I'm glad God gives second chances. I'm not sure about you, but I'm glad for multiple do-overs. He's a God of new beginnings, fresh starts, and mulligans. What's a mulligan? In golf, a mulligan is a second chance a golfer receives to perform a move or action. In some golf tournaments, you can purchase a mulligan and use it whenever you want to. I wish I could have a mulligan in my pocket ready to use in any situation I desired in life. Sometimes life throws you a curve ball. Sometimes you throw the screw-balls. I need do-overs. This isn't a license to sin knowing God will forgive me. It is a desperate plea for grace and mercy because I have weaknesses and limitations. Sometimes people give you second chances but God always gives multiple opportunities for us to make things right and grow in Him.
When I was applying for a job in high school I remember my dad saying, "You'll never get a second chance to make a first impression." That meant do my best to impress the boss so I'd get the job. I did and Fred's was a good place to work for about a year. When you meet someone you try make a good impression on them. What if you make a bad impression? They will probably always remember that and label you as they first saw you. You may not get a second chance to make a first impression with people but you do with God. "His mercies are new every morning" (Lamentations 3:22-23). When I wake up I have a new day to grow in and use for Him. His grace covers my yesterdays - the bad, the "never good enough's", and my best attempts at good. If I have messed up and sinned He forgives my sin. God forgives and "remembers our sins no more" (Hebrews 8:12; Isaiah 43:25). Only an all-powerful God can be all-knowing and forgetful at the same time. He doesn't hold them against me or keep a list of my wrongs. He gives me the greatest mulligan ever - forgiveness in Him.
I'll buy a mulligan every time I play in a golf tournament. While not everyone does, I'm thankful for friends and family who allow me to mess up and make things right. I'm more thankful for a God who gives me new mercies every morning and doesn't hold my sin against when I ask for forgiveness. I'm glad God gives second chances.