1 Samuel 16:7
But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.
It’s very easy to make snap judgments based on initial appearance that can be very mistaken. Someone recently gave me a copy of author Russell Schneider’s enormous book, The Indians Encyclopedia, which tells Cleveland fans, such as myself, everything you could ever want to know about that American League baseball team. For instance: In 1949, a former great ballplayer, Hank Greenberg, became the farm director for the team (meaning he carefully perused the talent coming up in the minor leagues). This was a classic case of “the Peter principle” that is, being elevated to a position for which one has no competence. Greenberg was told to scout three players and send back a report on each of them. Greenberg’s response was that one of the guys had a hitch in his swing and would never hit major league pitching; another of the three, Greenberg said, was too slow and could not play big league shortstop; and the third player, he reported, just couldn’t hit a curve ball. He refused to sign them. Those three players, in order, were Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks and (ready for this?) Willie Mays, three of the all-time greats in baseball history. How different would the prowess of my beloved Indians have been if Greenberg had been a better judge of ability?
I remember the number of people who told me over a half century ago that I had no future in the ministry and should try some other “line of work.” The problem was this: the One Who called me had nail prints in His hands. My critics didn’t. God looks on the heart of a person. Remember He designed and created you; He ought to know your capabilities better than anyone. Those critical outsiders usually know from nothing. So don’t be disheartened when you are rejected early in life.
(Willie Mays could have been a Cleveland Indian player? I need to go lie down!)
Prayer: O God, don’t let me be discouraged when there are those who would disparage my call, my talent and my determination. You are my Master Designer. Your approval is all I need to continue on in my “pilgrim’s progress.” By Your grace I will continue on, in Your strength and love! Amen!