As I child, I disliked games in P.E. where the teacher would choose two team captains, then the captains chose their teams one by one. I was not the most athletic kid, but I was friendly, so I usually got chosen somewhere in the middle of the lot.
My heart ached for the kids chosen last because they were either clumsy or unpopular. And they must have felt the sting of that unspoken label of loser.
My husband, now in his sixties, still talks about being chosen last at games of this sort when he was a kid. Yet he is one of the most compassionate, romantic, kind men I know. I often tell him that he reminds me more of Jesus than anyone I've ever known.
So raspberries to those children--now also in their sixties--who chose little Kevin last. God made him a winner!
In Jesus, we are all winners. He's the team captain who chooses everyone for His side. And those who come running when He calls are approved, valuable, and capable. He has a magnificent way of turning losers into winners. I love that about Him.
Speaking of Winners, I have a magnificent devotional written by my close friend Diana Savage titled 52 Heart Lifters for Difficult Times. Diana has a knack for helping those who feel like they've been chosen last to realize their worth in God's eyes.
I'd love to give away a signed copy of 52 Heart Lifters to one blessed winner To enter, please leave a comment at the end of the post and your email address if I don't already have it.
The contest will end on Saturday night, April 2 at midnight. I will announce the winner the following week.
And remember . . . with Jesus as our team captain, everyone wins!