Don’t you just love a do-over? When you fall down, mess up, turn everything into a wreck & then you get a do-over? I can remember playing video games with my oldest nephew on what may now be better known as the “ancient” PS-1 (Play-Station 1 for those who may not remember it). We had one particular game that we….(okay, maybe just me) loved. It was called Jak and Daxter.
Jak was one of those animal-like man people. Big ears and hiker’s outfit. Daxter was his flying monkey. Or something like a monkey. The whole point of the game was to collect orbs, little glowing balls of fire, for energy and get to the next level and the next level, fighting off the enemy rhino warriors and swimming from sharks, should you find yourself in the ocean. Well if you DIDN’T stay away from the sharks, or one of the rhinos happened to come too close to you, Jak would “die”. The thing about those video games are, often times a game will equip players with more than one “life”; usually three. And along the way, there are opportunities to collect “healths”, little hearts that give a player another life or a “do-over”, that one chance he needs to start the game from the level he was at instead of going ALL THE WAY BACK to level one.
God is quick to offer us these same do-overs too. He knows how badly we need them in our life. For in this life, all it would take without God’s grace, mercy, salvation & forgiveness is ONE mistake & we’d be out for good. But Jeremiah let’s us know, THAT’S NOT THE CASE! Lamentations 3:22-23 says, “The steadfast love of the Lord NEVER ceases; His mercies NEVER come to an end; they are new EVERY morning. Great is your faithfulness.” Every 365 days of every year, we get a do-over. A chance to live the life we were given RIGHT. Why? Because God knows how much we need it & we’ll continue to need it until we reach our final & fabulous destination: Heaven.
UNTIL THEN, I need MY do-overs & I’m grateful for them. At the beginning of each year, many people make the infamous New Year’s Resolutions. You know, those things we say we’ll do differently and then by March, it’s already broken. There are alot of things I’m sure that we might think or want or know to do differently this year & for each individual, the variety of resolutions gets broader and broader. But this year, one of the areas I look to work on is my character. What kind of person AM I & what kind of person has Christ CALLED ME TO BE, & where along the scale of becoming more like Christ am I? Am I slack? Am I still trying, carrying over the same goal from LAST year? …. No matter where I AM, there’s ALWAYS room for improvement. And in the midst of looking at who I already AM & Who I HOPE to be, I’ll continue to ask God to fashion me into the person He wants me to be.
And we all fall short. The New Year’s Resolutions can often times get kicked to the curb. We all find ourselves needing that “do-over”. But don’t get discouraged if you find that you aren’t who you THOUGHT you should be right now. We cannot allow ourselves to feel run-down because of things we cannot change. Philippians 2:13 says, “For it is God who works in you, both to will & to work for His good pleasure.” He is the Creator, the Potter. He has to mold us into who He wants us to be. But we tend to be more pliable when we have a willing spirit to allow Him to do whatever He wants with us so that as in Philippians, He can use us for His good pleasure.
So enjoy this New Year for it is FILLED with do-overs. Use them all wisely.
To the KING!!