I have a confession to make. I enjoy playing Candy Crush on my phone. It’s not one of those things I talk about very often, mainly because it’s such a popular little app, and I really don’t like going along with fads. But something about that horrible game helps my brain shut off, and it’s nice to be able to do something brainless at the end of the day.
Here’s the problem. When my phone died, so did my Candy Crush game. I was on level 305. And I didn’t interact with anyone. I didn’t save my progress. I just played the silly game. So when I got my new phone up and running yesterday, I had to start a new game of Candy Crush all over again. Back at level 1.
But it didn’t take me long to recognize that I was better off this time around. I already knew how to play the game. When I started the first time, I was just guessing. When I first started playing, I didn’t know the ins and outs of extra lives and boosters and special tricks. So this time through, I’m betting I’ll have a better overall game than I did before, because I already know what’s coming.
The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again.
But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked.
Sometimes starting over gets a bad rap. After all, you usually have to start over when something negative happens. You lose a job. Your phone dies. You have to move. Your cake doesn’t turn out. Whatever the situation, starting over usually means you have to begin at the beginning all over again, and all the work you’ve done in between has counted for nothing.
I was fortunate when I transferred from a non-accredited private college to a public state university. God opened some doors for me that allowed all 33 of my credits to transfer, which meant I didn’t have to repeat my freshman year. A lot of others I know haven’t been that fortunate.
After you’ve reached a certain point in your life, having to repeat work or experiences can just be discouraging. But is starting over really that bad?
Sure, it can be frustrating. There’s no denying that. But how many times in life do we wish for an opportunity to try again? How many times have we looked back on our own personal history and wished for the chance to do something better, to try a different approach, to make a different decision.
Life experiences teach us things. At least, they do if we’re paying attention. In many cases, we just stumble through life and ignore things God wants us to learn. But if we keep our eyes and ears open, we can learn something new every single day.
Starting over means you can try again and avoid the foolish decisions you made the first time. Starting over can be an opportunity to get your life on the right track to begin with, instead of trying to patch the holes and fill in the gaps later down the road.
Maybe there’s a lesson you need to learn this time around that you didn’t grasp the first time. Or maybe God just needs you where He’s put you.
Being able to start over again after you’ve made a mistake is a gift. God gives His children the strength and the faith to get up again after we’ve face-planted. So don’t take that for granted. Instead, see it as a second chance to get things right. Choose to approach it as an opportunity to be blessed and bless others in return.