For the Love of Underdogs
Everybody loves a good underdog story.
Where a comeback of epic proportions takes place, leaving everyone shocked and ecstatic and jumping up and down in bleachers and on couch cushions.
This type of underdog victory happened last night when the Cubs took the 2016 World Series for the first time in 108 years. That’s over a century, people!
Oh man. The videos of die-hard fans losing their ever-loving minds from the “privacy” of their own living rooms are the VERY BEST EVER. They can’t control themselves! They can’t contain their joy! They go completely insane!
But here’s the thing about underdogs: It’s not always easy to follow them. It has not been a walk in the park to be a Cubs fan for 108 years. There have been some ups, lots of downs, glimmers of triumph, and painful defeat. In fact, all of the original fans who experienced the previous glory days are long gone. But a great expectation still trickled down throughout the years and—though some had lost faith and others had completely given up—many clung to the thrill of hope.
Then times started changing, the story shifted, and hope turned into reality.
You know, in many ways, Christ-followers share a similar storyline.
Because here’s the thing about Jesus: It’s not always easy to follow Him. It has not been a walk in the park to be a Christian for the past 2000+ years. There have been some ups, lots of downs, glimmers of triumph, and painful defeat. In fact, all of the original “fans” who experienced the previous glory days are long gone. But a great expectation has trickled down throughout the years and—though some have lost faith and others have completely given up—many still cling to the thrill of hope.
Sometimes it’s hard cheering for the underdog.
“Is He ever going to do something?” they say. “Is He sleeping?” they laugh. “Is He even real?” they question.
“They will say, ‘What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again? From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created.” (2 Peter 3:4)
But you know what? Times are changing, the story is shifting, and there is hope. Not just in a baseball team or a government or in personal success, but in the God who made you and loves you and has not given up on you.
This is your story. And it isn’t over yet.