My favorite quarterback of all time is Rodger Staubach. Didn’t matter if they we’re 3 touchdown’s down, they were never out of the game. I love comeback stories. I think of great men’s failures and how they preceded great accomplishments. From Lincoln, to Churchill, Bethany Hamilton, to Kurt Warner, Grant, to MacArthur, Iaccoca, to Jobs. A man who doesn’t quit makes a great comeback story.
I have three living uncles all excellent businessmen, and prosperous. When I was young two of them went disastrously broke. It took one of them 10 years to recover and the other 15 years but they both made it back, and gloriously so.
I like to watch men fight their way back. Their lives, their stories/memories give us courage. If they’re in your life, all the better as you get to personally watch a man who has achieved some level of greatness deal with the humiliation of defeat, loss, community shaming, shunning, and even worse the self imposed shame, regret, and self hatred that wants to grab a hold of you, pull you under and keep you there.
Failure comes in many forms. Sexually, financially, relationally, and often all at once. Monday night is full of comeback stories. Everyone who has been in the room any amount of time has one, and knows many others. Testimonies of men who have done it will give you hope to know you can do it too. Find those men and let their lives, their words, their actions encourage you, pull you out, wash you off, and set you on your way.
Right now as we speak you are living out your own story and experiencing the comeback story of the man next to you at the same time. Short term stories I like, long term stories, I love. Enjoy the current ones but savor the ones that took many years to get there. Stand up and give that man a hand.
Jesus is the ultimate comeback story. He is living inside of us and will finish what he started. That’s a promise. Philippians 1:6 Stay in the game, don’t quit and you’ll make a comeback that will echo in eternity.