An author once stated, “I wish there were some wonderful place called ‘the Land of Beginning Again,’ where all of our past mistakes and heartaches, and all of our poor selfish grief, could be dropped like a shabby old coat at the door and never be put on again” (Louisa Tarkington, Putting Your Past Behind You, p.13).
There are hundreds of movies where the main character’s goal is to go back in time and correct some mistakes of the past. This idea of “a new beginning” has always been an appealing one. We realize that we have all messed up (Romans 3:23) and wish that we could have a fresh start. There are words we wish we could take back, actions we wish we hadn’t done, and decisions we wish we hadn’t made.
Unfortunately, this life does not work this way. But there is a place where this does work, heaven. Revelation 21:25-27 states, “In the daytime (for there will be no night there) its gates will never be closed; and they will bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it; and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” In other words, there is no sin here. All of our mistakes, sins, and poor decisions will be “left at the door” and will never be a part of us again.
There will be an opportunity for a new beginning, but to have this in the next life, we must be faithful in this life. Revelation 2:10 says, “…Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.” Not only will there be a new beginning in heaven, but this beginning will be in a place where we will never need a new beginning again. How sweet this will be. Let’s make sure we are living in a way to have our new beginning in heaven.