Every year, both the National and American Leagues select a “Comeback Player of the Year.” Typically, this is a player whose previous season was marred by injuries, relegation to the Minor Leagues, or some other difficulty that rendered them ineffective as a Big League Player. Clearly, no one really wants to win a Comeback Player award, since it means the previous season was no good. However, I’m thankful for an award that recognizes the second chances given to guys who need it.

I’m one of those guys. No, I’m not making a comeback as a player. I’m talking about life. I need second chances, and so do you.

Proverbs 9:6–“Forsake your folly and live, and proceed in the way of understanding” (NASB).

There’s your comeback trail: repent. Some reading this have seen their individual lives marred by poor and sinful decisions. Some have seen their careers as coaches ruined by how they’ve acted. Some have wasted their talent as players. You may or may not get another chance to be successful as a coach or player, but your Savior offers you a new start today in life.

Repent, forsake foolish ways, and find life in Jesus. From there, proceed in the way of truth and understanding, but not your own truth and understanding (that’s what got you into the mess in the first place). Instead, move forward by the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Another chance. A comeback. That’s what Jesus offers you. New life that you won’t find, even if you made it to the Big Leagues. Jesus gives you more than that. The comeback he offers is eternal and it also has immediate benefits.

Here’s a prayer:

Lord Jesus, I can’t make a comeback on my own. I’ve proven that. My decisions and sinful nature have ruined me. I need you and nothing else to make me new and to make me whole again. Today, I repent and turn to you. Amen.