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Do Over

I grew up on the corner lot of Glenwood and Collingwood avenues in Johnstown, New York. We had a large backyard and side yard. Our house was the focal point for the kids in the neighborhood. Hide and Seek, Wiffleball, Dodge Ball, Freeze Tag and whatever else we dreamed up to play were kid magnets. Inside the house was a model train set that occupied one-third of our basement, we were one of the first families on the block to have cable TV (which meant getting more than 3 channels … in fact, cable gave us 11 channels. How times have changed), and in my room I had Pong which was the first home video game system. We camped out in the yard, made S’mores, froze our own popsicles from orange juice or Kool-Aid, built our own bikes, swapped baseball cards, collected Matchbox cars, and talked important things like which TV show was cooler… Happy Days or the Six Million Dollar Man.
Sometimes arguments would start and somebody would get mad and go home. Sometimes in the heat of a game a fight would start over the rules. Finally, when the two sides could not be reconciled there was only one of two choices: a) the kid whose house you were at had the final say …or… b) do over.
Yup, we just did the play over without penalty. We just started fresh.


As adults our lives get busy and at times messy. Our mistakes today can cost money, relationships, or worse. There are no Do Overs for adults. II Corinthians 5:17 teaches that when we accept Christ our lives are passed off and a new life begins. But what about for people who already saved? It’s great that someone who was not a believer and whose life was in trouble gets a fresh start with the Lord …but what about those of us who mess up our lives after salvation. Do we get saved again? No. 
So then, what’s the answer? Lamentations 3:22-23 tells us that His mercies are new every morning. A righteous man falls down seven times but gets back up according to Proverbs 24:16. In Galatians 6 Paul tells our responsibility to help fallen brethren get back up and get going again. The word restore comes from the Greek rendering 

katartizō which means to thoroughly repair and complete. In other words, help them up (Repenting) and help them with a Do Over. I John 1:9 states that Jesus Christ will forgive us of all our sins when we confess them to Him. 

God has a longsuffering love and a short-term memory of our past transgressions. No matter where you find yourself today … tomorrow can be a new beginning.





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