I love playing games or sports that have liberal Redo rules. Especially when you are just learning. That serve kinda flopped...redo!
It's ok, try it again!
You can totally have a redo.
I've recently started to use this phrase with my children in our everyday lives.
If they say something in a sassy way, with a rude tone, or are sour in their heart and it comes spilling out sideways, I've been asking if they would like a redo.
You want a redo in how you just asked me that question?
Which signals to them two things:
1. How you just carried yourself was NOT what we are going for around these parts.
2. There is grace here for you. Second chances are helpful training tools as our children back up and try the whole thing again.
This is also a simple question in my pocket that can be said quietly and calmly. I need it for me. I don't have to fly off the handle when I have this gentle question in my hand. It's a Redo in my response that I had for them in my heart.
Redos are just as much for me as it is for them.
And it feels like Jesus.
The Second Chance King.
He is SO ridiculously liberal with His redos. Like, every single morning.
May we look to our good, good Father as we parent.