GOLIATH and you…

August 31, 2011

I’m sure you’re familiar with the Biblical story of David and Goliath in I Samuel 17. In this classic underdog tale, we read about how David, a mere boy at the time, dares to fight toe-to-toe with the seasoned, battle-tested Philistine champion, Goliath who stood about 9-ft 9-inches tall.  The story goes that twice a day for 40 days, Goliath would taunt the entire Israelite army, demanding it to put an opponent on the field to settle the matter of victory once and for all.

For fear, no one dared to take Goliath up on his challenge. That is until…

As was his custom, David would take food to his three eldest brothers who were Israelite soldiers in king Saul’s army. On this fateful day, David arrived at the camp to hear a loud war cry, as Israel’s soldiers maneuvered into their battle positions. Immediately, David ran in the direction of the excitement, and that’s when Goliath began to make his usual taunts.  Young David was amazed to see the entire Israelite army paralyzed by fear because of one  man, albeit a giant of a man.

In verse 25 of that chapter, David overhears soldiers talking about the reward that the king would give to the man who would face and kill Goliath. To the victor, king Saul would give: (1) great wealth, (2) his daughter in marriage, and (3) total tax exemption in Israel for his entire family. You would think such a reward would be incentive enough to cause at least one of the king’s veteran soldiers to step forward, but it did not.

Long story short… When David heard about the reward, he was shocked that no one accepted the king’s offer. In the end, he stepped up to the plate, let his sling fly, and hit a home run with one smooth stone right in Goliath’s forehead.

The victory captured the king’s attention; king Saul wanted to know just who this boy’s father was. From that point forward, David was known as the man who killed Goliath and brought victory to the nation of Israel.

And your point is…

Let’s face it, we would all like to reap the benefits of living on the mountain top without having to expend a lot of effort to do so. Right! No one in his right mind wants to suffer deprivation of any kind to get something else, if at all possible.

But we all know nothing worthwhile comes to us without having to offer something of value in exchange. To achieve any measure of success in life, you must be willing to pay a premium cost to enjoy it. At some point, you must surrender time and/or money as ransom for the things you desire most in life. No escaping that fact.

But the truth remains… Most are unwilling to hurdle the obstacles that stand between them and their goals.

Understand that all obstacles are barriers first to the mind. And after the mind accepts them as such, the body must comply and halt progress. Did you get that? How you view the obstacles in your life determines whether you advance, stand still, or retreat.

You may want to question the worth of your goals in life if there exist no formidable obstacles between you and them. They do indeed serve a valuable role along the journey to you reaching your goals in life. Obstacles serve four important functions:

1. They are indicators of where you are headed.

2. They act as pit-stops to allow you to gain necessary wisdom.

3. They help you to know the value of the prize you seek.

4. They serve as great qualifiers to screen out unworthy suitors.

I will speak in detail about each of these four roles in upcoming posts, but for now simply know that obstacles are very valuable to your success.

You were born to be great, but greatness will never be handed to you without first proving your claim to it.

I would love to know your thoughts. Please post a comment!