“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
I absolutely love fair season! Growing up in a small city, the yearly fair is highly anticipated from us all, young and old. Some come for the entertainment, some for the rides, some for the games and all come for the food. Being an ex- athlete, with competitive blood still running through me I especially look forward to the basketball games. What I find interesting is I would never out right pay $20 for a stuffed animal but offer me the opportunity to win it and without a second thought I will gladly hand you my $20 bill for 5 shots. Now as an adult I know that the games are rigged but every year I find myself at the line with the ball in my hand. Remembering all my coach taught me, I squared my shoulders, my feet were spread slightly apart and my release was dead on but I still missed. “Come on, let me have a do over”, I asked. “Sure you can have a do over if you pay for it”, the attendant responded.
Unfortunately, I had agreed with the attendant in more ways than I knew. Over those years of going to the fair, I somehow had allowed this to be my truth, if you want a do over you’re going to have to pay for it!
Recently, I experienced one of those days; those days where I’m just not feeling it. Nothing major happened but it’s just the little nagging stuff. The unending “To Do” list, the halfway completed task, the reoccurring family issue, the everyday, mundane, little stuff. Bad days can be the beginning of a serious snowball effect. We didn’t finish our “to do” list, we didn’t spend time reading our bible like we intended and life’s reoccurring issues have drained us entirely. If left unchecked one bad day can lead to another one and one day’s trouble can easily become the next day’s trouble and at the end of the day we can find ourselves disappointed. Our day has been wasted and the pile of nagging stuff is the price we pay because there is no such thing as free do overs.
Like the attendant at the fair the belief can sometimes be that we can only get a do over if we in fact pay for yesterdays missed opportunities but today’s key verse tells us different. Regardless of what may have gotten us down the day before or what may have felt like a day wasted. The Lord’s compassions never fail and are new every morning.
Lamentations 3:22-23 reminds us that we aren’t consumed by life’s troubles because of the Lord’s great love and unfailing compassions. They are new every morning and God is faithful. Everyday God gives us a do over! If yesterday wasn’t one of our best days or we just missed the shot for that day then no worries tomorrow we get a do over and the best part is it’s free!
So go ahead use your do over and make it count! At the end of the day you may not walk away with a stuffed animal but you will experience the love and faithfulness of Christ.
Prayer: Lord thank you for your unfailing love and your daily mercy. Lord help us when guilt tries to creep in and keep us focused on yesterday’s disappointments. Remind us of your Word and how it declares your faithfulness and unfailing compassions towards us. In Jesus name, Amen.
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