Do you know who Branch Rickey is? Most people don’t. He was the general manager for the St. Louis Cardinals in the early 1940’s. Soon after he transitioned to the same position with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1943. Hoping for a bright future and some players to bring his team out of the last place spot in the division, Branch Rickey met Jackie Robinson. The rest is history…
Jackie Robinson is celebrated as one of the best players of all time and his impact on breaking the color barrier in sports has rippled throughout history. There is no doubt Jackie was an exceptional player, but he needed someone to believe in him. Branch Rickey was the man who believed in Jackie not only as a baseball player, but as a man.
I believe that in order to achieve anything significant in life, we all need someone to believe in us. Significant moments were a huge part of Jesus ministry. In the Bible, we refer to them as miracles.
In Luke 5, we step into the miracle of the paralyzed man. Something to know about this time period is that being paralyzed made you a huge social outcast. People wouldn’t touch you, look at you, or even be around you because of fear they might themselves become paralyzed or unclean. This paralyzed man was counted out and forgotten by everyone, except for a few men.
Scripture tells us in Luke 5:17-26 that the friends carried the paralyzed man to Jesus when they heard He was teaching. They arrived to the house and saw it was too crowed to get in. Determined, they climbed onto the top of the house and ripped open a hole in the roof. Soon after they lowered the paralyzed man in front of Jesus.
What happens next gives me goosebumps, in verse 20 it says, “seeing their faith, Jesus said to the young man, ‘Young man, your sins are forgiven.'” Excuse me what! Seeing whose faith? THEIR FAITH. The friends had every excuse to give up and quit believing. Too far of a walk, too crowded, too high of a roof, how are we going to lower him, what will people think?
These men believed in their friend and because of this Jesus was able to forgive him and heal him. Not because of what the paralyzed man did, but because of what others did for him.
Who has believed in you?
Think about it for a moment. Who in your life has really truly believed in you? It could be a parent, a coach, a teacher, a friend, or a sibling. There was someone along the journey of your life that believed and trusted in your abilities and helped you get to where you are now. They sacrificed time, effort, finances, and countless other things for you to take a step closer to your dream.
Text the person/people who have believed in you and say, “Thank you.”
Who do you need to believe in?
There are so many people around us who need someone to believe in them. We all act like we have our lives figured out. We post about our life like we don’t have problems, but the truth is.. everyone is going through something. I promise you. If you talk to someone long enough and ask the right questions, no ones life is perfect. There is doubt, there is anxiousness, there is lack of belief.
Look around, who in your life needs someone to believe in them. Is it a close friend, is it a sibling, is it a parent, a cousin. Find someone to start believing in because this is when their full potential will begin to unleash. People will never admit it, but they are starving for encouragement. They are starving for someone to care about them. Be that person in someones life today.
A wise man once said, “Watch your thoughts.They become words. Watch your words. They become actions. Watch your actions. They become habits. Watch your habits. They become character. Character is everything.”
Believing in others begins with your mind. Thinking well of others and believing in others the same way you want others to believe in you. What a world that would be huh? A world where everyone believes in others hopes and dreams no matter how far off they seem.
When I think of believing in others, I can’t help but think of Jesus. Jesus believes in those who are counted out and forgotten. Jesus believes and loves those who don’t believe and love Him. Jesus belief isn’t conditional. It isn’t based on how good we are or how bad we are. Jesus belief and love for us is unconditional and is not circumstantial.
We need others to lift us higher than we are able to go alone. We need Jesus to help us stand in the calling He made for our life. Not one of paralyzation, but a calling of life and freedom.
Dear Lord, thank you for this day. Thank you for being a consistent source of belief for us and in us. We love you. Amen.
Have a great week!