Start Over!

San Francisco 49ers v Philadelphia Eagles

“I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”  Philippians 3:13-14, New Living Translation

Starting Over.  It’s something we all need to do.  Michael Vick’s story is one of new beginnings.  Yes, I am an Eagles (pronounced Iggles) fan.  Eagles all the way baby! But aside from my allegiance, I root for Michael Vick because his is truly a rags-to-riches back to rags and then to redemption story. Everybody, at some point in their life, needs a new beginning. Everybody can use a fresh start. So start over.  Start over today.

Summary and excerpts from the Book, Finally Free, by Michael Vick: An Autobiography, with Rodney Gardiner (Narrator), Tony Dungy (Foreword)

One of the most talented and polarizing athletes of our generation, Michael Vick’s stunning story has captured news headlines across the nation. From his poverty-stricken youth, to his success on the field in high school and college, to his rise to NFL stardom and his fall from grace, Finally Free shows how a gifted athlete’s life spiraled out of control under the glare of money and fame, aided by his own poor choices. In his own words, Vick details his regrets, his search for forgiveness, the moments of unlikely grace — and the brokenness that brought his redemption on the way to his celebrated return to the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles.

“Michael shared with me how he had drifted away from the Christian faith in which his grandmother had raised him. I gave him a little advice that my Dad had passed on to me years ago.  ‘When you have a problem, don’t dwell on where you are but spend your energy thinking about how you’re going to make the situation better.’

Finally Free tells an amazing story.  It’s not all pretty, but it’s real.  If you’re like me – if you’ve ever done something in your life you wish you could take back – it will encourage you to learn that we serve a God of second chances. The story is not complete by any means, but this book will let you know why I’m so proud of Michael Vick and honored to call him a friend – because he has made the later chapters of his life better than the earlier ones.

And isn’t that what life’s all about?”

Tony Dungy

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