“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.” Acts 4:13
In my travels as a professional baseball scout I connect with athletes and coaches who feel at times that they are not qualified to lead. Often times they feel that you have your life all together. That you have to have great influence, power and success to be a leader. That is simply not the case.
The verse above is one of my favorite verses in all of the Bible. You see, Jesus had 12 disciples, however within that 12 He had a small core nucleus of three (Peter, James and John) that He invested more time in than the other nine.
There was something about these three men that Jesus knew He could get things accomplished through them. However, what I like about this verse is that these three were very ordinary guys. They were fishermen. From sun up to sun down they were just everyday ordinary fishermen. That’s what they did. They were “unschooled, common men.”
However, these three had a heart and passion to follow Jesus. They spent time with Him. They were like a sponge, soaking up everything Jesus was teaching them. They were diamonds in the rough. Uneducated? Yes …. Common? Indeed. Scared? Not hardly!
They were bold and outspoken. As a matter of fact two of them were brothers (James and John) and they were referred to as the “Sons of Thunder.” They were not afraid of what others might think of them. They were type “A” personalities. They did not let fear grip them. They faced their fears with boldness. All because they had “Been with Jesus.”
I encourage you, don’t allow your weaknesses to define you. Don’t allow your lack of skill or education or talent to paralyze you from reaching your full potential. God is looking for men, women, coaches and athletes He can use to impact and influence the world. As a matter of fact, He is looking for those who just might not have it all together. He seems to do His best work through those types of individuals.
Make an impact with the life you’ve been given. You get one shot in life to impact and influence others. Don’t miss it.
Have a great week!
Be Worth Being!
Kevin Burrell has worked in professional baseball as both a player and MLB scout for the past 37 years, and currently serves on staff with the Chicago White Sox as an area scouting supervisor. Kevin was drafted in the 1st round of the 1981 free agent amateur draft (25th selection overall) by the Boston Red Sox, and played ten years of professional baseball with four different organizations. He and his wife, Valerie, live in Sharpsburg, Ga. with their two children.
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