Have you ever wanted to become something else? Or, have you ever wanted to just start over? To do it “right” for a change? In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Fresh, new, unspotted, clean, whole. He created animals to live in peace with each other, no predator, no prey. He created humans, designed to look like Him, with the capability of being holy, pure, innocent, strong, capable, full of joy, life, love. God, made us, in His image. That means that you, that I, have the same capability of walking in God’s presence the way Adam did, like Enoch, like Paul, like Jesus. When we were created, in our “beginning”, We were not created as failures. We were not made by mistake. We were planned for, designed and created with meticulous attention to detail. We were designed to be holy, pure, innocent, strong, capable, full of joy, full of life, and love. We were created for a relationship. Made by someone who so wanted to spend time in our presence that He eagerly waited for the perfect time for us. Who saw ahead into our lives and saw that we would need a way to escape what we would start becoming. Christians use the phrase “born again” to symbolize what Jesus spoke of with Nicodemus in the book of John. Jesus said we must be born again before we would even see the Kingdom of God. That we must be born of the water and Spirit before we can enter the Kingdom of God. To be born again is to have a new beginning. A new hope, new excitement, new passion, new plans, new desire, new love. To be born again is to lay aside the old, the dead, the broken and disabled dreams, habits, plans, coping mechanisms, sins. In Romans chapter 6 Paul talks about how through the gift of Christ’s death on the cross we can choose who we want to be. That the choices we make in our daily lives shows who we choose to serve. Whether it be God or sin. We have the chance, the choice to become new, then with each new day comes new choices, new chances to keep becoming new. Until the day we die we are “becoming”. Who/What do we want to become? Do we want to become like sin? All the pleasure now with a bad end? Or, do we want to become like Christ? A life filled with change, with growth, a life filled with love and purpose. A life, yes, even a life filled with battles, tests that will strengthen us, that will temper us. A life that will harden our desires making them more real, more solid, more achievable. I want a life filled with purpose. I want to achieve, to do. But even more I want a life that brings joy to my Lord. Lord, I want to become.