We all have a soft spot in our hearts for the underdog.   Jesus said, “Blessed are the underdogs” (Matthew 5, my translation).  In essence, when Jesus issued the Beatitudes, he was saying Blessed are the underdogs. The underdogs are the poor in spirit, those that mourn, the meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, the merciful, the peacemakers and the persecuted; all told, these are the underdogs.  These are the overlooked and underappreciated; these are the runners-up and the also rans.  Underdogs are the lost sheep of the house of Israel, the prodigal sons, the widows, the orphans and the oppressed.  

So Blessed are the underdogs.  Gabrielle Douglas said “I’m an underdog starting to get to the top.”  She went on to say “you have to dream big, and I do visualize myself standing on the top of that podium in London. It’s why I decided to move to Iowa almost two years ago. I had to move away from my home in Virginia Beach, Va., and live with a host family to do it, but I knew if I wanted to be the best, Chow was the coach to get me there. He coached Shawn Johnson to four Olympic medals in 2008. He knows what he is doing.”

When I was growing up, my sisters and I watched the cartoon “The Underdog Show.”  It was a goofy cartoon about the adventures of a rhyming canine superhero. “Underdog” was a shoe shine puppy who transforms himself into a superhero every time Sweet Polly Purebread (a pretty TV reporter) gets in trouble.  He was an unsuspecting character who was a figure of hope for all of us kids who needed a hero to watch everyday afterschool.

We all need heroes. My Hero is sitting in front of me right now as I write and he is a great inspiration. He would kill me if I mentioned his name, but he is my hero. He overcome a life-changing event and has given hundreds of well-wishers motivation. Underdogs who succeed give us the inspiration we need to get through the day. 

You may be someone’s hero. You may be someone’s underdog. You may be one who once underachieved but has also overcome.  So you are blessed indeed.

Blessed are the Underdogs.   

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