After falling twice during his performance in Friday’s free skate program, Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu thought that he had blown his chance at winning an Olympic gold medal in men’s figure skating. He later confided, “I thought the gold medal was not in my hands.”
However, it turned out that Hanyu’s effort was good enough for first place in the Sochi Olympics. Other competitors failed to take advantage of the opportunity to move up in the standings, and Hanyu became the first Japanese man to ever win the Olympic gold medal in this event.
Some people think that they are losers in God’s eyes because they have taken a bad fall or two. They worry that they have been disqualified from winning the prize of salvation. Good news! Our God is a God of second chances. The Bible is filled with people who messed up badly—Moses, Rahab, David, Peter, and Paul, to name a few—yet ended up being winners for God.
Don’t let your mistakes keep you down. Get back up and keep going. God’s mercies are new every day. And the award podium in heaven will be a much more rewarding experience than anyone has ever felt on Earth!
“But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”—1 Corinthians 15:57.