From the Bible to sports, underdogs important roles
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — Good 2019 everyone (Did you like that Jason Salsman?)! How is everyone doing? I missed you all very much.
I know I have not done a column in several months. I felt that I had nothing to write about for you all.
I know I have written features, news and sports articles to write, but no columns.
Nothing came to mind for me so I strayed away for a bit and focused on other things.
I feel it has been long enough.
So what can we talk about today? Well, when this goes to print it will be the second month of 2019.
Several years back I wrote an article about underdogs. Let me clarify, not about the superhero efv (dog), but about underdogs in general. In this case though, biblical underdogs.
An underdog defined on dictionary.com is a person or team that is the least likely competitor to win a contest.
One that I always loved talking about is Gideon. For reference on this one, go to the Book of Judges in the Old Testament of the Holy Bible.
Gideon was a military leader and also had other titles with him. But for this column, I will go with the military leader part.
Gideon was chosen by God to free the Israelites from the Midianites and Amalekites and to condemn them of their idolatry.
Gideon was not sure if this was true so he asked the Angel of God for three miracles, which God approved and performed.
From then on, Gideon gathered men to face their enemies. Problem was, God thought there were too many people.
Gideon was instructed to send home the men who were afraid. After that close to 10,000 men remained. Still God believed that was too much and after several others were told to go home after drinking water a certain way, there were only 300 left.
The Lord felt that was an adequate number for the battle.
With God and the 300 men, Gideon was able to beat a massive Midianite army.
I always root for the underdog.
The point I am trying to make is the underdog can win. We have seen it numerous times in football, basketball, horse racing, biblical passages, books and court cases (Lozman v. City of Riviera Beach).
Just because a person or team is smaller in stature does not mean they can win.
Just because you think victory is out of reach does not mean it is.
We all have been an underdog in several moments of our lives. Through those moments you have persevered. You pushed through it and defeated whatever you were facing.
One of my favorite parts of my columns is the quotes.
For the people who are reading this and know what I am talking about, tell those stories when you were in the underdog role. Anybody would love to hear it.
My first quote is from Korean-American author Jenny Han.
‘Victory is a thousand times sweeter when you’re the underdog.’
And my favorite is from my daughter, Syeann.
‘Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up. Be like me. I will never give up.’
Underdogs play a big role in our everyday lives. We see challenges. We can look at them, figure out a way to conquer them and then do it, or we can pass on it and try and find something easier.
Trust me, the easiest is not always the best.
Which one are you?
I am so glad to start 2019 with you all. I have missed being able to speak with the readers with my columns columns. So for this year expect a lot more.
I love you all!
The views expressed in this column are those of the author and should not be attributed to the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.