This past summer Cris Carter was inducted into the Hall of Fame — an honor well deserved. However, it didn’t look like he was headed in that direction after his first few seasons in the NFL. Carter was a talented receiver, but his early career suffered because of “off the field issues,” mainly related to drug abuse.
After being cut by the Eagles, he was picked up by the Vikings. About this time, Cris got serious about following Christ. In Minnesota he began the process of turning things around personally and professionally. And what a turn-around it was: He went on to play in 8 consecutive Pro-Bowls, and broke several receiving records, becoming one of only a handful of receivers with more than 1000 career receptions.
In an interview a few days before his Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Cris had this to say:
“I wish I had done everything right. I have regrets. And when you’ve got a dark chapter in your life, people will try to make that the final chapter in your life. But it doesn’t have to be. For me, when it got the darkest, I said ‘this is not going to be the end of my book.’ I was able to start making decisions and start doing the right things,
and one happened after another…”
Some days it may appear that you’re at the end of your book, that the way things are today are the way things will always. Don’t believe it. There are chapters yet to be written. Even today you can begin making decisions to change the outcome of your story.
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18-19
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11