Do You Root for the Underdog? By Julie Arduini

I’m drafting this at the start of the Olympics, so when you read this, everything could be different. Work with me if it all changed, but guess what?

Michael Phelps is an underdog.

It isn’t only because he came in fourth in his first race, a swim he only earned a spot for by 7/100th of a second, I believe. In his interviews he admits he struggled after the last Olympics. He not only made unhealthy choices for his body, he walked away from the sport in every way for six straight months.

While his competition practiced daily.

His underdog status got me thinking. After all, I live an hour from Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Each year the football flags in my neighborhood are all for the Browns. But mid-season after they have lost a few games and the Steelers are posting wins, I’ve seen more than one house switch to the black and gold flag.

My husband is a die-hard fan for the sports underdog. Although he is a Yankee fan from childhood, he always picks teams that stats would lead you to believe have no chance of winning. He does the same for racing, golf, and basketball.

I’m drawn to kids that aren’t society standouts. I think every child is worth encouraging, so I love building up the ones that might not hear positive talk otherwise. Our daughter has had health struggles that in physical aspects, make her the underdog. I remember watching teachers at her field day giving her favor because they were rooting for her.

Julie Arduini’s daughter a few years ago when her health issues were more active. To this day, people give her favor and cheer for her when she tries things that are a physical challenge for her.

How about movies? Our church hosted an outdoor movie night where we watched Dolphin Tale. It was a sweet story where I was cheering for the dolphin and the young man who lost his legs. Remember the Olympic themed movie, Cool Runnings? I get caught up in that movie every time.
What about you? Who or what is an underdog you pull for?


About juliearduini

Julie Arduini loves to encourage readers to surrender the good, the bad, and ---maybe one day---the chocolate. She’s the author of ENTRUSTED: Surrendering the Present, as well as ENTANGLED: Surrendering the Past. The last book in the series, ENGAGED: Surrendering the Future, is coming soon. Her devotional, FINDING FREEDOM THROUGH SURRENDER, features the surrender themes and characters from the series. She also shares her story in the infertility devotional, A WALK IN THE VALLEY. She blogs every other Wednesday for Christians Read, and starting April 2017, will be part of the Inspy Romance blog. She resides in Ohio with her husband, two children, and secret chocolate stash. Learn more by visiting her at, where she invites readers to subscribe to her monthly newsletter full of resources and giveaway opportunities.
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