Have you ever wished you could get a life do-over? What if we could just hit some magical reset button when we hit a tough time? What if you could erase a mistake and get second chance to make a different choice?
Wouldn’t that be amazing?
But “extra lives” are just for video games. We only get one shot at this life, and we don’t get to backtrack when we mess up. While we can’t hit rewind and change our past, there is a bright side. God can take the mistakes of our past and weave them into an incredible future.
Is there something in your life that you’d like to erase? A decision you’d like to do over? I get it. And you’re not alone. Every one of us has done something (okay probably more than one something) that we wish we could go back and undo.
Like mishandling your money and getting buried by a mountain of debt that breaks the bank.
Like losing your temper and speaking harsh words that break a child’s heart.
Like engaging in an inappropriate relationship that breaks God’s heart (and maybe your spouse’s).
No judgment. Like I said, every one of us would like a reset button for some choice or another. I’d like several, in fact. That list above? Yeah, it’s my list of life do-overs.
The time I racked up a pile of debt buying all sorts of things that I absolutely did not need.
The time I yelled at my daughter about something that, in the long run, mattered far less than the wounds my words inflicted.
The time, years before I met my husband, I got involved in relationships with guys that were anything but healthy and appropriate.
Insert all the facepalm and broken heart emojis here.
Thankfully, the apostle Paul has left encouraging words in the book of Romans for those of us who wish for that reset button: And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28 NLT Does “everything” include our mistakes? It does!
Now, that’s not a free pass to mess up whenever we want. We don’t get to shrug our shoulders and say, “Oh well—God will work it together for good.” That would be presuming on God’s grace! But it does help us understand how much He loves us. He doesn’t even let our mistakes go to waste. He forgives us and helps us make better choices. The best part? When we live free from the shame of our mistakes, we get the chance to help others through sharing our stories. God has given me opportunities to share pieces of my story to encourage and guide others who struggle with some of the same things I did!
I don’t know why you might be wanting a life do-over. But I can tell you that whatever it is, there is forgiveness in Jesus, and there is hope in God’s goodness and His amazing ability to redeem anything, as we give it to Him.