Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Defying Low Expectations

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Defying Low Expectations

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A Christian Science perspective: When a mom hears that her son's soccer coach once described the players as "lambs to the slaughter," she finds a way to help.

Society makes many predictions for us. People peg us for certain roles or positions. Sometimes we enjoy the prediction - hero, star, champion athlete. Other times it may feel hurtful, put us down, or stunt our personal growth. I've found that when faced with a negative outline or expectation, I can turn to God to know that good is all that He has in the forecast for me.

Many stories in the Bible tell of people having overcome low expectations. David and Goliath is one such story. Goliath was a Philistine giant, about 10 feet tall. He had been a warrior from his youth. David was a shepherd boy, who volunteered to go up against Goliath to save the Israelites from the Philistines. Despite the doubts of his countrymen as well as the smug attitude of Goliath, experience and size did not matter to David. The Bible records that he knew that God was his strength and power. Not only did David defeat Goliath, he killed him with a sling and one smooth stone.

I'm reminded of this story when thinking about a soccer tournament my son played in recently with teams from surrounding states. Each soccer club is required to submit a premier team, made up of the top skilled players in the program, in order to allow the club to submit teams in other skill brackets. The clubs that we play against have very talented teams, and the top team in our program has lost many games.

As the time for the tournament approached, a couple of the parents of the players expressed their concern about the high skill level of the teams our boys would be competing against. Last year, the coaches told the parents that they didn't have the level of talent to put together a premier team, but they submitted the best team that they could. They called the premier team the "lambs to the slaughter." Based on past experience and our team record this season, we didn't expect much out of this year's event. …

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