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3.16.2012

A GOD OF SECOND CHANCES

Having had a very rough night last night, I sat on the couch with a heating pad on my abdomen this morning.  I was supposed to be at work, but with one hour of sleep and issues still ensuing, I stayed home.  Even if I am home during the day I just don't turn the TV on.  It bores me.  But today, as I reclined with bad posture on the couch and the heating pad, I powered on the TV.  We must have closed out last night's TV viewing on the A&E channel.  It was what appeared on the screen presently.  The network was currently in the middle of airing one of its shows, "Dog, The Bounty Hunter".  I had seen a bit of this show some years back.  Before I turned the channel to something else though, I began to watch the remainder of the episode.  Anything on TV in the reality series category, though real life, is still "doctored" for the viewing audience.  You know - entertainment value.  Dog, a bounty hunter from Hawaii, and his family are hired to hunt down those who have broken the agreement of their bail bond.  Dog and his family have very colorful lives and pasts; prison time, family deaths, children out of wedlock, divorces, troubled children, etc....  Of course that all makes for part of the drama and probably part of their over the top appearances too.  What I found very interesting though was Dog's (Duane is his real name) spiritual side.  In the two episodes I watched (yes, I never did change the channel but got sucked in!) he initiated prayer with his family/employees before heading out to track down an errant client.  Those prayers not only included asking for God's help in locating and bringing the person in, but safety for all those involved including the one being hunted.  I also noted that when the person was apprehended, Dog shared about the God of second chances with them.  Several times he also prayed with the perpetrator before delivering them to jail.  It seems those who much grace has been given are more apt to give grace to others.  You could see that in Dog very clearly.  I got a sense that Dog/Duane had a life changing experience with Christ.  He prayed to God in Jesus' name.  He spoke with grace, directness and a plea to become the person God intended for them to be.  Time and time again he told those caught that if they were going to make a deal with God they also needed to man up and keep their end of the bargain. Some of those headed to incarceration had fear in their eyes and took his words inside.  Others were not ready to hear that truth and walked defiantly back into the prison system.  Duane wrote an autobiography in 2007 and then a follow-up book in 2009 entitled, Where Mercy Is Shown, Mercy Is Given which chronicles his desire to be a better man, father, leader, a man of his word and a man of second chances.  Drama I can live without.  But realism sucks me in every time.  The heating pad grew cold twice while I was riveted to the show and read about the background of this man and his family.  I too was a by-product of a God of second chances.  I understood Dog.

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