“The Underdog”

My dad used to tell me that he pulling for the underdog in politics and in sports. The underdog is the one that is expected to lose. Because of my dad’s love for boxing, I am a boxing fan. While watching boxing on t.v. my dad would read the stats of the one favored to win and it sounded impressive. In contrast, the stats for the underdog made me question my dad’s judgment, because it didn’t always seem feasible that the underdog had a chance of winning. There were many times when the underdog was victorious and that would make my dad very happy. His thinking was “it’s not over until it’s over”.

How many battles have you fought or trials have you faced where the odds were against you and you felt like you were the underdog? You’re not alone. I heard a minister say one time that we are either going into a trial or coming out of one at any moment in time. The key is to know that even though you may lose a few battles, ultimately you will WIN.

Everything around you may be crumbling. Your finances may be shaky. Your marriage may be hanging on by a thread. Your health or your parents’ health may be failing, but don’t lose hope. When you put your trust in God, be assured that He will cause you to triumph and be victorious!

Scripture for meditation: Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear (Isaiah 59:1, New International Version).

Embrace this truth: What you think is important! If you think you are a winner or if you think there’s no way you can win, you’re right.

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“I Pledge Allegiance”

As a child, I really didn’t understand the significance of reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and what it meant. Now when I say the familiar words of that Pledge, I also reflect onmy allegiance to God and ask “what is the evidence of my pledged allegiance to the Creator of the universe”? Some things are tangible: I attend church regularly. I pray. I study the Bible. I serve in ministry. It’s wonderful to do all those things and those things should be done from love and obedience and not to simply check the box. But the evidence of pledged allegiance is a changed heart, a changed life and a change of direction. The Apostle Paul gave us a huge clue of what our allegiance to Christ would look like in Romans 12:2: transformed by the renewing of your mind. Have a renewed mind will motivate you to do things differently and to carry yourself differently.

My pledged allegiance to God makes me accountable to be different — in a positive and good way. Standing out as opposed to fitting in and going along doing business as usual is no longer an option. The evidence of change should also be evident to others.

Scripture for meditation:  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2, New King James Version)

Embrace this truth: Change is not always easy and it may not be instantaneously, so be patient with yourself.