July 16, 2017

Victorious Underdogs--2 Examples


“…the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. He led you through the vast and dreadful wilderness…He brought you water out of hard rock. He gave you manna to eat in the wilderness…”—Deuteronomy 8:14-16 (NIV)

Perhaps the most well-known underdogs in history are the Israelite slaves of Moses’ time. I’m certain they had lost all hope for a brighter future after 400 years of being trampled down as “less than human”.  Yet they were finally brought out of Egypt—with much Egyptian gold and riches.

In fact, the Biblical and modern history of Israel and the Jewish people is full of the struggles and victories of underdogs. It’s empowering to study, especially when we’re going through our own tough times. In this article, we’ll briefly touch on two examples, Albert Einstein and Ruth of the Bible:


Albert Einstein

I highlighted a quote from this genius in my last article. He is one of the most renowned physicists of all time. Here are some of his biggest accomplishments, in resume format:
  • Formulated the Theory of Relativity
  • Facilitated a deep study of quantum mechanics
  • Provided foundation for the atomic bomb theory


This amazing man had an estimated IQ (intelligence quotient) of 160-190.The bar graph above illustrates how his intellect towers above that of the average person. He must have been labeled as “Most Likely to Succeed” in his graduating class, right? Wrong!

Einstein’s Early Obstacles

This fascinating Washington Post article discusses how Einstein had a slow start in life.  He didn’t do well in his early academic career, for instance. He daydreamed often because he wasn’t into rote learning. Teachers labeled him as dull witted and slow. Students thought he was a freak because he had no interest in sports.

A certain Greek class is a prime example of his not fitting in. He wasn’t interested in the subject at all. I’m guessing that Latin would be helpful and motivating to a budding scientist. Greek? Not so much. He sat in the back of the class and said nothing. The teacher told him he would never amount to anything. He was wasting everyone’s time. He should leave school immediately.

Hello?! Prodigy of the scientific world alert! This is Albert Einstein we’re talking about. Gives the rest of us hope, doesn’t it?

Ruth of the Bible

This strong Moabite lady lost a husband and father-in-law. When her mother-in-law, Ruth, wanted to return to her birthplace of Bethlehem, Ruth insisted on following her.

The two ladies survived by picking up whatever tidbits of grain the harvesters left behind.  The owner of one field where they picked up food was Boaz, one of the richest men in the area. Boaz was kind to the two ladies when he learned of their circumstances. Ruth and Boaz fell in love and got married against all odds.

The impoverished foreigner had risen up in the world. But, wait; there’s more! Ruth also became the great-grandmother of King David of Israel. Jesus Christ was a direct descendent of David.

My Conclusion

“What is defeat? Nothing but education; nothing but the first step to something better.”—Wendell Philllips

Our past doesn’t dictate our future. Slaves can be led out of bondage. Bored students can become brilliant physicists. Poor foreigners can marry into greatness.

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