Summary: How does the underdog become the overachiever?

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1st Samuel 17:1-50

INTRODUCTION: There’s no need to fear! Underdog is here! Remember that cartoon? We enjoyed seeing the puny dog take on the villains and accomplish impossible feats of strength and daring do. We like to root for the underdog. We like to see the little guy beat the big guy. We like to see teams beat the odds and walk away with the amazing upset. We cheer when the one who received no respect triumphs. But why do we care so much about the underdog? Probably because we all see a little bit of ourselves in the underdog. When we see someone else rise above the insurmountable odds and come away victorious we are inspired to believe that we can be winners too.

1) How does the underdog become the overachiever? 1st Samuel 17:1-50. Dict. def. for-‘Underdog’: “The expected loser in a contest or struggle.” “One who is in an unfavorable position.” How did David, the underdog, become David the overachiever?

· CHALLENGE. (Vs. 4, 8-11, 16, 32). In order to succeed the underdog first needs to be take on a lopsided challenge. Some people readily shy away from such challenges. Unless the odds are in their favor, they fold and walk away. David took on the challenge when no one else dared to. Is there a big challenge staring you in the face? Have you been avoiding taking it on because the odds are not in your favor? The underdog becomes an overachiever when he is willing to take on an impossible challenge.

· CONVICTION. The underdog needs something to fight for. He needs something to stir his passion. David didn’t appreciate Goliath defying God’s people (vs. 26). He wasn’t worried about the contrast in size or the fact that he hadn’t been in a battle before. He was passionate about standing up for God and his people and that conviction allowed him to stand up to the massive challenge. What about the challenge you’re facing? Why would you take it on? What purpose will it accomplish? What do you stand to gain from it?

· COURAGE&CONFIDENCE. (Vs. 33-37 [set-up to vs. 33]): David didn’t allow Saul’s comment to shake his confidence. Usually underdogs actually feed off of negative comments. Those comments are the fuel that motivates and pushes them harder. David had already taken on challenges facing bears and lions. Through taking on and being victorious in these challenges, David gained the courage and confidence necessary to face the giant. (Vs. 38-47): David stood in front of this massive beast and said, ‘bring it on’. This wasn’t self-confidence but rather a confidence in the God of his people. In order for the underdog to become an overachiever he has to have confidence; he has to believe he can do it. (Vs. 48-50): David’s conviction, courage and confidence paid off. The real giant that day was David. Underdogs become overachievers when they take on tough challenges with conviction, courage and confidence.

2) How is being an underdog a good thing? It would seem that being the underdog in a contest would not be the favorable position to be in. So what will help us to be able to see that being the underdog can be a good thing?

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