I was in the Mauldin Sports Center getting my workout for the day and I overheard a group of older men talking about the Clemson vs Alabama National Championship Game. One of them said, "This reminds me of David and Goliath. Hunter Renfrow was the smallest guy on the field and he caught the winning touchdown." Another guy spoke up and said, "Yea, he was a just a walk-on from Myrtle Beach." In other words nobody expected much from him. He was the underdog.
It's amazing that the pattern we see in real life is the pattern we see in the bible. People who are underdogs sometime do some of the most amazing, unexpected things with their life. I'm sure Hunter Renfrow had his naysayers just like David and Joseph. David's own dad did not invite him to the coronation of the next King because he didn't believe David was King material. Joseph the little brother was mocked for his dream. Each one of them an underdog.
We live in a world where it seems we want to blame everyone and everything else for holding us back in life, from keeping us from our dreams, for making us an underdog.
Like Christine Caine said at the recent Passion Conference. "No matter what chaos is going on around you don't freak out, but you... will... need... endurance."
If we are going to do what God wants us to do we will need endurance. Endurance is the ability of strength to continue despite fatigue, stress or adverse conditions.
Hebrews 10:32-35 NIV
32 Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering. 33 Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. 34 You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions. 35 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.
People may be insulting you. People may be persecuting you. You may be experiencing conflict and suffering. It's gong to take endurance. In order for David to become King he had to have endurance. In order of Joseph to save a nation he had to have endurance. In order to be a part of winning a national championship Hunter Renfrow needed endurance. And then there is Dabo Swinney!
- His dad became and alcoholic and would beat on his mother
- His parents divorced
- Dabo cried in the High School Field House the night his parents divorced
- They were evicted from their house
- Dabo and his mom lived in motels
- Moved into a condominium and was evicted 3 months later
- Bounced from house to house staying with friends
- His mom lived with him in his college apartment sleeping in the same bedroom
"He's always been the underdog." said former Alabama quarterback Jay Barker, one of Swinney's teammates. Dabo had to have endurance as well.
Hebrews 10:35 NIV
35 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.
All these underdogs David, Joseph, Hunter Renfrow and Dabo Swinney never threw away their confidence. Just as David and Joseph are richly reward for their endurance Monday, January 9th 2017 Dabo and Hunter were richly rewarded. They can call themselves National Champions!
So if you are the underdog, red, yellow, black, white, abused, rejected, neglected, abandoned or inadequate don't "freak out" and throw away your confidence. If Dabo and Renfrow can do it so can you. It just takes some endurance!
Congratulations Dabo, Renfrow and all the Clemson Tigers! Monday night was a display of pure endurance (the ability of strength to continue despite fatigue, stress or adverse conditions)!