Matthew Barnett on What the Underdogs of the Bible Can Teach Us

One thing I’ve realized is that being different doesn’t disqualify you from a dynamic life. It prepares you. The goal of this book is to get you to see that living out of the box isn’t always a bad thing. Embracing the misfit in you is the open door to a very exciting journey.

The Bible is full of stories of misfits. A little shepherd boy named David took on a giant with a slingshot. Common fishermen became disciples. You might remember the Sunday school flannel board and the teacher who told dramatic stories about underdogs who did mighty things. We marvel that the Bible is full of misfits, and maybe that is what makes the stories so powerful. Think about David or Daniel or Peter or Paul. They embraced their inner misfits. So why don’t we?

Even though we can celebrate the underdog in the Bible, we often hide from the fact that God is looking for that same quality in us. He’s looking for people who don’t have it all together but are willing to let God take their lives and run with them. What if we can be those kinds of people? What if we can use our unqualified status as the start to bigger dreams and a life of redemption? That’s the desire of this book.

My passion is that we will look in the mirror, see who we are, and embrace it so we can progress down the road of life. There are dreams to be dreamed through the process of being a misfit, and those dreams lead us and others toward redemption. James 1:23-25 describes the Word of God as a mirror:

Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it-not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it-they will be blessed in what they do.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Matthew Barnett