Have you ever longed for a “do-over” in life, remember those from childhood? When you would miss the ball, or fall down in a running race you could just shout out, “Do-over!” and everything was okay again.
In grown up life, things don’t seem to be that easy. You have probably seen or at least heard of the movie, ‘Groundhog Day’. In the movie, Phil gets stuck living the same day over and over again, which so happened to be Groundhog Day. Basically Phil got unlimited do-overs.
We might think, “That’s great, but that is just a movie, in real life there are no fresh starts.” However, with God there are! We get brand-new grace every single morning. An automatic do-over from God Himself. Jesus takes all the mess ups from the day before, all the ugliness, all the hurts and mistakes onto Himself and gives us grace, undeserved favor instead.
As Phil learned in the movie, it is what we do with that grace that really matters. He started from a place of selfish recklessness and despair, then he realized that the only thing that he could change in his life of repeated Groundhog days was himself. From that point on he started to work on himself and also on serving others. I am probably pulling a lot out of what is not actually the most edifying movie in the world, but I think that is what it comes down to for us as well, what are we going to do with the fresh grace we are given today?
Today could be the day we finally forgive someone, today could be the day we say no to destructive habits in our lives, today could be the day we are set free. How awesome and amazing is that?
Hebrews 3:13 “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today.”
Lamentations 3:22-23 “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions, (or grace) never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.”