Do you remember being a kid on the school playground? Remember when you messed up in freeze tag? You automatically called for a “Do Over.” With lots of grumbling from the other team you were usually granted the ill-fated Do Over chance. And do you remember that kid that constantly screamed, “Do-Over!” every time he/she was up to bat, or to kick? I bet you wanted to cream that kid!! The game seemed to go on forever and the kid never learned to accept that one Do-Over was allowed.
We are in the day and age when getting a Make-Over is all the rage!! Don’t like your hair style? Get a Make-Over. Don’t like your wardrobe? Get a Make-over. You could even be approached by morning show hosts in the middle of the crosswalk yelling, “You need a Make-Over!” How embarrassing to be caught in a late 80’s original hair cut and outfit.!! I would jump at the chance for a make-over. But I bet within a couple of months those Make-Overs have gone back to the original comfortable and probably easier style.
The difference between the two are quite similar but yet vastly different. Both are about change. The Do-Over is like extra practice knowing that eventually you will get it right. On the other hand, the Make-Over is a change as a result of wanting to improve the look of something.
I have read several books and articles about Faith Make-Overs. Churches are making over their worship services to be more attractive and stylish for newcomers. Is there really anything accomplished long term with Make-Overs? I mean let’s look at a person’s hair cut….this person has been stuck in 1987 and has been given a new color and cut. The maintenance can be overwhelming for a person. Trying to keep up the look will be exhausting and eventually will be abandoned because it is too hard. So what happens?? The person goes back to the 87 hair style.
Could this same idea be applied to a newcomer to a church? Once they have committed to the idea of the religion thing, they realize that if they don’t change every aspect of their lives the Make-Over becomes hard and maintenance that will grow to bore. Perhaps the church goer wants to make-over their religious practices. Wanting to improve their Christian living and to find that warm fuzzy feeling, the person jumps into every program the church has to offer. Sort of like making New Year’s resolutions….you are fired up until it fizzles out in February or like me, on January 2nd. The idea is great but once again, maintaining the appearance to capture a feeling doesn’t succeed in the long term. Some make-overs do stick but again it is how much the person wants to maintain it. A whole lot of work.
Perhaps the Do-Over would be the wiser choice. Traditionally, a person who calls for a Do-Over realizes a mistake was made and needs the opportunity to retry. Changes have to be made in order to improve and to not make the same mistake again. Of course, a Do-Over can result in the same outcome if we are not careful and don’t pay attention to our actions. A Do-Over is practice makes perfect. If we continually practice Bible learning, by doing and redoing, chances are we will eventually make a difference and well… find perfection. Look at the Israelites…it took them 40 years of a do-over to finally change and correct their mistakes in order to enter the Promise Land.
I know in my life, I am constantly calling for a do-over. And each time a I do the closer to getting right I get. For example, in my prayer life I have always done a makeover at the beginning of each year like a lot of practicing Christians often do. Yet, February comes along and I have slipped into my old patterns. Thus the make-over doesn’t stick. Well, I have smartened up and learned to call for a Do Over. I quickly recognize now that I have slipped into my old patterns and well…. I redo what I am supposed to do….have a prayerful relationship with God.
Sometimes, it isn’t me calling for the Do-Over. Sometimes it is God, Himself. I sometimes get caught up in the worldly views or practices, and well, God will call for a Do-Over. Calling me out or by pulling me back into His close circle, I recognize my mistake and I start over once again trying to make sure I don’t fall into the same pitfalls. Again, if I don’t recognize my short comings and pitfalls, the Do-Over is a waste of time, but if I learn from the mistakes I can reap the benefits of a wonderful relationship with God.
Well, a make-over has its pros and so does a do-over. I am glad God allows a do-over and doesn’t seem to mind when I call for so many extra do-overs, if I learn from the mistakes I made. I am sure He gets frustrated when I fall short over and over again when I don’t recognize the same old pitfall. Eventually, after a couple of do-overs I do wise up. I like doing make-overs but I have a hard time making it stick and become a lifestyle. Unfortunately a make over in my life is just a quick fix to a bigger issue. While the feeling is great, I tend not to keep it up. Perhaps I am lazy. Perhaps it is easier to call “Do-Over!” Or perhaps, I am a slow learner with trouble finding a quick way to perfection.
So where do you stand? In your relationship with God, are you in need of a make-over or a do-over? Can you put the maintenance needed into the make-over? Or do you need to scratch what you have done so far and start over with a do-over?
Either way, enjoy the journey…..