Missed Opportunites

We often hear it said that it is never too late to start over.  Well, not to be a negative Nancy, but apart from looking nice on a motivational poster or as something “inspiring” to post on a Facebook status, this saying doesn’t always have the most practical meaning for my life.  I’m only 21 years old and sometimes (and I know I’m not alone in this) I just get the feeling that I’ve missed it.  I’ve missed that one golden opportunity I was born for to really do something with my life.  I’ve missed the chance to be who I was born to be.

There are a number of reasons we can point to for why we “missed out” on who we think we were supposed to be.  We were too busy daydreaming in class.  We were too insecure to actually speak up and be apart of that project we could have worked on.  Or maybe we made poor choice after poor choice and were so far off of the path we needed to be on by the time our golden opportunity came around that we stood no real chance of grabbing it.

I thought it appropriate to post about this today because today is Holy Thursday—3 days before Easter.  Today begins the commemoration of the greatest story of victory over tragedy in human history.  In fact my inspiration for writing this post came from one of my favorite lines from the liturgy of my favorite mass of the year, the Easter Vigil:

O Happy Fault
O Necessary Sin of Adam,
Which gained for us so great a Redeemer!

As a basic part of our human nature, it is not at all common to refer to faults as “happy.”  Mistakes shouldn’t be “happy,” and we often wish they weren’t at all “necessary” either.  But when it comes to the plan for our lives, God knows what He is doing.  It’s not that we shouldn’t try always to do the right thing, or that we should look at our mistakes as no big deal.  To understand it that way would be to miss the point.

The point is that when we do make mistakes, we aren’t supposed to collapse to the ground in despair and tell ourselves we will never amount to anything.  We are to look to Adam, whose mistake was so great that he brought sin upon all of humanity.  Look what God was able to do through that sin in giving us His Son, Jesus.  Now imagine what God can do with the mistakes and “missed opportunities” in your life.

…Whoever said we only get one golden opportunity anyway?