December 12, 2017

Pastoral Nuggets: Where Spectacular is Born

1 Corinthians 1:27: “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are.”

In his book, “Xealots,” Dave Gibbons states, “Success in God’s economy frequently begins with the unspectacular.”

Undoubtedly, you’ve heard stories of highly successful people who had less than spectacular starts.

For example, Michael Jordan, who is arguably the best basketball player to have ever played the game, was cut by his high school basketball coach. President Abraham Lincoln ran unsuccessfully for elected office about seven times before being elected President.

Thomas Edison failed many times before ever hitting on the right combination to produce a viable filament for the electric light bulb. Jesus Christ was born in a stable. And His home town, Nazareth, was so small that it prompted people to ask, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?”

We know that all the men I mentioned above went on to become superstars. One even turned out to be Son of God!  But don’t lose sight of this – every one of them knew the importance of a team and teamwork.

Alone, Michael Jordan could never defeat another team, Abraham Lincoln couldn’t get elected President, Thomas Edison couldn’t have invented and marketed his light bulb, and even Jesus recruited a team of twelve to carry out His mission. It takes a team!

Speaking of teamwork, Pastor Tom Kennedy shared a story sportscaster and former baseball great Ralph Kiner told: “After the season in which I hit 37 home runs, I asked Pittsburgh Pirate general manager Branch Rickey for a raise. He refused. ‘I led the league in homers,’ I reminded him. ‘Where did we finish?’ Rickey asked me. ‘Last,’ I replied.  ‘Well,’ Rickey said, ‘we can finish last without you.’”

Most likely, all of us come in contact with unspectacular people on a daily basis. And if the truth were known, we’re unspectacular as well. Many of the people we encounter have issues of all sorts. Some are from the disadvantaged side of life.

Life has beaten them to a pulp and they have been written off and discarded by society. And the cold hard truth is that they can finish last – without us!

However, what they need is for us to love, nurture, instruct, believe in, and guide them through the unspectacular moments or seasons of their lives. They need us to empower and help them to find their path to spectacular while they’re still in the midst of the unspectacular or mundane.

I’m convinced that in the midst of the mundane is where spectacular is born! You may be the change agent that God has placed in the midst of somebody else’s life. I encourage you to both be and model before them the change that introduces them to spectacular!

Remember, “Success in God’s economy frequently begins with the unspectacular.”

Brother Aaron

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