In the 1929 Rose Bowl, the California Bears played Georgia Tech. Late in the second quarter, Georgia fumbled on its own 33 yard line.
A California lineman, Roy Riegels scooped up the ball, spun around and raced toward the goal line. Just before he reached the end zone one of his own teammates tackled him. Roy Riegels had run 67 yards in the wrong direction.
At half-time, the big lineman sat off by himself and cried as he thought about the mistake he had made. As the team filed out for the second half, the coach walked over to him, patted him on the shoulder and said, “Come on, Roy. The game is only half over.”
Roy did go back out and played with determination as he helped his team beat Georgia Tech.
In John 8, a woman who had made a mistake was brought to Jesus. The Jews wanted Jesus to condemn her. Instead He told her, “Neither do I condemn you; go your way. From now on sin no more.” (John 8:11) We all make mistakes, but thankfully God forgives us and allows us to try again.
Even if you’ve made a mistake, stay in the game, but make sure you are living within the light and under the blood of Christ as you live this great lesson of life.