I'm sure you've seen the videos of the homeless guy with the "golden voice". If not, check out this link...it sums up the story so far.
It's a pretty powerful story of second (and third, fourth, fifth, etc.) chances. We all make mistakes, but at some point, are we willing to take responsibility for them and do something with the life God has continued to bless us with or will we mope around feeling sorry for ourselves. Ted decided he had to start somewhere to get his life back on the right track, even if it meant holding a sign at a stoplight. In the interviews I've seen he's seemed sincere and incredibly thankful for anything. Sure, he could be putting on a show to make a buck, but I like to give people the benefit of the doubt.
Jesus is an amazing example of making things happen. Everywhere He went He gave people second chances. He gives you and I second, third, innumerable chances. The question is what are we going to do with those chances?
Ephesians 5:15-16, "Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity..."
Take a look around you at what your opportunities look like today. What has God given you and what will you do with it? Have fun serving the Kingdom. Stay strong.