By Colleen Swindoll Thompson
I had been sorting through stacks of papers for six hours; it was now 1:00 in the
morning. Twelve years of my son Jon’s educational tests, medical reports,
teachers’ notes, and therapy summaries—once organized in chronological order—had become stacked in disarray on my study shelves over time. Reviewing twelve
years of material is overwhelming for most of us; for caregivers it can also be
The silent message between the lines is the repeated acknowledgement
that in this world, different usually
means less than . . . not fit for this world . . . an underdog for life.
ever-present load of lingering parental self-doubt and guilt hangs overhead.
Sorting through it all is an essential earthly endeavor for our loved one’s
care, yet the calm and quiet voice of Christ calls us to remember there are no
underdogs in His economy.
Who’s in the Who’s Who?
I’ve yet to find a growth chart, I.Q. test, reading test, or writing sample that
qualifies a person as acceptable in God’s eyes. Jesus never pulled together a
group of “experts” who sat around tables making decisions about whom to include
in the “in-crowd”; the Pharisees had that job covered. The Pharisees, with puffed-up
heads and proud souls, made pathetically hypocritical judgments about “who’s
who.” And we know how Christ felt about that bunch.
However, Christ went about
His business, simply revealing what it meant, and means, to advocate with love for
one another . . . let’s say, how to root
for the underdog.
That's you and me.