As each of my kids entered 6th grade we transferred them to a year-round school about 25 minutes from our house. You are probably thinking, I’m nuts! There were advantages, I promise. It was a great school, year-round fit our family, and the drive to and from provided time for conversation. But the downfall was that when the kids forgot something it wasn’t a quick trip back home. Thus, this mom (trying to teach some responsibility) made the rule you only get one free trip per year.
Well, my youngest had to ask for a free trip this week. She had forgotten her homework that was imperative she turn in that day. Of course, she didn’t forget on her way there – no, she remembered as she was getting out of the car. She asked for her free trip – a second chance – and we were off for another hour in the car.
Reflecting on my attitude, I realized I’m so thankful God is more gracious than I. He doesn’t only give one free trip or do-over per year. Yep – we all love do-overs and second chances, don’t we? A chance to make right the mistake or wrong we’ve committed. I can tell you, I’m always in need of a do-over!
What a blessing that our God is a God of do-overs and second chances. Over and over through scripture He gives His people another chance, whether they deserve it or not. God gave Moses a second chance after he shattered the stone tablets. God gave David a do-over after all the lies and deceit surrounding Bathsheba. Jesus gave the adulterous women a second chance. Jesus gave Peter a second chance and has given Alene many do-overs!
Amazingly through Jesus, we get a new chance every morning!