Comebacks are possible; in fact, they happen all the time. Yet, if you have had a setback, a comeback may seem impossible to you. Life is full of setbacks, no matter who you are. Financial problems, health issues, divorce, loss of a loved one — these and many more visit all of us. The challenge is how you can overcome your setback. How do you take a setback and make a comeback?

A comeback will always begin with change. If you want a comeback you are going to have to change. Unless you change what you presently are doing or not doing, things are going to remain the same; there will be no comeback. You have to be willing to do things differently from what you’ve done up to this point. Change happens when you receive new information or gain new knowledge — this is a change of mind. Change happens when you get a new attitude, when you decide that your way of thinking is going to change — this is a change of heart. Change always happens when choose to be committed — this will change your future.

A man lost his job after many years of working for the same company. Without a job he could not afford a place to live so he moved from Baltimore to Richmond to live with his sister. She drove long haul trucks and was gone for extended periods of time. While she was gone the police came to the house and told the man that the house was being foreclosed. He had a truck and put all his belonging in the truck and lived in the truck as well. One day the engine lit on fire and his truck and belongings were destroyed. His setback was so devastating to him that he gave up twelve years of sobriety and began drinking again. He ultimately ended up at a homeless shelter.

The staff began to help him so he could get a full time job. He started to attend AA meetings and work on his sobriety. He opened himself up to what God could do in his life. God specializes in second chances, in new beginnings, in comebacks. As his hope was being restored, his confidence was being regained and he was able to get recertified as an automobile mechanic. Today he has a good job, a nice place to live and is well on his way in his comeback.

Comeback stories are inspiring and cause us to believe there is hope for our comeback. There have been many great comebacks throughout history. But there are certain comebacks that simply stand apart from all others because of their greatness.


Sometimes even the best need rest. When MJ retired from basketball he took his chance at professional baseball. However, after a MLB player strike, Jordan knew it was time to return to the court. With many critics saying he was past his prime, Jordan took the Bulls to the playoffs AND proceeded to bring the city of Chicago its second 3-peat under his reign.


Robert had great success at an early age including an Academy Award nomination for the 1992 film, Chaplin. But between 1996-2001 he was arrested numerous times on drug-related charges. His setbacks led to probation, jail time and court ordered drug rehabilitation. After five years of setbacks he decided to have a comeback. He now has the led role in two widely successful movie franchises, Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes. Today Downey is one of the most popular actors in Hollywood.


When he refused to be drafted into the armed forces, the boxing hero was banned from the sport in all of the American states, forcing him to take a three year hiatus from the ring. However, Ali came back with a vengeance. He took part in what is now known as “The Fight Of The Century” against Joe Frazier and eventually worked his way back to the top of the boxing world.24

Many consider Lincoln the greatest president in American history. He led the country through it greatest moral and military crisis, essentially saved the country from destruction and directed it toward restoration. Lincoln grew up in meager circumstances, failed at business twice and had what most would call a nervous breakdown. He lost when he ran for Congress, lost twice when he ran for the Senate and lost as a vice presidential candidate. Lincoln was then elected the 16th president of the United States, led the country to reconciliation and won re-election. His leadership acumen, political skill and outstanding speeches

Good Luck,

                                With love…



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