Mike Tyson. What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear that name?
Boxing? Fearless? Robin Givens? Rape? Face tattoo? The Hangover?
Come on, nobody drums to Phil Collins like Mike Tyson!
Seriously…what comes to mind? What about a second chance? Does he deserve one?
I have always found Mike Tyson to be an intriguing individual. He was a fantastic, fearless boxer. Nobody awed and frustrated pay-per-view customers like Tyson. He would lay to waste worthy opponents faster that you could blink. Yet, he has always been troubled. He seemed to have few boundaries in life, whether it be women, anger, or money. When he went to prison for rape in 1992, it seemed like the world had bought into the stereotype of who Mike Tyson had become.
I would venture to guess that few people know the “real Mike Tyson”. I mean the man that God made him to be. I would also suggest that maybe Mike himself no longer believes in that person either. So many people have written him off that it would be understandable to begin believing that person is a pipe dream or is lost forever.
There is always a second chance. There isn’t an individual alive that is too far gone or whose God-given identity is lost forever. Mike Tyson can still live in his God-created purpose. God still believes in Mike Tyson, the Mike Tyson He created. It is not too late.
This isn’t just something people say to hurting people to feel like they’ve helped someone. This is truth. It is real. No one is too far gone. No one is un-salvageable. Every life is sacred to God and built with a purpose that He is eager to see each person embrace.
If you find yourself in a situation where you believe you don’t deserve a second chance, DON’T BELIEVE IT!
Believing that you or someone else is beyond a second chance is believing that God isn’t capable of doing what He has said He will do. Don’t believe it. Never Beyond.
What do you think? Is Mike Tyson deserve a second chance? Why or why not?
This post is part of the blog series “Never Beyond.” People of the Second Chance has launched the Never Beyond Poster Series: 25 posters representing well known historical, current and fictional characters who are believed to have harmed society. This campaign consists of digital and print posters and the full collection will eventually be displayed as a touring art exhibit. The campaign draws out themes of forgiveness, grace and what a pathway to a second chance looks like.
16 responses to “Second chance for Mike Tyson?”
Great thoughts, Jason.Yes, he deserves a second chance, and perhaps he’s taking it now. No one is above forgiveness, and no one is above fresh starts.
Thanks for the comment. I hope Tyson is taking his second chance now too!
Wow I love your perspective on identity. It’s not to late for our “true self”, our God given identity and it’s not to late for Mike Tyson’s either. Grace is what brings us back to it.
Thanks…We only find who we really were meant to be in our relationship to the One who created us.
Nice post Jason. From Mike Tyson’s recent tweets, it sounds like he may just be doing that…embracing his second chance.
Thanks. I hadn’t been following his Twitter feed before yesterday, but they do seem timely!
Your line “God still believes in Mike Tyson, the Mike Tyson He created” brought tears to my eyes. What a statement to hold in one’s heart anytime we come across the whatever “devil” the media decides to hang from the gallows that day.
Kara…isn’t it a great truth to hold onto for ourselves when we lose heart in our own lives? I know for me, it moves me forward to know that God hasn’t given up on me!
“Every life is sacred to God and built with a purpose that He is eager to see each person embrace.” Such beautiful words. If we truly believe it is never to late then we have no choice but to believe that everyone deserves a second chance, no matter what they have done. Great post today!
Thank you for your kind words! Live grace!
“No one is too far gone. No one is un-salvageable.”
This is an amazing and difficult concept sometimes. God loves the worst people alive the same as He loved the best. No on at all is beyond the grace of God!
This is a great post!
Thanks Andrew! Loved your post as well.
“…the Mike Tyson He created” – a Mike Tyson that had nothing to do with what his PR people were hyping, I’m sure. It is hard to listen for the still, small voice telling us who we really are over all of this chatter. Mike seems to have an inkling now that God had a different plan in mind. It will be good to see how that plays out. Thanks for the post.
Thanks for reading Carolyn. I hope Mike follows the Spirit’s leading to discover all God created him to be!
Fantastic post, brother. I’m so thankful for the aggressive forgiveness that has the power to shatter every shackle!