There are times in our life when we’ve screwed up and wish we could have a do-over. Maybe you were pulled over and received a ticket. Maybe you made a mistake at work that’s cost your company money. Or maybe you’ve said something you wish you could take back. You’ve said something, intentionally or unintentionally, that’s hurt someone you care about. And despite the untruthful phrase, “Sticks and stones may break your bones but words will never hurt you,” you know from the look on their face that they are wounded and now wary of your friendship.
Words can be powerful weapons of mass destruction. Or they can be instruments of peace and encouragement.
A situation like that reminds me of one of my favorite stories of the New Testament in John 21. You see there was this guy. He had spoken some words that he regretted. And he desperately needed a do-over. His name was Simon Peter and he was a disciple of Jesus. Simon Peter needed a do-over after renouncing Jesus three times, in public fashion, at the hour Jesus would have needed Simeon Peter as a friend the most.
This series of posts is going to dive in to Peter’s story and how a do-over from Jesus was what he needed, and why it’s sometimes what we need in our lives as well.