Jesus Smart: The Podcast

011: The Surprising Power of the Underdog (Minisode 9:53)

July 12, 2018

Are you facing a stiff challenge? Or maybe a promising opportunity, but it seems like such a long shot. There are advantages to being an underdog—we’re forced to be creative and innovative. We break out of that limiting “box” to potentially rise to a new level.

The almost 3000-year-old account of David and Goliath is the perfect underdog touchstone. The ginormous Philistine arrogantly presumed how the life and death contest would play out. But he had no way of knowing what was coming at him! He was about to be taken down by an "underdog!"

See the show notes page for this episode on (See the Ted Talk and book by Malcolm Gladwell)



Yes, David was a highly skilled "slinger." But when he released that stone, it was really riding on the higher energy of …

  • David’s connection and covenant relationship with God.
  • His faithful lifestyle of intimate worship.
  • The personal victories he was building upon in his private life (he killed the lion and the bear while watching his father’s sheep).



Let’s think about it … what needs to be nullified (listen to the podcast to understand what I mean here) in our lives, or in the world around us?

  • Is it something relationally?
  • Is it in the realm of finances or business?
  • Is there a challenge in the areas of physical, mental, or emotional well-being?
  • Is there an impact you desire to make?

If we feel intimidated or overwhelmed about something, let’s start allowing hope to rise within. Like David, let’s go deeper, develop our internal state, and discover hidden keys to execute a surprising victory!



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