I dare you to move…

I dare you to lift yourself up off the floor
like today never happened  
today never happened before
welcome to the fall out…
 
maybe redemption has stories to tell
maybe forgiveness is right where you fell
where you gonna run to escape from yourself
where you gonna go?
     
Salvation is here…
       
-Lyrics by Switchfoot
    
               
Years ago I ran across a story that’s pretty reminiscent to my own experience. 
        
On January 1, 1929, Georgia Tech played The University of California in The Rose Bowl.  During the game, a player recovered a fumble, became confused, and started to run the ball the wrong way.  Fortunately—a teammate ended up tackling him just before he scored a touchdown for the opposing team.  At halftime, all of the team gathered in the dressing room as is custom—each of them wondering what in the world the coach was gonna say about the big mess up? 
           
The young man sat alone, put a towel over his head, and cried.
          
When the team was ready to take the field for the second half, the coach stunned the team when he announced that the same players who had started the first half would start the second.  As all of the players made their way back out the field the young man who’d made a fool of himself would not budge.  The coach looked back and called him—the young man remained motionless.  After the coach called to him again—the young man looked up and said, Coach, I can’t do it.  I’ve ruined you.  I’ve disgraced The University of California.  I’ve ruined myself.  I can’t face that crowd in the stadium again. 
              
The coach in return simply walked over and put his hand on the player’s shoulder and said—Get up and go back in, the game is only half over.
       
 19 And he said, ‘O man greatly loved, fear not, peace be with you; be strong and of good courage.’ And as he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, ‘Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.’   (Daniel 10:19, ESV)
        
What’s your biggest failure?  None of us are immune to feeling like calling quits a time or two—we’ve all run the ball the wrong way. 
        
Our Coach is putting us back out on the field for the second half.
    
Is it time for you to take off the towel draped over your head and leave your biggest failure at the foot of the Cross?
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