In 1944, the United States intercepted Japanese communications revealing the destination of an enemy submarine. Admiral Halsey ordered the England and two other destroyers to intercept the sub. An aide to the admiral tried to talk him out of using this ship because of her dismal record.
She had rammed a buoy in San Francisco harbor and destroyed a dock on her check-out voyage. She had the worst firing record of the fleet and six of her crew were in the brig for fighting.
Admiral Halsey released the men and sent the England out. Twenty-four hours later the England had found and sunk the enemy sub. Over the next 11 days, she engaged and sank five more.
We, like that aide, may discount people too quickly without seeing the potential hidden inside. Sometimes we even discount ourselves too quickly.
Paul says in 2 Corinthians 3:18, “But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory….”
We need to see ourselves as God sees us, people worth loving and saving by the blood of His Son. Then we can learn from Him the lessons of life.