Making A Huge Comeback
By: Kristen L. McNulty
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With the Olympics the stories that stand out and that we remember decades from now often aren't ones about gold medals.
It's the team down two goals with three minutes left who make a giant comeback to win the game.
It's the bobsledders who crash half way down the course the, only to get up to walk the rest of the way down.
It's the figure skater who falls on a jump and rises like nothing happened to finish their routine to a cheering crowd.
There's something remarkable about someone who falls or fails, but refuses to stay down.
Is that going to be your story? You may have made mistakes and spent more time flat on your face than you have on your feet, but that doesn't change who God is and what He can do in your life! God is in the redemption business and we see over and over again in the bible stories of lives He redeemed when they realized their faults and turned to Him.
Like when God took Saul, the very man who persecuted and killed believers, and turned him into Paul, the greatest evangelist of his time.
Or when God took Peter, the same man who denied Christ three times and used him to start the early church.
Or even in the life of David, a man the man whose mistakes were plenty, yet God still used Him to lead the chosen nation and start a dynasty.
That's the story of grace, the gospel of not just forgiveness, but also of redemption. God uses the weak, the ones who have failed, and the ones who had run out of second chances long ago.
When we admit our mistakes and choose to get up after falling, the same God who sent the beauty of a rainbow after the destructive force of a flood is going to come into your life and do some of His best redemption work. Maybe He'll place your feet upon a new path. Maybe He'll completely put back together what you thought had permanently fallen apart. Maybe He'll use your story to touch the hearts and lives of others. Or maybe He's got something else in store for you completely- it doesn't matter.
What does matter is we follow a God who does some of His best work in the greatest messes that mankind has been known to make. Nothing or no one is beyond the repair of the Master Carpenter and King of the comebacks.
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