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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Favoritism (02/28/05)

TITLE: My favourite, the Underdog
By Karen Jimmy


You could have knocked me over with a feather when that revelation hit me. I know that sounds melodramatic, but, well, that’s me, and that’s what this is about. Let me explain…

I always thought I was a pretty generous spirit who loved all kinds of people. Having grown up going to church I had a pretty good idea about hypocrites who favoured the well-to-do types who wore the right clothes, played the right instruments and earned the big bucks needed to sustain the ministry. It was almost like, even as a kid, I made it my unconscious goal to not be like them- to make sure I showed the kindness and acceptance of Christ to everyone, especially the so-called “underdog”.

As soon as I was able (by that I mean old enough), I made myself available for all kinds of projects in aid of promoting the care of those society has either thumbed their collective noses at, or not even noticed at all. I began organising feedings of the hungry homeless in my neighbourhood; I started going on mission trips to third world nations. Of course, I got myself my very own “sponsored child” from Guatemala, and I got our Sunday school kids doing odd jobs and projects to support their own sponsored child. In a nutshell, I prided myself on my care for the underprivileged, and in the process, turned my nose up at those in the church not likewise consumed with this cause.

It wasn’t until just the other day, when I had a day off and lots of time to stop and think, that it really hit me- I, who thought I was loving, forgiving and generous to all people equally, was a prejudiced, even hateful, snob. Just like those I had rejected in my heart for playing favourites with the rich and lovely, I was playing favourites in my own way. Only my favourites were the poor and needy.

I was sitting on my bed and spending the first real time alone with God I’d had a quite a while, and I asked Him to search my heart, like David did, and show me if there was anything there that dishonoured Him or made my heart ugly. Not expecting much of an answer, I was shocked when incident after incident flashed from my memory into my consciousness. I was sickened by the blackness of my heart, the thoughts I’d had towards those in my church I perceived were stuck in an unreal world, concerned with frivolous things, and neglecting the things I thought were more important.

It hit me smack between the eyes at that moment, that I was not the righteous person I pretended to be, and I was just as fake as those I detested. I was critical, judgmental and arrogant. I was full of pride, and instead of being the example of Jesus’ compassion I fancied myself as, I was a prejudiced coward. I hated the rich; I hated people who refused to mingle with those outside their “comfort zone” (as if I wasn’t doing exactly the same thing). I hated the “airy-fairy, super-spiritual” people who were, as they say, “too heavenly minded to be any earthly good.” I was, in short, playing favourites, and my attitude stank.

I can’t say that much has changed since that revelation. I think if you could picture me in God’s throne room I’d be sitting like a stunned mullet (excuse the Australian expression if you don’t get it- translated, it means ‘in shock’), mouth gaping in disbelief, mind probing for an excuse for my detestable hatred.

I guess at least a conviction has started to grow in my heart, and I am feeling once again like I did when I first understood Jesus’ love- that unconditional, non-prejudiced love of His…I am feeling humbled.

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Kristy Cox03/07/05
You know, I really liked this article. As far as the technical things go, please watch your comma splices. I know you were being truthful in your narrative. Thanks for your transparency. I know it is a difficult thing to do.
David Conrad03/07/05
You can say it has'nt done alot of good except that it has in that now you see what you asked God to show you, and He has. I imagine He was pleased at your asking Him to reveal these things in you, and knew you had it in you to do what you needed to to change. I know I need to ask Him that very same thing for many reasons, including the one you've referenced here. A very well written and complete piece, but even more, it ministers. God bless you
Lynne Gaunt03/08/05
I love the honest, self-searching tone of your article. I am so often convicted as well when I read everyone's entries for these topics, especially lately (I was truely humbled by the SELFISHNESS entries). Anyway, I thought you submitted a very well-written, thoughtful piece that will stick with me. Very nice job!
Sally Hanan03/08/05
Great job. Even just getting it on paper/screen works one towards the goal of letting go.
donna robinson03/10/05
Wow you really nailed how we all have some form of prejudice bordering on favoritism! It took me a long time to realize we all have our specialities, things we believe passionately in and wonder why others don't share our views! I work a lot among the wealthy and I do see how they give and inspire, often in a quiet way. And we need all kinds of help, don't we? The introspective view here was great and well written.
Anna Blake03/11/05
I can relate to that. Ask anyone, especially my sister. She would probably say that I was down-right snobby when standing up for someone in the "out crowd". I always did. Like you, I had to search my heart and the Scriptures to see my sin. I was encouraged, thank you.
Suzanne R03/12/05
Thanks for the good reminder ... how often we get so focused on one area instead of staying focused on God that we get unhealthily off-balanced. You've reminded the reader well of the importance of keeping our times with the Lord top priority. May God continue to make you into the well balanced person of His as He is clearly already doing ... stunned mullet expression notwithstanding :-)
Phyllis Inniss03/14/05
When we realize that perhaps we are not doing what God wants us to do in the way He wants us to, and we turn to Him for help, He reveals to us where we have failed. Having had that revelation you have taken steps to do something about it. That is certainly a step closer to Christ.
Debbie OConnor03/14/05
This is great stuff, Karen! I've had similar revelations. It takes time to change underlying attitudes. I think the key to change is to be exactly where you are, humbled by the unmerited love and favor of God. Glad you shared this!
Deborah Porter 03/14/05
Karen, congratulations on placing 8th in the Editors' Choice and on receiving a Level 2 Highly Commended Award, on what was a very highly competitive week for that level. Well done! You certainly should consider moving up to Level 3 now. With love, Deb
Deborah Porter 03/14/05
Whoops - Karen, I should have mentioned that I'm the Challenge Co-ordinator ... otherwise that comment about moving up sounds a bit rude. Love, Deb
kazza walton03/14/05
thoughtful, and probing.... i love the way you write girl. You must bring a smile to the fathers heart as you do to mine. congratulations...
Kathy Ellis03/14/05
it is always life changing when God gives us a look at ourselves from His viewpoint. Great entry! Congratulations!