It’s “that” time of year. The new year is upon us. How do you feel about the “r” word? You know – resolution? Are you one of the nearly 40% of all Americans who NEVER make resolutions? Maybe because less than 50% actually stick with their resolution for more than six months. We don’t want to feel defeated, so we don’t even bother to start. But, what if we looked at resolutions not as a set up for failure, but as an opportunity for a do-over.
Kids know all about the do-over. A kickball pitch takes an errant bounce – the kicker yells DO-OVER for another shot at the big boot. A computer game glitches in the middle of a race – the player yells DO-OVER for another shot at the high score. Are you ready to yell DO-OVER and have another shot at a fresh start?
Very often, our past hiccups are the result of changing circumstances. Our desire wanes as the goal loses its freshness. Our commitment to our resolution waivers as our priorities are rearranged. Our passion diminishes as others don’t share our excitement. You feel defeat, certain that things will never change.
One thing that never changes is God’s love and grace for each of us. Even when we make the same mistakes over and over again, He waits for us to return. He doesn’t lose a desire to be with us even when we put Him low on our to-do list. He is committed to us, even when we lose our focus on Him. He is passionate for us, even when others don’t understand.
The world and its trappings would love nothing more than for us to fail and be stuck in our failure. But God is anxiously awaiting that DO-OVER call to make things new. He sent his son, Jesus, to die for our sins, even before we had a chance to sin. He doesn’t care how many times we have to yell DO-OVER . He is just glad that we do!
Anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person. The past is forgotten, and everything is new. 2 Corinthians 5:17