The Comeback Kid In Us All

Posted by Kaley Thompson I live in Charlotte, home to the Nascar hall of fame.  If you ask any fan around town what their favorite part of the race is, they’re sure to tell you it’s when their driver makes a comeback. When the race is tight, they’ve settled into the fact that they aren’t going to take home the win. But then, out of nowhere, comes their drivers car flying up from the back to gain on the lead. The fans go wild and they cheer louder than they have the whole race to see a victory for the comeback racer.

Whether it’s Nascar, Daniel and the Lions Den or Cinderella finding her prince, it’s as if we were created to celebrate comebacks. Throughout history, we’ve been writing these stories and cheering for teams just to see the underdog overcome their obstacles and accomplish something that never seemed possible.  So why do we enjoy the comebacks so much?  Why is it that there is even more hype in seeing the underdog score than seeing a perfect team win? Because there’s a comeback kid in us all.

We’ve all messed up.  We’ve fallen to the back of the race. We’ve hit rock bottom and don’t know how to climb out. We’ve found love and lost ourselves. So when we see people taking small steps to get back into the lead, climb out and win their race, we cheer. We celebrate. Because it was and is still hard but it’s in the risk of taking a second chance that we gain the strength we need to succeed.

Michael Jordan, considered one of the best basketball players in history, once didn’t make his high school basketball team.  He said, "I think that not making the Varsity team drove me to really work at my game, and also taught me that if you set goals, and work hard to achieve them—the hard work can pay off.”  In hindsight, not making the team made Jordan learn skills that he may have never gained other wise. And, just like Jordan, these setbacks become our set ups for success. They make us stronger, wiser and we're better for coming back from behind.

If you’re in the middle of a comeback or you’re stuck in a set back, remember that people are cheering for you.  In Hebrews 12, the Bible talks about us being surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses, faith giants, who believe in us as we look to Jesus.  You can finish this race strong.  You can win.  You are loved and believed in and you can do great things. You, comeback kid, were born for this.

Kaley Thompson is the chief storyteller at People of the Second Chance. She lives in Charlotte, NC and wears a sparkly motorcycle helmet.

kaley thompson