A.J. McCarron, now a back-up quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals, had a spectacular college football career, leading Alabama to two national titles. It is quite amazing that he is able to play sports at all—or is alive. When he was 5, he was badly hurt in a jet ski accident. It affected his skull, the side of his face and one eye.

Doctors initially told his mother he had two hours to live. Gradually, the prognosis improved a bit to include permanent brain damage and loss of sight, but A.J. pulled through and improved enough eventually to become a world class athlete. McCarron says, “God gave me a second chance. I was going to make the most of it. I feel like I have. I don’t take life for granted.”

Our stories may not be as dramatic as McCarron’s, and they might not be about physical survival. The truth is we all have been given second chances by God, and we should not take that for granted.


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About The Author

A third generation preacher, Mike Shannon is Professor of Preaching at Cincinnati Bible Seminary of Cincinnati Christian University. He has served as a preaching minister, church planter, and college professor. His most recent preaching ministry was at the historic First Christian Church of Johnson City, Tennessee. In his nearly two decades at Cincinnati Christian University, Mike has served as both professor and Dean of the Seminary. He has also been an adjunct professor at Milligan College and Northern Kentucky University. Mike is the author or co-author of several books.

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