Of course the main character, Coach Dale comes to the minuscule town of Hickory hoping for redemption. One out of control moment and the man had ended up on the down side of a slippery slope. Regaining his self esteem eventually comes in second to the depth of commitment to his tiny team. I love this scene:
Myra Fleenor, Coach's nemesis initially, finds redemption and hope despite life choices that previously seemed to bind her to a narrow and unrewarding life.
The town drunk, Shooter, discovers no one is beyond redemption, not even him.
And not to be overlooked is Ollie, the short guy who kept the bench warm for most of the season. His unbelievably winning free throw earned him "fifteen minutes of fame" and redemption from being the guy no one noticed.
Personally, I think we're all looking for redemption of some kind. Maybe it's not substance abuse, or a life-changing mistake, or anonymity. Perhaps it's being redeemed, or freed, from spending too much time on social media, or chocolate, or being addicted to shoe shopping.
Everybody's got something going on. God knows it, so he's not surprised. And he let us know in his word so we wouldn't be surprised, "All have sinned and are not good enough to share God’s divine greatness." (Romans 3:23 ERV)
I love the way The Message explains God's plan for his erring children: "Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people—free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free! He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans he took such delight in making. He set it all out before us in Christ, a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth." (Ephesians 1:7-10 MSG)
If that's not enough to make us jump with joy, I don't know what is! God didn't settle for simply redeeming us from our sin. No matter where we've been or what we've done, freedom through his abundant grace is only a prayer away.