Too Bad to Change?
Theyíre one of the worst teams in professional sports.
They play their
games in a half-filled arena and are rumored to be
struggling just to pay
their players. Not only do they lose games, they lose money
as well: $4
million just last year. Times are so tough that a group of
banded together and held a telethon just to keep the team
say the team is worth less than any other team in its
league. What possible
future could a basement-dwelling bunch like this have?
After all, donít you
eventually just get too bad to change?
Actually no. The year was 1992, and the team was, in fact,
Pacers. One year later, the Pacers were almost sold to a
group of Canadian investors (how does "Toronto Pacers"
sound?) before beginning a steady
turnaround which led to several divisional championships and
appearance in the NBA finals. Today, the Pacers are worth
more than four
times their value of eight years ago and are a recognized
powerhouse in the
NBA. Quite a turnaround.
A house can reach the point of no return, a state of
disrepair so advanced
that it is actually less expensive to tear it down and start
car can become so rust-eaten and unsafe that repairing it
more than buying a new one. A lawn can become so
weed-infested that the
most logical solution is to spray herbicide on everything,
weeds and grass, and start over next spring. Most things in
this life can
become so run-down that repairing them is actually more
expensive and more
time-consuming than just throwing them away and buying a new
one. Most things....
But not human beings. When you and I give up on people, God
is still willing to
give them another chance. When we write people off as
says "No problem, I've handled worse before." When we give
up on ourselves,
concluding that we are too bad to ever change, God says
"Wait a minute. I
made you and I still see what you can become. You canít
but I can change you if you will let me."
God is in the people-changing business. Heís never met one
yet that he couldn't fix.
[ Author Unknown -- from Mark Phillips ]
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