Underdog? Top Dog? My Dog?

Underdogs.  It is the seventh game of the 2011 World Series. Each team has won 3 games and so the winner of this game will take the title of World Series champions. It is the top of the 9th inning and with a 4 run deficit, it is not looking too good for the Texas Rangers.   I am disappointed. 

It’s not that I have been a life long fan of the Rangers. And I don’t have any particular dislike for their opponent, the Cardinals.  I don’t have any money in a pool that would make me a wealthy woman if they won. I can’t really name more than two players on their roster, and I haven’t watched any of their other games this season. The only reason I have vested an interest in the fate of the Texas Rangers during this, the seventh game of the 2011 World Series, is because I like to see the underdog win. 

The St. Louis Cardinals have won the world series 10 times and a win tonight would bring them to 11.  The Texas Rangers?  Zero. Zip. Zilch.  And that is why I am rooting for them. 

I have a feeling that I am not alone in loving the underdog.  Remember Rocky Balboa, Rudy, and one of my all time favorites, Forrest Gump?   Underdog. Underdog. Underdog. 

Maybe it’s because the underdog is so relatable.  I can certainly relate.  Doesn’t it sometimes feel like there is always someone a little smarter. A little funnier.  A little more attractive.  A little more financial fit.  Oh, who am I kidding?  Replace “someone” with “many” and  “a little” with “a lot”! Now that’s more realistic! 

I know, I know.  We shouldn’t compare, and I usually don’t.  We all have our own lives to live, and I am living my life.  But I wonder sometimes if God could really use an underdog like me for His purposes.  I only need to take a look at His words to see that, yes, God too, loves an underdog. 

There was Gideon, who came from the weakest of the Israelite clans and who was the least among his own people.  Yet God made Gideon a mighty warrior who battled for freedom.  And there was Moses, who was not only an underdog but also a murderer who went from being a prince to being relegated to keeping track of sheep.  Yet God made Moses a mighty leader who led his people out of bondage.  And there was Jesus, who was wrongly accused and despised to death.  Yet God made Him the Savior to sinners ~ the sacrificial lamb, the way out of bondage and into freedom for all who follow Him.

 No. I do not have a Messianic complex, nor do I have delusions of being anything like Gideon or Moses, both great men of faith.  Any delusions I have lean more toward the vanity kind ~ like thinking I can get my girlish figure back and reverse the effects of gravity. No, I am not suffering spiritual delusions of grandeur.  But I do believe that God can use an underdog, like me, for His purposes.  I believe this not because of anything I can do on my own, but rather because of what He can do through me.   

 But to be used by God, I must be aware of the opportunity when it presents itself.  I must be willing to trust Him and get in the game.  The underdogs didn’t come out on top this year in the World Series. The Texas Rangers weren’t able to make up that 4 run deficit.  So are they out of the game of baseball?  Ludicrous! I can guarantee that when the 2012 season rolls around, the Rangers will have their spot in the schedule.  Likewise, I will miss opportunities, I will try to do things on my own power, I may even take myself temporarily out of the game. Thankfully, God is merciful and allows me to try again.  And when I remember to rely on His wisdom, His guidance, and His power, then God can use an underdog, like me, for His purposes.  Are you an underdog that God can use?

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.   2 Corinthians 9:7-9

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2 Responses to Underdogs

  1. Sharon says:

    You asked – Are you an underdog that God can use?

    Evidently so!

    I have always identified with the underdogs in life – because, yes, as you said, they are very relatable. And I have always felt like one of the smaller “pillars of faith” in life. However, in the hands of God, there really are no small instruments. He can use the tiniest bell to ring out the message of His Truth.

    I know that – because praise His name, He is using me. What a privilege.


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