January 21, 2020

Saturday, our newest grandchild, Will, came into the world earlier than expected. Yesterday, Shannon and I made the trek to McKinney to see him for the first time.

As I sat there in the hospital rocking chair, holding this little miracle, it was obvious to everyone who walked into the room that Will was devastatingly handsome, a genius, and a true man among men. He reminded me of me.

Right now, Will’s whole life is in front of him. And while I have made choices that, at times, have pushed me away from God, Will has made none of those bad choices. He’s truly got a clean slate.

Wouldn’t you like to have a clean slate? It is possible. Ask God.

This is the prayer of King David. It says everything that needs to be said: “Clean the slate, God, so we can start the day fresh! Keep me from stupid sins, from thinking I can take over your work; Then I can start this day sun-washed, scrubbed clean of the grime of sin.” (Psalm 19:13 MSG)

While you may be like Will’s grandfather and have made some absolutely terrible choices in life, the good news is that by repenting and asking God for forgiveness, it’s a done deal. Your slate is clean.

So pray Psalm 19:13 and start the day with a clean slate. You’ll be glad you did.

Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, help me stay on your narrow path. Guide my thoughts, words, and actions. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Today you’ve got a clean slate. Make it count.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins