“Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.”

-John 7:24

Ray-Lewis-Camp.jpgYou have all heard it, “don’t judge a book by its cover” and it is true. One of the issues which seemingly always plagues our society is judging a book by its cover. We label people by the color of their skin, their religion, school, sexuality, and much more. Before we even speak a word to many people we already have made some kind of assumption about them. However, this is now how Jesus did business. Jesus didn’t see the sinner on the outside, but saw the good person on the inside. While society labeled people scum or worthless, Jesus saw their value. He made himself among the poor, sick, and weary. He surrounded himself and embraced the outcast of society.

In the world of sports we often judge a player initially off their physical appearance. Many players fall in the draft because of their size. In the case of the Baltimore Ravens had they judge a book by its cover they likely never one of the greatest players in franchise history. If a player is considered undersized they face an uphill battle, but if they are truly talented there will be someone who will see it. Take Ray Lewis for example, many people criticized him for his shorter stature. He was considered small for a linebacker. He was not small by a normal persons measure, but by the NFL’s standards for linebackers at the time, Ray Lewis was a tad undersized. He was 6’1 in a league where linebackers were generally around 6’5. The scouts were too wrapped up in measurable to see how talented Ray Lewis could be.

  • 2× Super Bowl champion (XXXV, XLVII)
  • Super Bowl MVP (2000)
  • 2× NFL Defensive Player of Year (2000, 2003)
  • 13× Pro Bowl (1997–2001, 2003, 2004, 2006–2011)
  • 7× First-team All-Pro (1999–2001, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009)
  • 3× Second-team All-Pro (1997, 1998, 2010)
  • 3× AFC Defensive Player Of The Year (2000, 2001, 2003)
  • 2× NFL Alumni Linebacker Of The Year (1999, 2003)
  • NFL 2000s All-Decade Team
  • 2× First-team All-American (1994, 1995)

For those of you who know Ray Lewis ended up being a phenomenal player and ranks among the top 5 linebackers of all-time. Above are some of his professional accomplishments. Had Ozzie Newsome look at the the cover of the book and say this doesn’t add up he would have lost out big time just like 25 other teams before the Ravens did. The numbers told what was on the inside, but many chose to judge a book by its cover and lost out big time. So next time you meet someone or maybe someone you have already met, judge them by their character not by their looks, or your original perception, because you may be missing out on that superstar in your life.

 

 

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