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When 30 Seconds Changes Your Life Forever

Posted on September 11, 2014 by Phil Courson

The story and video of Ray Rice has been on the forefront for the last couple of months, but the new video has our society in an uproar. I totally understand why people are upset and continue to post things on social media.

But I find myself thinking about many things concerning this story of Ray Rice, his current wife Janay Palmer, the NFL and our society at large in a 2 part series.

First, Ray Rice and his wife, Janay! During his public apology, Ray said,”I let so many people down because of 30 seconds of my life that I know I can’t take back…” Imagine…30 seconds changes your life forever! He will be forever known as the man punching and knocking out his girlfriend (now wife). He will not be known for what he did on the field at Rutgers University or with the Baltimore Ravens. Imagine – 30 seconds changes your life forever!

His life is forever changed and his future as a provider for his family is in serious jeopardy. We don’t know if some NFL team will take him back down the road, or what company would ever hire him. Imagine…30 seconds changes your life forever!

Knowing these things, I would imagine that Ray and Janay are battling many thoughts. “What about our future? What about our family, and us? To where do we turn for help? Who can we trust? Where are all our friends?” So many questions, and hardly any answers.

It is these thoughts that drive me to pray for Ray, Janay and their family. I pray that this event will lead them to the gospel of Jesus Christ. I pray that rather than trusting in themselves, they would trust God both now and with their future. I pray that Jesus would come and make Himself real to them, and that they would know that Jesus could change their lives for the better.

I pray that someone close will share the gospel with them and they would become a godly man and woman, husband and wife, father and mother, and lead their family well. I pray that they will understand that God forgives men and women for their sins, and that they could become part of His chosen family.

I pray that they will understand that the church of Jesus Christ is made up of people who are not perfect, but are sinners – just like them. People who were adulterers, homosexuals, thieves, drunkards, murders and yes, even people who have committed domestic violence.

You see, I pray that Ray and Janay would spend 30 seconds to repent and trust Jesus, because in doing so, that 30 seconds will change their life – forever.

It did mine, how about you?!