New Years and Do Overs

midnightclock1/1/……  Today it happens to be 1/1/13. Happy New Year! What is it about the new year that brings such hope, such newness, that we can look forward to our future even in the midst of the same circumstances we had last night at 11:59 p.m.? What compels us for our “do-overs”? Where does hope spring eternal? Well…..? in a word, God. Yea, Yea, I know that seems too easy, or too religious, or too something!

The Midnight hour. The dark, scary, lonely, morbid, and usually exhausting Midnight hour. Mind you, our Midnight hour can be right smack in broad daylight. When we are in it, it seems as though we are the only ones there. We can convince ourselves that no one on earth can relate to our particular circumstance. But there is another that has experienced a Midnight hour. One that was so severe that He sweat like blood. There have been times that I was sure that blood could ooze from my pores at any given moment, but it never has. For our Savior it really did. And it did for us!!!

And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. {Luke 22:44}

Then He said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death…”  {Matthew 26:38}

So here we are, a New Year, hopeful, enthusiastic, refreshed. Another “Do-Over” moment. Why such hope?

“But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.” {Psalm 39:7}

But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint. {Isaiah 40:31}

The Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him, to the one who seeks Him; {Lamentations 3:25}

But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.{Micah 7:7}

“‘I saw the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest in hope, because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, you will not let your holy one see decay. You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.’” {Acts 2:25-28}

How many “Do-Over” moments do we get with God? Uhmmmmm……. I’m still counting! This life with our Abba isn’t like earning tokens at Chuck E Cheeses or tickets at the fair. We don’t have to earn or pay for them and then when we run out its over!  We get this “Do-Over” thing the whole time we are living on this earth! That’s great news! And not just for each new year, but for each new day! Each new moment when needed! Every time we ask.

But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the Lord, and He answers me from His holy mountain. {Psalm 3:3-4}

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. {Lamentations 3:22-23}

Since we get “Do-Overs,” why not just keep on doing what we are doing and keep asking God to get us out of it? Because it is not healthy!

“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything” but not everything is constructive. No one should seek their own good, but the good of others. {1 Corinthians 10:23-24}

Speaking of others, if I get these “Do-Overs” consistently, how many times do I give “Do-Overs”?  God’s principles are clear on this as well.

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” {Luke 6:38}

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy times seven.” {Matthew 18:21-22}

So, again I say, “Happy New Year, Happy New Day, Happy New Hour!” I am looking forward to this life with God, today. I choose hope, grace, peace and joy for today. How about you?

“The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by Him we cry, “Abba, Father.”

Written by Kathy Easley

One thought on “New Years and Do Overs

  1. Kathy, this is SO beautiful! I loved the question you asked, “how many times do I give Do-Overs?” There is such importance in our learning to not only allow ourselves to receive God’s grace but to also GIVE the same grace we have received to those around us in a healthy way. What a freeing gift! Thank you for sharing what the Lord put on your heart today!

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