It’s never too late.
This idea came to me at church this afternoon singing a worship song. One lyric talked about Jesus loving the thief on the cross, and with that one line, Jesus reminded me that it’s never too late.
It’s not too late to follow your dream. To walk in your gift. To make a better choice. To reach out in love. To fully forgive. To take that (dream) vacation. To reconcile with family. To adopt a child. To love a pet. To buy a house. To go for your dream job. To get involved in your community. To be you passionately and wholeheartedly. To let go of regrets and shame. To embrace God’s love. To repent and ask for forgiveness.
And the thief on the cross proves it.
Luke 23:39-43 says – 39 Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.” 40 But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” 43 And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”
The thief recognized Jesus for who He truly was, and he acknowledged it. The thief could have hung on that cross, dying as a result of his choices, and said nothing. He could have thought there was no hope and died as a lost man. He could have been completely ashamed of his choices as he hung next to Jesus and died in silence. But knowing he was in his final moments, he made the choice to see himself in the light of Jesus’ goodness, and he was humbled to the point of repentance.
And Jesus honored his honesty with assurance and eternal life. All his bad choices and wrong decisions were wiped out and written over in his final moments when he met and acknowledged Jesus.
And Jesus was present in the moment with him. Jesus replied that He would honor him “today”. Not tomorrow, not sometime in the near future. Today. Jesus acknowledged the thief’s repentance in the moment of “today”, and “assuredly” the thief’s reality became brighter and easier to bear, even in his torturous last hours.
And Jesus is saying the same thing to you. He’s reaching out to you and saying “Today, My child. Come to Me today. Reach out to Me today. Call upon Me today. Lean on Me today. Believe in Me today.”
Today is the day.
To let go.
What did the thief have to lose? Nothing.
What do you have to lose? You’ll miss out on the joy of being true to yourself. You’ll miss out on the opportunity to make a difference. You’ll miss out on walking in love. You’ll miss out on living fully and purposefully.
You aren’t too lost, too old, too busy, or too unknown or unseen to start today. So choose today to start, to be, to do, to believe.
Today is your day!
Marie Fremin, 5/10/15