Tuesday, September 8, 2015 by Trayce Stewart

Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda

Second Chance Christian Church

The last few weeks I've been playing that wonderful game of "Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda" which is impossible to win. All the crossroads I have stood at since my ordination and I've ended up here in Columbus, Ohio as a new church pastor. But what could have happened if only I made the opposite choice and stayed in Indianapolis? Should I have waited to enter ministry? Would I have ended up in a different and better place by the age of 31? I'm sure I'm not the only person to ponder life's choices but it still does very little to console my worry and anxiety to know I'm not alone.

I've heard a lot of church folks say there is no such thing as a bad choice when God is on your side and a lot of my colleagues love to preach how our steps are already ordered by the Lord and God knows exactly where we will be and the choices we will make. I'm not here to argue God's knowledge or predetermination; but I do want to say that there are roads we shouldn't wander down and choices we should avoid. We would probably spare ourselves a lot of headaches, worry and tears if we did one of several things. 1. Pray. I know, I know. Sounds easy but God doesn't always answer quick enough when we're operating on other people's time and schedule. Maybe that's your answer then!  We should Just wait. 2. Seek counsel from others. We can all justify anything we want. We can make anything sound good if we really want it bad enough. But a good friend (or adopted big brothers and sisters) can be the voice of reason and keep us from walking off the side of a cliff or from making mistakes they've already made.

Truth is, no matter what, we will still make mistakes and still play "Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda". But in this season I vow to make Second Chance a place that prays with and for each other as we all stand at the intersection of regret and reality at different times in life. I'm also committed to us being a church where mentoring and authentic relationships drive us and push us to be the best we can.

If you're looking for that kind of community, a place that continually gives a second chance, I know where you can find it!

Peace,
Pastor T.

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