Press the Restart Button

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Thursday, December 13, 2018

I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. (Ezekiel 11:19)

I know of someone who spent over seven years in prison for a crime he did not commit. He was eventually let out of jail with just an apology. Upon his release from prison, he struggled to find himself and to get going in life. He eventually settled down and went back to school. He got a job as a counselor for juvenile offenders, and now he is working on his Ph.D.

When he was in prison, I visited him on numerous occasions. After he got out of jail, I stayed in touch and often reminded him that it is never too let to press the restart button. It took him many years and many struggles to get his life back on track.

Even star athletes and entertainment celebrities struggle to press the restart button when their career is over. Perhaps that is why so many people are delaying their retirement. They don’t know how to push the restart button and go into a different season of life.

In today’s text, Ezekiel is prophesying the return of the children’s of Israel from exile. The prophecy highlights God’s plan to give the Israelites a new start. In spite of their disobedience, God wanted to remain faithful to his promise and bring them back to their own country so they can have a new start.

Those who feel unfulfilled in their current circumstance and do not think they are making a difference in life should pray to get fresh insight from the Lord so they can press the restart button for an improved outlook on life. People who are recovering from addiction should know they can push the restart button. Those that have failed in business, in marriage, in school, in their career, and in their relationship with God can press the restart button.

For as long as we are breathing we should never count ourselves out. Because God’s mercies are renewed every morning, we can always press the restart button to change our circumstance. The only people who can change our condition are God and self. But God needs our help to improve us. He wants us to press that restart button so he can marshal his heavenly resources to help us become renewed and transformed.

Some people would rather stay stuck in a rut than press the restart button because they are afraid of the unknown. In so doing, they delay future successes because of past fears. Many people stay in abusive relationships because they are afraid to press the restart button. They know they deserve better than verbal or sexual or emotional or physical abuse, but they lack the mental fortitude to press the restart button so they can be free and happy.

When I was in seminary, I had a classmate who used to be the CEO of a major corporation. He gave up that lucrative career because he felt called by God to go into pastoral ministry. When asked if he had any regret for his life-changing decision he replied that the sense of fulfillment he had as a seminary student, was more worthwhile than the high income he used to earn.

At some point in life, this individual decided to press the restart button and go into a different vocation. Do you need to press the restart button so you can live more meaningfully? Have you experienced a recent setback or failure in life and you are trying to figure out the best way to move forward? Pray for God to give you the strength to press the restart button. Then ask the Almighty to order your path-as he said that he would- so you can enter into a more prosperous and fruitful season of life.

Prayer- Blessed Lord, send your Holy Spirit to help those that are stuck and do not know how to move forward. Let them know they can press the restart button, and give them the strength to look forward with hope and faith.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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