3 Major Reasons Why Everyone Deserves a Second Chance (Including You!)

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Let’s begin with this, who’s even perfect?

Please raise your hand if you’re that perfect sanctimonious guy or lady. I am not a perfect person and do not pretend to be. And so, very often recognize my shortcomings.

Why do we even go about judging others, when if we are truthful enough to thoroughly examine ourselves, may turn out worse than the people we are judging?

Giving others the benefit of the doubt to start afresh, should be a fundamental human right (that is in my opinion anyway). But, I totally believe that we should give other people the opportunity to turn over a new leaf if they so desire. And here is why.

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I collaborate with an organization that works with victims of addiction and substance abuse/overdose. I hear stories of dejection, depression, and frustration.

But, I also hear stories of true repentance and the desire to start life afresh. I see people willing to throw the dirtiness of their past away and begin with a clean slate.

And every day, I am encouraged to continue to do what I do, when I see the impact of a change of heart in these people. Instead of writing people off as wasted or “good for nothing”, we should give them the opportunity to restart their lives.

So Why Should We Give People Second Chances?

  1. Because we also deserve one. Whoever said we were blameless, and not in need of second chances ourselves? None of us is perfect, and would never be. The ability to see others from this perspective should make it easier to allow them the opportunity to turn the corner. So many people were pushed into vices they had no control over, due to the harsh circumstances of life. However, once there is a genuine conviction to start afresh, we should be gracious enough to allow them the space to prove themselves.
  2. Because change is the only constant thing in life. Everyone can change and have a fresh start if we allow them to. But, much of this stems from our willingness to see that in them. Never write anyone off as “over”, because it’s not over until it’s over. People can genuinely change, and add value to others. We shouldn’t place ourselves as judges over other people’s lives. Drug addicts can change. Militants can change. Terrorists can change, and porn addicts can also change. Everyone, irrespective of how far gone they are in the dungeon, can turn the corner and become better citizens of society. We just need to be more tolerant and accepting of this fact.
  3. Because no one was ever born empty. Circumstances may derail us for a bit, but with the right environment, tools, and resources, we can all maximize and live to fulfill our God-given potentials. Do not stand in the way of others. We all were born with unique gifts that can make this world a better place. The fact that we strayed away from the right path due to life’s unfavorable circumstances, doesn’t mean we cannot make good use of those gifts when the right opportunity shows up. So, rather than become a hindrance to others, why not become an enhancer? Whenever possible, we should help nurture to bring out the best in others, instead of totally writing them off.

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But How Would You know Someone is Ready for a Second Chance?

Commitment, passion, and dedication to change should be the watch-word. Look out for these attributes, when next you consider giving someone a second chance!

In wrapping this up,

People may miss the mark on the first try. But, allowing them a second chance may be all that is required to unearth their God-given potentials. Do not stand in their way!

To your continued success. Cheers!!!

Evi Abada



3 Comments Add yours

  1. Joshua Shea says:

    So well said, and a message I wish people would teach their kids. I needed a second chance and thankfully some people gave it to me, but it also shocked me some of the people who wouldn’t. I find myself sometimes thinking, “If you ever end up in a spot like I was and you need a second chance and you come crawling back to me….I’ll accept you.” We need to model the behavior we want to see in the world.

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    1. Evi Abada says:

      Thank you so much Joshua for reading my article and for your thoughtful comments. Your response totally inspires me and I appreciate it!

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