I’m admitting it right here in print: I’m not too proud to ask for a “mulligan.”
A mulligan is not just an Irish stew, but a gracious second chance—a new shot at doing things right. It isn’t strictly legal or by-the-book, but now and then it makes all the difference in a game. And although a mulligan represents “cheap grace” to scratch golfers, there is a mulligan mentioned in the Bible that wasn’t cheap at all.
Jesus came into time and space from the only eternally alive family:
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14).
John, the messenger, says that he and his fellow Christ-followers saw the glory of God in Jesus. I believe God’s glory to be His brilliant, available ALIVENESS. Irenaeus, the early church father, said a fantastic thing: “The glory of God is a man fully alive.” Jesus became one of us so that we could become fully alive in Him.
The eternal Son of God didn’t become a human to shackle us with rules, rituals, and religion. He came to redeem us and invite us to experience God’s gift of wide-open life.
Take a swing at that!
Life Action: Think of a time when God gave you a mulligan. Why not thank Him again?