While many people list “gym” as their favorite subject in school, I can’t agree. You see, I was one of those “chosen last” kids when teams were formed. If you didn’t have the joy of participating in American Gym class, here is how it worked: The teacher picks two popular jocks to be “captains”. The “captains” then pick their teams one by one starting with other jocks and their friends. The picking ends with the nerds, special needs, fat, skinny and asthma kids. Everyone knew where they fit into the hierarchy before the picking began. Personally I just stood against the wall and waited until it was over and I was picked by default. There was something special about the disgust shown in needing to take me because I had leprosy or would single handedly cause the team to lose. One would think that a teacher would have more wisdom than inflicting pain on their students.
I’m not trying to gather a pity party. I didn’t feel like I was being bullied. I just wasn’t “wanted”. I had no skills to offer. Teams are not built on social conscience or welfare mentality. Even if the teacher had written out a team list, I still would have known that I wasn’t an asset.
What does this say about life? Where do we fit in? Are we an outcast? Are we nerds, special needs, fat, skinny or suffering from some disability? Do we stand back and try not to care? Do we get angry and try to stand out as rebels? Do we merely suffer through the life events that we don’t succeed in and try to find joy in the areas that we excel in? What if we don’t excel at anything?
Here are a couple pointers: give thanks for what you have, never give up, give praise to God and have faith. God has a plan for you.
11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy[b] met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.
15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.
17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
13 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.”
14 The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and saveIsrael out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?”
15 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”
16 The Lord answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites, leaving none alive.”