A shift is needed…

I’m partnering myself with People of the Second Chance and their Never Beyond Poster Series.  They will feature 25 posters representing well known historical, current, and fictional characters who are believed to have harmed society.  The campaign draws out themes of forgiveness, grace, and what a pathway to a second chance looks like.

This week is Mike Tyson.

Standing Back Up

When I hear the name Mike Tyson, I think of two things: boxing and biting off Holyfield’s ear.  I too think of cannibalism when I’m being headbutted multiple times, so I don’t know what the big deal is about that.  Oh, wait…he spit the ear chuck out, didn’t he?  Noob!

I don’t know too much about Tyson; I was never much of a boxing fan beyond the Rocky movies.  However, I do know that he, among other things, is a convicted rapist, a drug addict, and cheater (both in the ring, and in his marriages).  Does this mean that he’s unworthy of forgiveness?  Does this mean he doesn’t deserve a second chance?

In 2005, he was quoted in USA Today saying:

“My whole life has been a waste – I’ve been a failure.  I just want to escape. I’m really embarrassed with myself and my life.” (Source)

From what I understand, Mike “The Baddest Man on the Planet” Tyson is trying to turn his life around.  He’s making an attempt to change.  He’s trying to stand back up after being knocked down, and I, as a imperfect man, can respect that.  Romans 3:23-24 says:

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” (NIV)

None of us are perfect, and if Jesus can wash away my sin, He can wash away Tyson’s, and if He can wash away Tyson’s, He can wash away anyone’s.  I don’t know where Mike Tyson is spiritually, and frankly, that’s none of my business.  But I do hope that he finds, or has found, redemption through Christ Jesus.  I believe that we all need to make an effort to stand back up after being knocked down.  When we feel like we’re nothing more than a screw up, let Jesus take us by the hand and lift us up.  Proverbs 24:16:

“For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.” (NIV)

When we fall, we need to stand back up.  God is always there to help up get off the mat and back into the fight.  Getting and keeping our lives right with God is difficult work.  It is likely that we will fall at times, but it’s when we stand back up that we show that we are willing to do what it takes to get our lives right.  Through the blood of Christ we can receive uncountable second chances.

With all of that being said, don’t you think Mike Tyson deserves a second chance?  Because…I think we all do.


Comments on: "Never Beyond Standing Back Up" (13)

  1. Great post! I love your boxing analogy of getting “back up when we get knocked down.” Thanks for the reminder!

    • Thank you very much. When I sat down to write this, I didn’t know what I would write about, so I just let my heart guide me. Thanks for the kind words! :-)

  2. Found you through POTSC. Rock on, Andrew. I, too, resonate with how it’s really hard sometimes to keep getting back up after falling down. And when you fall time after time after time, well, I’ve felt like it wasn’t worth it more than once before. But when a public figure who rough and tough can still keep going… now That’s a challenge.

  3. This is great Andrew.

    Love this, “but it’s when we stand back up that we show that we are willing to do what it takes to get our lives right.”

    We have to make the choice to accept the second chances we’re given.

    • Yes, we do. If we don’t accept God’s gift, then all we can do is wallow in self-pity. And that’s no place for Children of the Most High God!

      Thanks for the comment!

  4. Thank you for sharing the grace.

  5. I am so thankful for second chances & being washed new… forgiveness is a gift, so often I have looked at it through guilt instead of seeing it as freedom.

    Thank you for your post, Andrew!

  6. Your words inspire. God is The God of Second Chances for all of us, even the Mike Tyson’s of this world.

  7. Andrew, this is a great post! How you tied it all together with the boxing analogy is so fitting! And how true it is that God is always right there, ready to help us back up so that we can continue to fight.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog this week! I appreciate the feedback!

    • Hey, no problem. I’m enjoying visiting new blogs for POTSC! It’s a great time.

      And it’s true, God is always there, more than willing to give us a helping hand.

      Thank you for visiting.

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