Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Another Chance At Life

Mike Tyson. Former heavyweight champion of the world. A legend in his own time. A hero to some, and a monster to many. He's either on one end of the spectrum or the other, but he's not in the center. He's not your normal, everyday, run-of-the-mill, routine kind of guy. His fights in the boxing ring brought him great fame and fortune. His animal-like behavior outside the ring {well, inside too...I mean, there is the ear thing} brought him a ruined reputation and time behind bars. There's a long list of crimes and bad behavior we can attribute to him.

In October of 1998, he revealed a glimpse into his mind: I know I'm going to blow one day. . . . My life is doomed the way it is. I have no future. I feel bad about my outlook, how I feel about people and society, and that I'll never be part of society the way I should. (source: Fox Sports Community)

In that one quote was a cry for grace, love and acceptance. And isn't that the longing of all our hearts? Another chance at make right what's wrong.

Just a few days ago, Mike Tyson's Twitter feed read: People deserve more than 1 chance. Sometimes more than 2. Then, two days later: I love seeing people out there that take care of other people, selfless. They make me want to improve my life more as a family man & father.

What a drastic change from his mindset in 1998! And he's right!

We all want second chances, third chances, never-ending chances to be accepted and loved. To improve our lives. To be the parent, the lover, the child, the friend God created us to be. To know that our screw-ups have not ruined God's purposes for our lives. It seems as though Mike Tyson is taking hold of his second chances and making a go of it.

What do you think of his second chance?

This is part of the People of the Second Chance campaign, Never Beyond, that focuses on forgiveness, grace and second chances. There will be 25 posters representing well known historical, current and fictional characters who are believed to have harmed society.


  1. Hey! I found this post via POTSC. It's amazing to see someone who has been beaten down by life and circumstances get back up! God is good!

    Thanks for this post, it's great!


  2. I'm glad Mike is getting a second chance. I'm looking for a handful of them myself. I'm glad his outlook has changed. Thanks for the post.

  3. Andrew - Thanks for stopping by! Your comment makes me think of the Toby Mac song, Get Back Up! :-)

    Carolyn - Aren't we all looking for a handful of second chances? ;-) I know I am!

  4. I love that you emphasized the need of second chances to IMPROVE our lives... so often, I have thought second chances are for survival instead of thriving. Excellent Post, Rebekah!

  5. I love this. Such great words and encouragement for us to pursue Grace!

  6. Ashley - I think maybe when we first realize our second chances we slip into survival mode. In our world, second chances seem to be few and far between. Maybe when we finally get one, we don't know what to do with it. Thanks for the comment!

    Elreyfeo - I've been pursuing (studying) grace for several months now...and what I'm finding is absolutely life changing! Thanks for dropping by!

  7. GREAT words of encouragement to help us grasp the reality of second chances!!

  8. Rebekah, thanks for writing this. I really resonated with this: "In that one quote was a cry for grace, love and acceptance. And isn't that the longing of all our hearts? Another chance at make right what's wrong." I'm rooting for Mike that he makes the best of his second chance.