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Starting Over

Posted on: 7-15-112013

As I mentioned yesterday, my five-year old granddaughter spent the weekend at my house.  One of the things I love about children this age is that they love to “start over” with no remembrance of the prior events.  For example, at one point, we were playing a very competitive game of “balloon volleyball” as she called it.  The object of the game was to keep the balloon off the ground for as long as possible.  If she or I missed, she immediately said that we were starting the game over.  She desperately didn’t want anyone to lose the game because she wanted the game to continue.  Another time, we were playing the “quiet game”.  Any time she talked, she would let me know that we were just practicing and the game was starting over. The time that this “starting over” really caught my attention was when she had a short period of time when she had disobeyed me several times in a row.  She knew that I had a very special surprise for her on Saturday afternoon if she behaved well, so she was really adamant about getting the opportunity to “start over” after her period of disobedience.  After she had a few minutes to sit and think about her actions, she cheerfully said, “Nana, I am ready to start over and be good now.”  She then continued to remind me that we had “started over” because she really wanted to go to her surprise.  Of course, as her Nana, I was quick to extend the grace and mercy she was requesting and let her “start over” so she could go to the wildlife park.  As children of God, we, too, are allowed to “start over” anytime we want to.  The moment we ask God to forgive us, we get a clean slate.  He extends grace and mercy upon us as often as we request it…even if it’s moment by moment.  He never grows tired of us asking for another chance.  He never runs out of patience for our disobedience.  He doesn’t ever tell us that He’s had enough and there are no more opportunities to start over. Just like I wanted to reward my granddaughter and take her somewhere special, our Father wants to reward us and do special things for us.  Nothing pleases Him more than being able to lavish us with His love and with His blessings.

“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!”  Matthew 7:11

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