God gives do-overs with each new morning


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 times in my thirty-eight 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 (and self-appointed PI) asked me which theater the movie was playing in at the classic Parkwood cinema. “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, a conversation, a poor response.  And, while we can’t get do-overs 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. It’s not His character.

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.  We don’t have to climb a ladder to get to Him. We don’t have to do enough. Be enough. We already are enough. Because, the Creator of all things dwells within us.

In Him, we get a do-over every morning. A brand new twenty-four. And, there are days I certainly need a new morning. So, I can rest in His mercies that never, ever fail me. And, you can rest in them, too.

Because of the Lords great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.  Lamentations 3:22-23

For more columns by Dusty, visit her website at www.dustytakle.com.

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