Need a Do-over?


Like most grade-school boys, I played marbles with my buddies at recess and after lunch almost every day.

With marble bags in hand, we’d run for the playground, drop to our knees and draw a big circle in the dirt. Then—opening our bags, we’d look for just the right marble to start our shooting match.

I had a home-made red cloth bag with a drawstring that my mother stitched for me. Inside it, I kept my treasured marbles. I still have that worn-out bag—but somewhere along the way, I lost my marbles!

Like savvy marble shooters, we played for keeps when we felt gutsy and confident—but we played just for fun when we felt like hanging onto all our marbles. That’s how we scored big, came up short or kept our bags full to shoot another day.

When my daughters Aly and Kylie were little, I taught them how to shoot marbles—and they taught me how to throw jacks. Knowing we’d make a lot of mistakes and misses, I taught my girls how to yell, “Do-overs!”

Today—I like being able to call for “do-overs” in life because I often blow it. I make mistakes and need second chances. That’s why I require and rely on God’s grace and forgiveness. Every day.

I don’t like how prone I am to wander and rebel against God.

But as I’ve walked the road of brokenness and repentance—and admitted my need for forgiveness—I’ve celebrated and enjoyed God’s grace. Here’s why: God gives fresh starts and do-overs to brokenhearted people like you and me.

God’s grace. We don’t deserve it and can’t earn it—but God won’t stop giving it. That’s a good thing for us because we need lots of it.

The Bible says God’s grace is a free gift (Eph. 2:8-9). It’s something we should receive gratefully and humbly because God “gives us more grace … and opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6).

That should fill our hearts with gratitude and joy and spur us to worship and praise God, for he is the ultimate Gift and Giver of amazing grace.

God gives fresh starts and second chances to humble, broken-hearted people—like you and me.

Friend, will you receive and thank God for his amazing grace?



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