Recently, Nike resigned Michael Vick to a very lucrative contract after it ending it with him in 2007. The news was every bit a major news story on Friday.
In case you’re not clear on the facts:
- Vick was once the highest paid player in the NFL
- Vick served 18 months in prison and 2 months in home confinement after pleading guilty to a dog fighting operation in 2007
- Vick signed with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009
- Vick started in this year’s NFL Pro Bowl game
“Michael acknowledges his past mistakes,” said Nike spokesman Derek Kent. “We do not condone those actions, but we support the positive changes he has made to better himself off the field.”
What is mind boggling to me is how amazing people are quick to ridicule and ostracize a person when they’ve done wrong. However, when the individual has acknowledged their wrong doing and paid a penalty, for some it just isn’t good enough.
I have heard numerous sports casters attempt to confine him to his past dealings that sent him to prison for 18 months. Really? The man did his time, publicly admitted that what he did was not right, has made major improvements of his character, and for some this still isn’t enough.
To paraphrase one recent comment I heard on an international sports show “it’s too much, too fast- he (Michael Vick) needs to slow down.” What?
Who gets to determine when people release you from their grip? You do. That’s right! You and I have the power to release ourselves from the opinions of others and be all we are destined to be.
I could write more but I’ll leave you with this thought. God is in the restoration business. He specializes in turn around projects-like me….and like you.
We must be willing to show mercy and extend grace.
As it relates to Michael Vick and his contract…the bible is clear in Joel 2:25 about getting your stuff back.
Joel 2:25 NLT The Lord says, “I will give you back what you lost
to the swarming locusts, the hopping locusts,
the stripping locusts, and the cutting locusts.
It was I who sent this great destroying army against you.
The next time we think about grace and restoration sing this song.