Have you ever called for a “do-over?” Kids do it all the time. If they don’t like the way they hit the ball, rolled the dice, or jumped the hill on their bike, they call for a “do-over.” In the game of golf, a “do-over” is called a Mulligan. My husband taught me that!
I’ve called for a “do-over” many times in my life. Sometimes it’s been the result of a mistake while other times it’s been because I’ve fallen into the trap of sin. Yesterday, I needed a “do-over” because of a big ole goof!
I hate to admit it but sometimes I rush to meet my devotional deadline. As a result, mistakes are made. Nevertheless, I have the editing process to back me up. Their job is to read through each devotion with a fine tooth editorial comb in order to correct any mistakes made. Unfortunately, yesterday’s devotion was pushed ahead in the process to fill a spot where another devotion had been removed.
Over 200,000 subscribers were sent a devotion full of mistakes!
Can anyone scream “DO-OVER!”
Proverbs 31 Ministries strives for excellence in all we do especially the handling of the Word of God. So when the devotion went out, I was horrified! Concerned about our readers, we quickly posted the correct verses on our daily blog page. I did so as well on mine. But others will be confused as they search the Bible for the book David! Hello!? There is no gospel according to David! And I’m not trying to rewrite the scriptures. God has never asked for my advice and He sure didn’t start yesterday!
To make me feel better, my husband kept repeating the same thing over and over. “You’re only human.” He was right.
God knows we are human, too. He understands our limitations. Rushing to meet a deadline exposed both my humanness and my limitations. The cool thing is God invented “do-over’s.” Not some tunic wearing kid tossing rocks into a circle during the ancient years. Nope. It was God. He is a God of second chances…and third…and forth…and so on.
The bible says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
I don’t think a few mistakes in a devotional is sin. I make them all the time on my blog. I consider blogging like journaling. I just write. I don’t go back and correct my misspelled or words. So, sorry to all of you who read with red pens in hand. I do believe, however, that I should apologize—which I have—and use this opportunity as a teaching lesson. If my devotions are not ready to turn in—don’t!
What about when there is sin in our lives. Perhaps we’ve hurt a loved one in some way. Well, God offers you a “do-over.” You can confess your sin to Him and He will cleanse you and give you a fresh start. We also get a fresh start and a second chance when we confess our wrong-doings to others and ask for their forgiveness.
What about you. Do you need a “do-over” today? Perhaps you can share it with us. You’ll be amazed at what a second chance to make things right can do for you and others.