There are times in sports when a great athlete or coach has grown stale in a particular location, and would benefit from a fresh start. This was true with Joe Torre, who had managed with several teams, most recently the Cardinals, when he took the reins of the Yankees in New York. The success he had in the Bronx was overwhelming compared to his somewhat average results in previous managerial roles. But, a fresh start in a new opportunity proved him to be in the right place at the right time.
All of us have moments when we have experienced failure or sin or reversal, and have needed a fresh start. David did—after his sin with Bathsheba. His fresh start began in Psalm 51. What did David do to receive a fresh start? He turned to God who forgives and recognized a few things…
- Recognized God’s compassion (Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions. Psalm 51:1)
- Recognized his need of cleansing (Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity And cleanse me from my sin. Psalm 51:2)
- Recognized his sin for what it was (For I know my transgressions, And my sin is ever before me. Psalm 51:3)
- Recognized his sin had offended God (Against You, You only, I have sinned And done what is evil in Your sight, So that You are justified when You speak And blameless when You judge. Psalm 51:4)
God is a God of forgiveness and grace, and a fresh start awaits us—if we will only confess. As John wrote, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9) Join us tomorrow on Sports Spectrum radio as we take a further look at the need for a fresh start in life.
Bill Crowder, Sport Spectrum Chaplain