“Underdog Beats Favored Champion“
There were five kinds of viewers of last night’s game:
- Patriots Fans
- Eagles Fans
- Football Fans
- Commercial Watchers
Some rooted for the Patriots. Some rooted for the Eagles. Some wanted a close, competitive game. Others watched because they were at a party. And some watched to watch the commercials.
It was the Super Bowl.
A Good Game
I thought it was entertaining. It had several lead changes, some fantastic plays, and was close down to the final seconds And my wife had excellent snacks.
But the underdog beat the favored team.
There’s just something special about the little guy upsetting the big guy.
In regular life, where the consequences matter, it gets more serious. Both David and Goliath stepped onto the battle field, but only one stepped off, it was the shepherd boy, a huge upset.
We have giants:
How we face our giants may be as important, or even more important, than the outcome.
Jesus Said This
“Blessed are you when insulted and persecuted…” Matthew 5:11
“Be reconciled to your brother.” Matthew 5:24
“Make peace quickly with your adversary,” Matthew 5:25
“If someone strikes you on the cheek, turn to him the other also.” Matthew 5:39
“Love your enemies and pray for those that persecute you.” Matthew 5:44
It’s not a popular viewpoint. Some say it reeks of cowardice and appeasement. But Jesus taught that loving one another was more important than winning the fight.
Certainly, we should stand for truth or we’ll fall for anything. Conviction is vital. But our path is one of peace, not the sword. We don’t beat others with clubs, or with the truth, we shouldn’t be beating heads at all.
“Underdog Beats Favored Champion”
Congratulations to the Eagles for upsetting your favored opponent!
But for regular life:
“As much as possible, as far it depends on you, live in peace with everyone.”