At DistinXion camps, we start our first character lesson by telling a story of a contractor that builds a house that will eventually become his retirement gift. Any contractor will tell you that in order to have the best-built house, only the best materials should be used. Similarly in sports, most coaches will advise that if you want the best team, you should recruit the best players.
However, in Psalm 118, we are told that a rejected stone is turned into the capstone. How amazing! The stone that the builders saw as unworthy, usable, and damaged was the same stone that became the capstone, the stone that holds the entire building together!
When we see ourselves as unworthy, not good enough, and incapable, God sees us differently. When we feel defeated and rejected, God redeems and accepts us. In some cases, God may use our time of defeat to refine us, transforming us into a capstone. In other cases, God takes us as we are, but uses us in a different way to become the capstone. In both scenarios, God loves us so much that instead of throwing us aside like a rejected stone, He accepts us as a capstone and is glorified in the transformation.
By Luke Zeller
Luke Zeller is the CEO of DistinXion, a non-profit organization founded by the Zeller family. Luke is a contributor to Sports Spectrum magazine. Log in here to access our most recent Training Table. Subscribe here to receive 12 issues a year and a daily sports-related devotional.