He Didn’t Look Athletic
I knew five Jeff’s from middle school and high school. All of them were good athletes, and one was a super athlete. He looked athletic, and he was athletic. He dominated middle school sports competition and rewrote records in cross country and track and field. But there was another Jeff that I want to focus on. This Jeff had kind of a pudgy appearance. He was on the short side and had stubby legs. He really didn’t look athletic but he was. Jeff played football, basketball, and baseball for the school teams, plus he played in a city hockey league. He didn’t just play, he excelled.
Jeff was a fullback in football who didn’t look like he could run, but he had tremendous quickness, agility, and power. My body still hurts when I remember the head on collisions that I had with him when trying to tackle him. In baseball he was a great catcher and had an excellent arm to gun baserunners down who tried to steal. When it came to basketball, he seemed to be built all wrong, but it didn’t stop him from being an excellent ball handler who could drive and finish at the rim with “How did he do that?” shots.
Some People Look the Part
In the Bible, we are told that Saul was head and shoulders taller than anyone else. He looked the part of a king, and was readily accepted by the Israelites as their king. Esther was beautiful, she looked like a queen, and became a queen. Goliath looked like a fighting champion and he was. Some people look the part, and they seem like a natural pick for what they are called to do, but some people don’t.
Those who Didn’t Look Like a Good Fit
In 1 Samuel 17:33, David was initially told by King Saul, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine (who happened to be Goliath) and fight him, you are only a boy, and he has been a fighting man from his youth.” In Isaiah 53: 2, a prophetic reference to Jesus says, “….he had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.” We can also look at the disciples and see that they did not have prominent influence within the accepted religious culture of the day. In all of these examples, the people mentioned didn’t look like a good fit in the eyes others, but God called David to defeat a giant, he called Jesus to be the Messiah and King of Kings, and he called the disciples to be his chosen representative to spread the gospel and advance his kingdom.
Don’t Let it Stop You
Jeff didn’t have the appearance that fit what most people believed an athlete should look like, but he was an outstanding athlete nonetheless. There were people in the Bible who didn’t fit the look that people thought they should have, and perhaps you don’t have the look, or the background, or the experience to do what God has called you to do, but it didn’t stop David, it didn’t stop Jesus, it didn’t stop the disciples, and it doesn’t have to stop you.