I can’t even begin to tell you how many times in my life I felt the call to do something great but never chased the giant down because I was too worried about not being ready, or equipped, or good-enough. David didn’t care that he was young, or ill-equipped to fight Goliath, all He cared about was God being glorified. After reading this story for the umpteenth time the verse below jumped out and slapped me in the face. He triumphed … and he did it without a sword.
So David triumphed over the Philistines with only a sling and a stone, for he had no sword.” 1 Sam. 17:50 NLT
When I was twelve all I wanted for Christmas was the new AirJordans. We didn’t have a lot of money growing up and I knew it would take a miracle for me to get those shoes. I watched as my mom saved every week and when Christmas came I found one box under the tree with my name on it. I remember the moment I opened it and realized that the AirJordans were mine. I ran over to my mom and wrapped my arms around her neck. The next three basketball seasons I wore those shoes. I didn’t care that I didn’t look like I had the latest attire, or what people said about me. I understood the sacrifice that gave me those shoes, and that was all that mattered. Now as an adult I look upon these life lessons and wish I still lived like that. You know that feeling of fearlessness that you have as a kid? I want to be willing to surrender everything when I am asked because I understand the sacrifice that God gave for me; I want to live with that feeling at the forefront of my heart. And no matter what I look like, or no matter if all I have is a sling and a couple stones I want to run towards the giants in life. Truth of the matter is that He gave His life so that I could one day be a Giant Slayer….
….so here I go, challenge accepted!