1 The LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul, since I have rejected him from being king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go. I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.”…6 When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the LORD’s anointed is before him.” 7 But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.” 8 Then Jesse called Abinadab and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, “Neither has the LORD chosen this one.” 9 Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the LORD chosen this one.” 10 And Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, “The LORD has not chosen these.” 11 Then Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, but behold, he is keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and get him, for we will not sit down till he comes here.” 12 And he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy and had beautiful eyes and was handsome. And the LORD said, “Arise, anoint him, for this is he.” 13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the LORD rushed upon David from that day forward (1Samuel 16: 1-13).
With the 254th and last pick of the most recent NFL draft, the Indianapolis Colts took South Carolina Gamecock’s Tight End named Justice Cunningham. Along with the excitement of being drafted into the NFL, there is also a more undesirable title that goes along with being the last player selected in the NFL. And it is the term: Mr. Irrelevant! Mr. Irrelevant is considered the least likely player to make an impact on any NFL team; however, there is some good news.
As Mr. Irrelevant, Justice Cunningham will take part in the 38th annual “Irrelevant Week” in Newport Beach, California. The week’s festivities include a round of golf, a roast, a trip to Disneyland and finally the presentation of the Lowsman Trophy, which is a spoof on the Heisman Trophy.
As I thought about Mr. Irrelevant, I was reminded of a Mr. Irrelevant from the Old Testament Days named David. Before David was anointed King, his father paraded all of his other brothers in thinking it must be one of them. In other words, out of all of his sons, David’s father thought he was the least likely to do anything great in Israel.
But, we all know how that story turned out! So, if you feel a little “Irrelevant” today, pick your head up. God may have something special planned for you!
Think about it, and have a “Relevant” day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D