and probably not even a sweet aroma to God.  The professor told us not to dwell on a sermon whether we felt it was well delivered or not, whether we felt it was good or bad.

That’s good advice for sermons and for life, and especially pertinent as we leave 2011 behind for 2012.  Odds are that none of us had a perfect 2011.  There are probably some things each of us would change given the opportunity.  However, 2011 is over and there’s no changing the past.  2012 doesn’t quite offer us a “do-over”, but does offer opportunity.  Some of us may have consequences from 2011 lingering in 2012, but without a doubt God can make all things new – including you and me.  The most important thing as I see it is not to use the past as an excuse.  God gives us an opportunity to start fresh every day, even though we tend to think more about it at the beginning of a new year.  God will forgive us and give us a fresh start not only each new year, but each new day.  All we have to do is ask.  Any new year, any new day.

Go, sin no more!  Thy penance o’er,
A new and better life begin!
God maketh thee forever free
From the dominion of thy sin!
Go, sin no more!  He will restore
The peace that filled thy heart before,
And pardon thine iniquity!

~ Longfellow

 

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4 Responses to What’s over is over

  1. theWomanAtTheWell says:

    Can I reblog this on my site? Excellent post! Thank you for sharing your blessed wisdom with us here in this cyberworld. I enjoy learning from the teachings you write. May you have a continually blessed 2012.-watw

    • I’d be honored. Thanks for your encouraging words. God’s blessings to you, Scott

      • theWomanAtTheWell says:

        Thank you for your permission…I will do so shortly, and we are called to be encouragers so I feel since I can I should…and you make it easy as your words are a channel to our Father in heaven, lots of praise can be said of that. God Bless.-watw

  2. theWomanAtTheWell says:

    Reblogged this on The Woman At The Well and commented:
    Thank you Mr.Scott for this post. It is most helpful.

    Friends please take a moment and read this re-blog from Scott Knowlton’s Blog, the Longfellow quotation was perfectly placed. Also please be sure to click “like” on his site to support his efforts if reading this had blessed you as it has me.
    God bless.
    The woman at the well.

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