12 February 2010

Second chances


"Road Trip 2010"
Originally uploaded by bobmendo
My son's commercial, airing now on Channel 10 in Australia, is advertising a segment of "So you think you can dance." For those who don't know about the show, here's how it works. Dancers try out in many cities around the country, in October and November. The selectors and judges choose 100 people from all the cities to come to Sydney for the "Top 100" shows. That's the show which is aired each January on the television.

Then after the first three shows are aired, the "Top 20" are selected (by de-selecting the other 80). Then each week, 2 more dancers lose and the show culls the Top 10, and finally Australia's Best Dancer. That's how the season works.

So what Nate is talking about on this video clip is that "Top 20" dancers who lose one week will join him on this road trip, and teach others on the road. So although they lose, they get a second chance (and maybe more) to be on the show.

That's really a great idea.

But wait, there's more. The folks on the road, who will meet Nate, his crew, and the others are also being given a second chance. You see, some of them might have been those who tried out and auditioned in Perth or Adelaide. And then got knocked out of the tryouts. But now they are being given a 2nd chance.

I like that.

I like second chances.

God is the God of the second chance. And third chance. And more chances than you ever deserved. He's a generous, merciful and loving Creator. Consider Jonah the prophet. He was called from Joppa (Israel) to preach the message from God to the people of Nineveh. He chose to go elsewhere and as a result got in trouble, swallowed by a whale, well, you might have heard that story.

That said, you should know that the story doesn't end there. The prophet from inside the whale began to think/ rethink the go/ don't go thing and changed his mind. God had given Jonah another chance, and he was able to turn around, make the message clear and saw the Ninevites come to faith, including the king of Nineveh, who arose from his throne, laid aside his robe from him, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat on the ashes.

The Bible says, "The LORD sustains all who fall, And raises up all who are bowed down." (Psa. 145.14) So when you fall, it's still not over. There's more chance. Come on, reach up, God raises up those who are down and (not) out!

This isn't only about dancing. It's not only about television. It's about your life. Maybe you had everything going and then it fell apart. Maybe you had a great relationship, now it's gone. But wait, there's more. It's not (necessarily) over.

Look up, God's hand is reaching out to you. Trust Him. Reading this blog could be the beginning of the next chance for you.

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If you want more on this, from a man we respect at Jews for Jesus Australia, see Robinson

3 comments:

Brian Clack said...

So Bob, I'm a bit surprised. What about the verse in 1 John that says "Do not love the world or anything in the world"? Doesn't it seem that your son's activities promote "loving the things of the world"? Such as fame, glamour, "cool", and so on?

Don't we need a lot more Christians out there who demonstrate loud and clear that the pleasures of the world, and the things valued by the world, are to be despised?

Bob said...

Hi Brian, of course, the world and the Lord are often at odds. What about 'second chances' glorifies the world? Or are you speaking about the show itself? I'm not a show promoter, but merely using the activities of the television show to discuss what I think is in the heart of the Lord for all people. Did I get that part right?

Bob said...

For those who want to read the sermon I wrote after this blog's ideas, download and read it here

Second Chance

Thanks.