Hi Five Oakers, The weekend is almost here and I have a few things I want to share with you.
This weekend we look at David and Goliath. It is the quintessential children’s Bible story, at least for most boys (and a few girls, too). David is only a kid, there's a menacing enemy, and he's a giant. It can hardly get any better than that, yet it does. There's a sling and a stone. What kid doesn't go through a slingshot phase in life. Best of all, though, is the decapitation. What boy doesn’t want to see the picture of David holding Goliath’s head? Yes, it's morbid, but many boys (and, I'm sure, some girls) are fascinated by the whole scene.
But the children's version (and most popular uses of this story) are not enough. The real story goes so much deeper than you can imagine. If you understand it within the story of God it will give you so much more than you bargained for when it comes to needed courage. And rightly understood, this account will help you focus and face the most important giants and then take on the most crucial opportunities that your fears now block.
Jonathan Malesic on "Don't Search for 'Purpose.' You Will Fail. The big lie behind a Venn diagram meme"
Few of us will ever find our meritocratic purpose, much less “OWN it!” That shouldn’t mean we’re failures. Often, just standing in the PAID circle is a triumph. That’s certainly true for day laborers, whose purpose on the job is to make each other’s work bearable. Their rule is, “Carry your end of the load.” If we all adopted that rule, then once we’ve carried our end, we can meet at the water cooler, share a laugh, and scheme to knock off early. Being human together is purpose enough.
Joshua Reich on "Praying for Your Kids"
Let me say something that is hard to hear and doesn’t get said enough: God might be most glorified through your child’s rebellion. He might draw more people to Himself that way. He might draw you as a parent to Himself that way, and ultimately His plan to draw your child to Himself might be through a long, dark season of rebellion.
One More Thing
Malcolm Gladwell in his book, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants:
Courage is not something that you already have…Courage is what you earn when you’ve been through the tough times and you discover they aren’t so tough after all.