People who are now well-known in the entertainment industry are opening up to reveal that they were not always recognised as the popular person.
Reference: v.6 “Come,” they said, “be our commander, so we can fight the Ammonites.” (TNIV Bible)
Explore: A book has just been released in Australia collating the stories of numerous celebrities who were bullied as children. People who are now well-known in the entertainment industry are opening up to reveal that they were not always recognised as the popular person. It was interesting to see that the majority of children mentioned in this book were the creative or intellectual ones who are now revered for their humour, acting, singing or political views. Those who saw them as the undesirable now idolize those who they once bullied.
Application: The great thing about God is that He thinks we are wonderful, no matter what anyone else thinks of us. Again and again we see Him use the underdog to bring victory and glory to His name. Jephthah is a perfect example. He was the illegitimate child of a prostitute who was chased away by relatives and only followed by ‘scoundrels’. And yet, when the people were in trouble, it was Jephthah they came to and asked for help. He was the one they pleaded with to come and save the day. How the tables turned. And yet God saw the potential in him right from the beginning. He never criticised him like the bullies, but created him in a beautiful and wonderful way. Jephthah is no different to us. We may feel rejected by the people around us, but God has made us in His own wonderful way and has a purpose for our lives.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for seeing the potential in us and not being swayed by what other people say. Amen.
Have you ever felt bullied?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.