Being a New Yorker, one of the top stories in the area has been the return of WR Plaxico Burress to the NFL. However, Burress did not return to the New York Giants, but now he is a member of the other team in the city, the New York Jets. Head Coach Rex Ryan is hoping that Plax can return to his 2007 form and become their red zone threat and number two receiver that helps Gang Green finally get over the hurdle and reach the Super Bowl.
The last four years have been a roller coaster ride for Burress. In February of 2008, Burress was a hero in New York City when he caught the game winning touchdown in the Super Bowl to defeat the 18-0 New England Patriots. Then, during a potential Super Bowl run in 2009, Burress accidentally shot himself in a Manhattan nightclub. Ultimately, this led him to be sentenced to 20 months in a New York state penitentiary. He has been out of prison since June and now he is ready to turn his life around and become a great football player as well as a good person in society. Even during the last week, the Giants fans I talked to were willing to bring their former receiver back to the roster despite all the turmoil over the past few years.
Even when we make a mistake as Christians, God wants us to know that we can go to Him with our problems. When we slip off the path, our Father still calls His children home. Remember the parable of the Prodigal Son that Jesus told His disciples in the Gospel of Luke.
Both sons receive their share of the property from their father. The younger son goes on a journey and spends all of it and then decides to go home to be his father’s servant after feeding pigs in the country he blew all his money in. When he comes home, his father welcomes him with open arms to the younger son’s surprise with a celebration to the older son’s disappointment. However, the father was just happy that he came home. “It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.’’ (Luke 15:32)
Today, I exhort you to remember that God is our Heavenly Father and even when we are lost in this world, He still tries to find us because we are his precious Children. Jesus Christ is the Good Shepherd and He laid down His life so that the sheep can prosper forever in heaven. Christ will leave the ninety-nine sheep to go find the one that is lost and bring him home! “And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again.” (John 10:16-17)
We at JesusNSports wish Plaxico Burrress the best of luck this upcoming season with the New York Jets and we hope he gets his life back together.