Do you remember playing a game as a kid and for whatever reason the outcome was not exactly what you expected, and then someone uttered that wonderful phrase…”Do over”? In golf, it is called a “mulligan.” When you hit a bad shot, you take your “mulligan”, and try again. Kids today know all too well how to hit the reset button on the video games if things are not going to their liking. Oh what a wonderful thing that a reset can be!
Have you ever wanted a “reset button” on life? Maybe just on a day or two? Maybe if we could just “reset” an event or two? Perhaps if we could just take back that one rant, glare, or even that pause before we answered. Unfortunately, we cannot change the past. But, God graciously allows us new opportunities each day to “start over”, to make things right, and to live our lives in such a way as to bring honor and glory to His name. Each new day brings new life. Every dawn is a reset. Though it does not change the past, we awaken with a new chance to respond to today’s opportunities differently than we did yesterday. We also have the privilege in most cases of doing something about yesterday’s mistakes. We must begin by going to God and asking for His forgiveness where we fall short.
Romans 3:23 tells us that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. That refers not only to a time before we trust in Jesus for salvation, but we still fight that sin nature even after salvation. So what does the saved sinner do? First John 1:9 is a verse that every Christian should memorize and hold near to their heart. It says that if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. We first ask Him to forgive us.
Next, we need to make things right with the people that we hurt. If we offended, injured, angered, or damaged relationships, we need to privately go to them and express our sincere apologies and desire to bring healing to the relationship. We ask them to forgive us as well. It is not an easy step to take as it involves the swallowing of pride, but it is the right step to take if we want to move forward with the “do over”.
We approach each new day as a new mission and opportunity from God to serve Him. We look forward to the area of service where He has placed us as we allow His Holy Spirit to lead us in all we say and do.
Whether it is finally starting to serve Him in the way we know He called us,
Getting back into church
Starting to tithe
Teaching a Sunday School Class
Serving in the Nursery
Singing in the Choir
Playing an instrument in the Orchestra
Going on Outreach
Going on a Mission trip
Whatever it is, we can begin fresh today!
And hopefully, at the end of the day, we won’t feel the need for a “do over.”