Would You Like a Do Over?

13 Jul

Have you had a hard week?

On Monday, you had big ideas for everything you would do, all you would accomplish, and you just knew this week would go smoothly because you had everything planned out just so.

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It didn’t quite go according to your plans, did it?

  • Your car broke down and you were late for work.
  • The power went out on one of the hottest days of the year.
  • You spilled coffee on your clothes right before a big meeting.
  • You made a mistake – a big one – and you regret it.
  • You ate three pieces of cake blowing your diet out of the water.
  • You said an unexpected goodbye to someone you love.
  • Someone you really wanted to meet with canceled at the last minute.

Your week has been full of missed opportunities, mishaps, and mistakes.  This is not how you pictured it on Monday morning when the week was so full of promise.

You’re ready for a do-over, right?  I know the feeling.  And I have great news!

You’ve got one right now!

We get a do-over every day.  In fact, we get a do-over every minute of every day if you want to get technical about it.  No matter what happened two minutes ago, the next minute is all yours for the taking and the changing.  You can use this minute to improve a bad situation or you can sit there feeling sorry for yourself.  You can use this minute to climb out of your slump or you can sit there wondering how or why your plans went so awry.

Wonder which will make you feel better?

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

Each day, each morning, each time you open your eyes – God’s mercies are new.  It doesn’t matter what you did the day before, you get a fresh start, a brand new opportunity to correct your mistakes and get it right this time around.

And what if you don’t get it right this time?  That’s where God’s grace steps in and says “I love you, anyway.”

The start of something new brings the hope of something great. – Bryan Brooks (@brookbr on Twitter)

Today is a new day, full of opportunity, possibility, and second chances!  Go make the most of it!

♥ Rachel

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4 Responses to “Would You Like a Do Over?”

  1. Molly July 13, 2012 at 10:00 am #

    Yes, I’d like a do over please! Serioulsy though, this post speaks directly to my heart. Struggling with things that seem insurmountable, feeling anxious because of it and then trying to stop it in tracks. Yup, been there done that. But you are so right, that next minute can be a do over if we look to Christ and His unfailing love and compassion. I love that verse you quoted from Lamentations. I’m always amazed at how God knew that we’d need to hear these things over and over again so He put it in writing (: God bless and thanks for sharing!

    • rachturner July 13, 2012 at 1:27 pm #

      Hey Molly – Still praying for you and hoping things become more manageable very soon. :)

      • Molly July 13, 2012 at 8:44 pm #

        You’re very sweet Rachel (: Thanks. And you have already been in my prayers for some time now. I really appreciate your blog, it’s one of the few I read, lol! Blessings to you and your family.

  2. Cara Olsen July 13, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

    Such a great post, Rachel. And in fact, yes, I was actually thinking a do-over might be nice. I made some silly errors this week that, in my haste I should have been paying better attention to. Oh, well. We live and we learn. God works mightiest in the mistakes and imperfections.

    Hoping you are well,

    ~ Cara

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