Many 'Second Chances'

Thursday, November 29

Personally being given a second chance in life is a great feeling. It rejuvenates my attitude towards any given situation.

In fact, my attitude towards seemingly discouraging situations sometimes is the problem.

I hit a snag at work recently, I was receiving phone calls with clients making complaints and they needed help. My mind blanked out for some time. I simply couldn't think of a way to help.

After speaking with my superior, it just dawned on me - I had my perspective all wrong.

I had tuned into "I-CANT" instead of "HOW-CAN-I"  help station.

That there was my second chance to redeem myself. Long story short, I managed to help even more than I had perceived I could.

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Andrew M Greeley said, "We're given second chances every day of our life. We don't usually take them, but they're there for the taking"

Every day is a second chance

It might be cliché, but it's true. Everyday you wake up, you have a second chance at life. A second chance to live life better, and to do things better.

You get a second chance to forgive.

You can choose to love better.

Tell the people you love that you love them. More than telling them show them.

Forgive those that have wronged you. Give them a second chance.

I know we know that we are also imperfect, and sooner or later, we will need to be forgiven.

Failure is not fatal and Success is not final

Winston Churchill said that, I think he was talking about second chances.

It takes courage to stand up and dust yourself off from a failure with lessons.

It takes even more courage to walk away from perceived success knowing that there are more battles to be conquered.

Live right with God

If there is any one I know who is more gracious and merciful, it is God.

If you are looking for a second chance, I can't think of anyone better to look to than God.

Excerpted from Nehemiah 9:31-32 (MSG)
But when they called out for help in their troubles
    you listened from heaven;
And in keeping with your bottomless compassion
    you gave them saviors:
Saviors who saved them
    from the cruel abuse of their enemies.
But as soon as they had it easy again
    they were right back at it—more evil.
So you turned away and left them again to their fate,
    to the enemies who came right back.
They cried out to you again; in your great compassion
    you heard and helped them again.
    This went on over and over and over. 

Do you need a second chance? What are second chances to you? Leave a comment below and share about the many second chances we have in life.

P.S. I lost a friend earlier yesterday. He inspired this post.


  1. I've had so many second chances and redemptions in my life that I can't begin to count. My family is one for sure. My entire business is another example. I see true miracles by just being held together while the world and the enemy seeks to destroy us and all we hold dear. The things that we hold dear tend to be less materialistic after so many redemptions and second chances.

    I like your change in perspective to be able to open your mind to help by thinking outside the box... That is the trait of leaders...

  2. This is really encouraging, Maureen. It inspires me to get out there and try again! I'm so thankful God continues to give us second chances.

  3. God continues and will continue to give us many more second chances, I am thankful too. Everyday is a chance we can take to not let failure be final. Lets try again Barb. I am encouraged too.

    Thanks for reading and sharing.

  4. Wow such a testimony Floyd. I too can't count how many times I've been redeemed.
    It's true, material things fade because second with each new chance there are opportunities to value what really matters.

    I am humbled by your words and honesty. I love helping others think and I am thankful God gives the inspiration. Thanks for your insights Floyd.

  5. So sorry about the loss of your friend.

    I love how you've ended the post "If you are looking for a second chance, I can't think of anyone better to look to than God." Man may write us off but God doesn't. He always gives us a second chance.

  6. I appreciate the comforting words Ngina. God never writes us off. We can truly depend on Him.

    Thanks for sharing.

  7. God bless you sister for your heart of wisdom and compassion...A BIG HUG... I laugh at almost everything, and I believe you do that also.. Even when I am sad, I will find something to laugh about.. For the joy of the Lord is our strength,, Praise the Lord for second chances and knowing who we are in Him....Hey, as Christians we cannot loose. We are here on earth with God, or in Heaven with Him...I call that winning. Much love sent to you to day.

    Crystal Mary Lindsey, Australia.

  8. Hi Crystal,

    Amen to that. The joy of the LORD is our strength. I receive the HUG, and one to you sis.

    Yes, we find peace in the knowledge that we are loved by God. It doesn't matter how we feel, just that we know that we are loved.

    Much love to you too.

  9. We all need a second chance every once in a while. Love your statement, "Failure is not fatal and Success is not final."

  10. Such a great line you have shared -- may we notice the second chances we are given daily and take them. Thanks for stopping by and reading Dan.


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