“Then [David] took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.” 1 Samuel 17:40
Hey, everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful and meaningful Christmas. I can’t believe that it’s the end of 2015 already, but I’m so ready for 2016. I love how fresh and promising the new year always feels. Who’s with me?!
In my last post, I shared a page based on notes I had taken at a youth and young adult concert that I attended back in March. I’m still working my way through my journal entries from that weekend and transferring my thoughts into my Bible to make sure that I capture everything that I want to work through.
Because I grew up in the church, I’ve heard the story of David and Goliath approximately ten thousand times. I’m probably not even exaggerating. It’s a favorite for Sunday school teachers, but for good reason.
During the conference, one of the pastors spoke about this topic and breathed some new life into it for me personally. The biggest takeaway I had from this talk is this:
God used David’s everyday ability to bring down a giant.
I really had never thought of it that way. David was a shepherd boy who learned how to use a slingshot with accuracy so that he could tend to his flock. If you think about it, he did just that when he stepped up to defeat Goliath. God took something as simple as slingshot skills and saved a nation of people. That idea had probably never crossed David’s mind!
Sometimes it’s hard to understand that God can use us to further his kingdom. I find myself struggling with that often. I tell myself that there’s nothing special about me, so why would God choose to work through me? 100% lies.
God can use anything and anyone. God took a young shepherd boy and slayed a giant with his seemingly trivial skillset. God can use you to do great things, friends. Believe that.