There are days that seem really long and my patience is running really short. My attitude isn’t right and I just don’t feel like being in a good mood. Things quickly turn ugly and I find myself in far different situations than I had originally hoped to be in when I planned my day.
We all have those days, right?
That is when we need a do over. We need to be able to hit the restart button and just have a new beginning. I found myself in that place, that place of just really needing a do over, a couple of times this week.
I needed a do over with my husband. We had been planning a date night all week and I was so excited for the opportunity to get away and spend some time together. All was well as we were preparing to head out the door, until he said something that just rubbed me the wrong way. It wasn’t intended to be hurtful, and truth be told, I was being far too sensitive and getting upset over nothing. It didn’t feel like nothing at the time though, and I was mad.
My husband is pretty amazing at reminding me that we shouldn’t get upset over little things and apologizing and moving on. I’m not. I tend to stew. So I did what any mature Christian woman would do when he suggested we just start the evening over. I pouted and sat there with my arms crossed over my chest as we drove to dinner.
Gently, my husband said, “I don’t want this to ruin our time together. I’m trying to save our evening and let this all go, but it doesn’t seem like you are.” He was right. Our evening needed a fresh start.
I took a deep breath and reached for his hand, and took the opportunity to claim a do over.
Something similar happened with my kids this week. A late night last night meant tired and grumpy boys this morning. I had planned a fun day for the three of us to take advantage of these last few days of summer vacation. However, the kids kept arguing and complaining and whining. The morning wasn’t going well for any of us. A big part of me wanted to just scrap the hole day and send them to their rooms to go back to bed.
Instead, I thought about what my husband said last night.
Maybe instead of just continuing down the wrong path, we could just hit the restart button on our day. We could all take a do over.
I called the boys in and sat them down and shared this all with them. I told them that one of the things that I love most about their daddy, and one of the things I love most about Jesus, is that they both offer the opportunities for do overs when we need them.
Lamentations 3:22-23 says that his love and compassion are new every morning. Ephesians 2:4-5 reminds us that God is rich in mercy because of His great love.
Another great verse is 1 John 1:8 that tells us that if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from everything we’ve done wrong.
Do you see that?
He just asks us to confess and repent and all is forgiven.
It is an opportunity for a do-over.
My kids had already come to me and apologized. They knew what they had done wrong and we had discussed it. I took a deep breath and looked into their discouraged faces.
And I gave them a do over.
Just like Jesus has done for me COUNTLESS times before.
Just like he does for me every time I mess up.
No matter where you are or what kind of sin is in your life, there is always an opportunity for a do over. There is always a chance at a fresh start. You can never be too far gone that you can’t come to Jesus with a heart of repentance and confess and ask for a clean slate.
We can, and should, do it with the big things in life as well as the little day to day things. If you need a do over today, just ask. He is faithful and just to forgive and his mercies are new every morning.
Love and blessings,