For some reason, I was reminded about a childhood rule that is almost never used in adult life, except maybe in video games: the do-over. I can remember missing a shot in basketball or losing a race an calling for a do-over. Shouts of “do-over” resound on playgrounds in response to things not going quite as planned. Even as a teenager playing video games with my friends, someone would inevitably cry “do-over” at the end of a round.
So, I thought, why not use these in daily life? When a child stands defiantly, or refuses to do a task, call for a do-over and give the child a chance to change their behavior. Or maybe the child asks for something rudely or says something inappropriate, call for a do-over and give the child a chance to correct for their remarks.
It goes the same for us adults, too. See, we often make mistakes and yell, or say something mean, or break a promise. Why not look at your child and ask for a “do-over?” It goes a long way with a child to see an adult admit a mistake, and then work to correct it. It creates a culture within your home that second chances are part of life.
Jesus gave second chances all the time. We see “do-overs” with the disciples throughout the Gospel accounts. The disciples argue about greatness, and Jesus calls for a “do-over” and asks them to look at life like a child, and to be the lowest servant first. Peter denied Jesus, and Jesus calls for a “do-over” by asking Peter to love others and move forward.
I think we could all use a “do-over” in our lives. So why not use it in your house?