In 1982 Hollywood executive Ed Neumeier got the inspiration for a new movie.
He saw a poster advertising Blade Runner – the story of a cop hunting down wayward “replicants” (genetically engineered humans to be used strictly for hazardous duty on other planets). Although these “replicants” were not true robots in the classical sense, Neumeier thought to himself, “What if the opposite were true? What if a robotic cop was hunting down wayward humans?” Thus, the idea for Robocop was born.
Neumeier teamed up with script writer Michael Miner to develop the story of Robocop. However, their enthusiasm for the film waned after every top producer in Hollywood turned it down. So Neumeier tried to sell his story overseas. He sent a copy of the story to Dutch filmmaker Paul Verhoeven. Verhoeven scanned the script and thought it was so terrible that he tossed it in the garbage. Fortunately, his wife, Martine Tours, rescued the story from the waste basket and read it more thoroughly.
Realizing the story’s many facets of satire and social commentary, she asked her husband to give it a second look. She convinced him of its worth. With a rather modest budget of $13 million, Robocop became one of the highest grossing films of 1987 and initiated a franchise of four motion pictures, two television series, two animated series, and a plethora of video games.[i]
Like this story, many people receive premature misjudgment and rejection from “the experts.” The decision makers and brokers of success cast doubt on their worth and the value of their contributions. Tragically, the waste basket of humanity is filled with gifted people who’ve been deceived into thinking their lives have no purpose or worth.
But from the beginning there’s been One who’s known your hidden value, someone who sees below the surface and understands your potential for goodness and greatness. Of course, it’s your Heavenly Father, who lovingly crafted you and endowed you with gifts and abilities according to His own specifications.
Fortunately, He not only knows your potential but also has a plan to implement it to the full and help you fulfill your destiny. Place your life in His capable and loving hands.
Let God love you and have His wonderful way in your life.
“For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for your welfare and not for calamity, plans to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).
Dear Father in heaven, You are my greatest fan and advocate. Though all the world may overlook and dismiss me, You love, accept, and approve me. Lord, I need Your love. I need Your approval. Please take the raw material of my life and make me into the person of Your dreams, a person who will bless others and honor You. Amen.
[i] (Information from “Rescued from the Trash,” in Uncle John’s Canoramic Bathroom Reader (Bathroom Reader’s Press, Ashland, OR, 2014), p. 79)