Who needs a do-over?


Monday was bad . . . really bad.

After a busy week of work deadlines and a weekend sports tournament, I couldn’t find the counter under the dirty dishes. Laundry was piled up everywhere. It would be easier to just sell the house than put it back in order.

I shooed the kids out the door with nothing for breakfast but leftover cake. The school cafeteria would have to pick up my slack at lunch. And, to top it off, the winter cold and rain held my beautiful sunshine hostage AGAIN. Ugh!

You’ve had those days, right? As I shut the door and looked at my mess, I thought, “Boy, do I need a do-over.” When the kids were little, I remember hearing them from the other room.

“Do-over!” “Ethan, you CANNOT have a do-over,” mini-mom Katie explained. Gracie’s squeaky voice chimed in, “If he gets a do-over, I get a do-over, too!”

“No, you don’t.” Katie stood her ground, but Ethan insisted. “It’s in the rules, Katie. We CAN get a do-over.”

I don’t remember who won the argument, but as I thought about it, I realized: We actually DO get do-overs. And IT IS in the rulebook.

The start of Lent season this past week in preparation for Easter reminded me again of this blessing. Scripture says:

“And he who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’ Also he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true,’” (Revelation 21:5 ESV).

“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert,” (Isaiah 43:19 ESV).

Jesus Christ gave us a do-over pass for so many things: our sins, our mistakes, our messes. And God put it in the rulebook.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come,” (2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV).

There are also lots of goodies in Scripture about other kinds of practical do-overs: forgiving each other, mending relationships, making a plan for the future, finances and more. Thank goodness!

In his wisdom, God put reminders of hope and renewal in our world and daily lives. Spring comes. The sun rises. So, hang in there if you’re having a rough patch or a “no-good-very-bad day.” You’ll get your do-over.