Many of us are very familiar with the story of David and Goliath. If you’ve never read it – please do [1 Samuel 17]. While many of us focus on the astounding feat of this fearless young boy, there are life-changing lessons to grab a hold of from this unassuming giant killer. The one whose father never even invited him to the table. When others saw a shepherd boy, God saw a king. First he did it because he dared to honor God with what he had in His hands. God used what he had in his hands, not what he wished he had. There’s also something else that is noteworthy about this boy’s mindset- he refused to wear someone else’s armor. Our journey and our battles were uniquely chosen for us. For who we are – not for who we wish we were.
We don’t move into purpose by wearing someone else’s armor – fighting someone else’s fight. Walking in someone else’s dream, following their vision board or even their passion. We find that place carved out for us when we own who we were created to be – imperfections and all. As we find ourselves navigating family and relationships this season, many of us dread those moments when the perfect, so-called accomplished overachievers show up. Some of us shrink in their presence or become weary of the covert comparison showcase that rears it’s ugly head every year. All of a sudden, you and yours don’t seem to be enough. We begin to wish we were different, things were different – We don’t feel enough.
Let’s remember – Our loving Father made provisions for who we are. Not for who we pretend to be. He does not bless who we wish we were. Who we are is enough for the One who so wisely charted our pathway.
O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit or stand. When far away you know my every thought. You chart the path ahead of me and tell me where to stop and rest. Every moment you know where I am. You know what I am going to say before I even say it. You both precede and follow me and place your hand of blessing on my head.Psalm 139:1-5 [LB]
***Thanks for reading – Remind those you love; those who struggle this season. They are enough.