Do-Over

Steven Valadez

When I was in elementary school, my favorite game was kickball.  It was like baseball, but instead of hitting the ball with a bat, you would kick a large ball and run around the bases. T he only way to get “out” was if someone threw the ball and hit you with it.

Our playing field at the school was very narrow, surrounded by the tall school building on one side and residential houses on the other.  Sometimes, a kid would kick the ball and it would bounce into the neighbor’s yard.  We would shout until the lady who lived there came out and gave the ball back.  At this point, a chorus of “do-over!” would be heard from the kids.  Everyone knew what a “do-over” meant – the first kick didn’t count, try again.  The first kick never really happened.  Sometimes we would argue about it, but usually “do-over” meant a free second chance.

As adults, we don’t often get do-overs.  Do-overs don’t work with the water company.  When you get pulled over, the CHP won’t usually give you a do-over.  You can’t show up late to work and try to get a do-over from your boss.  Your credit card company or loan lender will absolutely not give a do-over (don’t try).  When we make a mistake, when we do something wrong,  we’re stuck with it.  When we lose our temper or say things that we regret later, we wish we could get a do-over, but we can’t.  No-one gives do-overs.  No one except God.

In Acts 3:19, the Bible tells us, “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.”

The Bible tells us that God gives do-overs!  All those stupid things we’ve done, all those bad decisions we’ve made, all that guilt we drag around with us… God will give you a do-ver.  All you have to do is “repent.”  That word “repent” means “to change your mind and change your life.”  Repent means to agree with God about the sins we’ve committed, and change our minds and actions so we don’t do them anymore.  When we do that, God gives us a do-over!  We will still make mistakes (the same mistakes), but as long we truly “repent,” God will give you a do-over!  He will wipe your sins out.  They don’t count.  It’s like they never happened.  You don’t have to feel guilty, you don’t have to feel ashamed, you don’t have to keep making the same mistakes over and over.  Repent, and get a do-over!

 

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