I keep returning to Malcolm Gladwell’s book: David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants. This morning, reading a devotional on 1 Samuel 17:37…David said moreover, The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the Lord be with thee… I am pondering what I can learn from David’s battle.
In the Maxwell Leadership Bible, John Maxwell notes—David was able to to stand against this giant due to several leadership qualities or traits.
David’s perspective differed from most. He actually saw opportunity in the fight. Are there certain “fights” we are in today in which we need to change our perspective and see opportunity not fear?
David’s methods differed. He decided to use proven “high-tech” weapons that he had experience with, and he knew which weapon would work. We have to be sure we are using what we have, and not trying to put somebody else’s “armor” on. We need to be who we are.
David’s conviction differed from others. He heard the giant’s threats against God and knew GOD could beat him. What are our convictions telling us today?
David’s vision was differed. He wanted Yahweh to be known to the world. Is our vision clear?
David had experiences that differed from others. His past victories over a lion and a bear gave him confidence that his past (and God) had prepared him for his current fight. We need to take stock of our experiences and use them.
David’s attitude was different. Most stood in fear of the giant’s shear size and power, but David studied the giant and knew his weaknesses. Goliath was not a threat too big to hit….he was a target too big to miss. We have to take the shot!
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky
Things to ponder… also read David or Goliath—Choose Wisely and Don’t Forget Your Roots: DeMarco Banter
2 Replies to “Are you the David or the Goliath in Your Fight? DeMarco Banter”
I think the asymmetry of the tale is very relevant to the outcome and the timelessness of the story. Every aspect of this story is about opposites: religion, size, weapons etc. You make great points in your discussion above including how God equipped David throughout his life for that day’s battle. The irony that a shepherd boy with a sling could take out Goliath is not lost on me. Neither is the slightly deeper idea that a little vulnerability, or even a single opportunity, that can be attacked from range with a simple, direct hit may be all the advantage needed to turn the battle the other way. Life is full of these opportunities, I guess that is why we always “check 6”.
Thanks Ben… If you get a chance read Gladwell’s book… very good and totally along the lines you mention above. Also… I don’t know if you had a chance to read the follow on post at the link “David or Goliath—Choose Wisely and Don’t Forget Your Roots: DeMarco Banter” above… breaks the concepts you mention down even further. Have a great one Ben