Tuesday, September 17, 2013
* This a repost from last year. It's been on my mind as I'm reading everyone's back to school posts as sports have kicked in, but also because I've began studying the Priscilla Shirer Bible study on Gideon.
Maybe you need to hear it today too.
With school back in session, at our house that also means it's soccer time.
Now that our oldest is in Middle School the time for try outs was upon last week.
My boy made the "B" team, and was glad he did. He's excited to get to play with his friends, and for his school.
But, in our culture it seems that "B" team is no longer acceptable.
If you're not the 'best' then what you're doing doesn't matter.
You would think, from Facebook status updates, twitter feeds, to bragging at family reunions, if your kid doesn't only make the "A" team, but score the most points, run the fastest, be "THE BEST" (whatever the best may be) then somehow they, and by proxy you, should feel badly or at least that you're not doing enough, not pushing hard enough.
As parents, we're proud of our boy. Not because of what team he makes, but because he tries.
Most people have no idea what he's been through in his brief 13 years.
But, even if he hadn't been through as much, not everybody makes the "A" team every time.
I also began thinking about the saints that have gone before us.
Maybe I'm missing something, but it surely seems that in God's economy He's all about using
"B" team people to carry out his plans.
I read about Moses and his speech impediment.
How Gideon was a coward.
Ruth was widow.
Esther was an orphan.
David, who we like to think of as KING DAVID, was the runt of the pack of brothers, who's own father didn't even consider him when Samuel showed up looking for the new king.
Peter, the burly fisherman with a temper.
John, just a boy, but Jesus called him to his inner circle.
Jesus, who could have came with all the glory man could bestow upon someone -instead was born to a young girl and a carpenter.
It seems God has a tender spot for those who make up the "B" teams of this world.
And only he knows what they can truly be when used by Him.
Don't write off those "B" team kids-they may just change the world.