* Originally posted June 26, 2008
Remember when you were a kid playing one of those recess games, and someone would yell, “DO OVER!” And, usually he got his do-over? Life’s not always so simple. There have been many circumstances in my twenty-three thirty-three years I wish I could do over.
Like the time I told my parents I was going to see Driving Miss Daisy with friends, and I cruised up and down Taylor Street instead. My mom asked me which theater the movie was playing in….smart little booger….. “the left theater, center theater or right theater?”
“The, the, the left!” I answered.
How could I not know it was the center? After all, the movie was filmed in my hometown. Why wouldn’t it take center stage? I wish I could do that one over. It would have saved me two weeks of grounding.
I’d also like a do-over on the time I colored my hair orange, my last speeding ticket, and probably the chips and queso I ate yesterday. Oh, who am I kidding? I’d so eat the chips and queso again today.
Point is, we all have something in life we’d like to get a do-over on. For most of us, they are not things as trivial as mentioned above. We’d like a do-over on a friendship, a marriage, a job – you know what I’m talkin’ about. And, while we can’t get do-over’s on those things, we do get a do-over every day with God.
Many people think we serve a God who stands over us with a giant rock, ready to crush it on our little heads. A God whose wrath is fierce. A God who positions Himself to punish His children at a moment’s notice.
That’s not Him.
At the second we ask Him to create a clean heart in us, He does. He is a God who loves. A God who forgives. We don’t have to earn it. We don’t have to work for it. The price has already been paid. He freely gives, we freely receive.
I get a do-over every morning. I’m glad I do. I need it.
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23