The new Baseball movie, Moneyball, is about building a low-budget winning team. The Oakland A’s could not compete with the wealthy Major League teams like the Yankees when it came to affording the best players in the game, so the A’s general manager, Billy Beane, chose a different approach. Instead of looking at the same details that every other major league team examined, he recruited and signed overlooked players who had skills that were not valued by the other teams. To say the least, the 2002 Oakland A’s had an amazing season and set a number of records with this team of overlooked, undervalued, and leftover players. What a great story about innovation leading to success!
This story reminds me of how God works in each of our lives. Often God chooses those of us who do not look like much. We are often overlooked, passed over, and undervalued by others, but not by God. The Bible reminds us that the Lord does not look at the characteristics other people embrace. 1 Samuel 16:7 says, “The Lord does not see as man sees. For man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
Remember today—when others overlook or undervalue you, God never does! Also, try to see the untapped value in yourself and in others that can be used for the glory of God.