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Topic: Adolescence/Teen Years (07/16/09)
TITLE: I Want a Do-over
By Shari Spinler
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When I think about my adolescent years, I think, “I want a do-over.” Like, when you miss a shot in pool or golf, you ask for another shot. You want to do it over. Of course we can’t go back and do it over, but if we could….
I would go back to the 1970’s when I was a teenager and make better choices, for instance, I would not quit going to church because it was boring and inconvenient. I would get more involved with youth groups, as I encourage my 14-year-old son to do now.
Similarly, I would not quit the basketball team because I wanted more time to stand on the street corner and smoke cigarettes with my friends before and after school. Perhaps I wouldn’t have gotten into drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana, if I was involved in sports.
I imagine that some people in the bible would want a do-over as well. How about Eve when she took a bite of the apple (Gen 3:6 NKJV) and saw what happen after she disobeyed God, she would probably wanted to go back and do things differently. In addition, David probably wished he could have a do-over. His indiscretion, with Bathsheba which resulted in the birth of a son (II Samuel 12:15-18, NKJV), brought great sorrow to him because God took his beloved son away from him.
Peter, likewise, would probably want a do-over because he knew Jesus was the Christ and said so in Luke 9:20 (NKJV), but denied him later. Jesus knew Peter would return to him, because He said to him in Luke 22:32 (NKJV) that, “When you have returned to me, strengthen your brethren.”
In addition, Apostle Paul was acquainted with trouble. He wrote in 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NKJV): “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort who comforts us in all our tribulations, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
Then, this is our responsibility as Christians. We can’t have a do-over but we can learn from our mistakes and bad decisions and use what we have learned to strengthen and teach others and to comfort them as we have been comforted.
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