Inevitably you’ve heard the term, “Grow a pair.” I know it doesn’t portray the most pleasant imagery, but there really is something to having a spine in today’s society. There just aren’t enough people around anymore that, when asked, speak their mind without reservation. Most folks these days fit into two categories:
- the yammer on forever without ever being asked about everything because they’re an expert category
- and the never say a word because i might offend somebody and so i’ll go along with anything category
Well, the soldiers in the last post – We are His Church…and Warriors – have some stones.
Yea, they have the figurative “pair” that more people today really need, but they also have a different set of stones. They immediately reminded me of David and so I went back and looked up the last chapter in a book I read recently. The chapter entitled, Goliath Down!, speaks of the ammunition David, as a shepherd, brought into battle with him. And I suspect our soldiers friends from We are His Church…and Warriors are packing them, too.
The Stone of the Past
Catalog God’s successes in your life. Refuse to focus on your own failures.
Write today’s worries in the sand. Chisel yesterday’s victories in stone.
The Stone of Prayer
Before every victory David experienced, he first went to God in prayer. Don’t face your giant without first doing the same.
Peace is promised to the one who fixes thoughts and desires on the king.
The Stone of Priority
Think about your own reputation – how strongly you are affected by it – how strongly you defend it. David guarded God’s reputation fiercely.
See your struggle as God’s canvas. On it He will paint His multicolored supremacy.
The Stone of Passion
David ran, not away from, but toward his giant.
David lobotomized the giant because he emphasized the Lord.
The Stone of Persistence
Goliath had four T-Rex sized relatives. Who knew if they would come to Goliath’s rescue. David didn’t think one rock would do. He was ready to do it again. And again. . .
Never give up.
– We are His church… and Warriors
– All of the italicized phrases are quotes from the book, Facing Your Giants: The God Who Made a Miracle Out of David Stands Ready to Make One Out of You