This week started with me in a nasty mood, subtle and yet constant attitudes toward my husband. I am not proud of that or saying it is ok… It wasn’t. But I wanted to share this because I wanted to share a decision that my husband and I made that greatly blessed our marriage: We decided to start over.
We didn’t hash out every offense and mistake. I didn’t even say “I’m sorry” again. Why? Because it was more than that. Yes, I was sorry and I needed forgiveness but there was more. I needed a “re-do,” a slate wiped clean, a chance to try again.
Ever need one of those?
So I asked my hubby if we could start over and incredibly he said yes and just like that- all was so well again. And it still is.
And I share all this because I realized just how much we all at times need a “start over” pass. And that is in fact what God did through us through Christ Jesus. He wiped the slate clean and gave us the freedom to start over, fully restored in the eyes of God- as if we had never sinned at all. With open arms and a smile, our Lord said, and continues to say “Yes, let’s start over.”
And so it is that we, too, also desperately need to be able to say that to each other- to offer that mercy, that love and grace.
Who might you need to start over with today? Maybe your spouse, your child, a friend, a family member, a co-worker, maybe even God?
May the same power that raised Jesus from the dead rise up in our marred hearts and relationships. Because all can be made wonderfully new.