When I learned that this week’s Never Beyond topic was Mike Tyson my first question of myself was, “What am I ever going to write about Mike Tyson?” But I quickly realized how much he reminds me of Peter, even with the exception of severing an opponent’s ear.
Mike Tyson, a man who has done it all and had it all – and lost it all. From rape to drugs. Infidelity to throwing punches outside the ring.
A man with a quick temper. Stubborn. Slow to think of the consequences of his actions. A man who has lost his plethora of financial well-being and his daughter to accidental death.
A man who has experienced glory and defeat.
When I see the parallelisms between Mike Tyson and Peter I realize that Iron Mike is never beyond the second chances of God’s grace and mercy. If Peter – a man who also had a quick temper, was stubborn, slow to think, and denied the fact that he even knew Jesus – was specifically given a second chance and that second chance reaffirmed, how much more is a man like Mike Tyson worthy of a second chance not only by God, but by mankind?
And this gives me hope.