Christian author Michael Scrogin writes:
We have Halls of Fame all over this country. There's one in Canton, Ohio, for football; one in Springfield, Massachusetts, for basketball; there's one in Cooperstown, New York, for baseball. We have a Halls of Fame for all sorts of sports, and we're forever electing aging athletes to these institutions. Speeches are made in their honor as we give them awards.
If it were up to me to make the decisions, I would have a different sort of Hall of Fame. I would have a Hall of Fame of those who have given and those who have received second and third and 13th chances. This hall would be huge and it would be filled mostly with the names of those who had made it against all odds. I would have a section dedicated especially to those who had been arrested or imprisoned and who later, when they were released, straightened out their lives and didn't go back.
I would set aside an entire wall for recovering alcoholics, who'd been up against a devastating disease, who’d hit bottom, but who'd climbed back out. I’d set aside one whole building for teenagers because every teenager needs at least 100 second chances.
All those who come to God in faith are inducted into just such a Hall of Fame. When we stand before the Bema Seat of Christ, we’ll all be handed our “awards” from the God of Second Chances!
“If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person's work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved--even though only as one escaping through the flames” (1 Corinthians 3:12-15).