A Sunday School teacher read the familiar story of David and Goliath one Sunday morning to a group of 5 & 6-year old children.  The teacher had them sitting on the edge of their seats, wide eyed, and almost holding her breath as she read.  “David picked up one stone, and then two, three, four, and finally five and placed them in his pouch.  All the while Goliath slowly and with determination, shook the ground as he began his descend upon this small child at the bottom of the mountain.

            From Goliath’s perspective, he was certain that the battle was won.  All he had to do was go through the motion of bullying this young skinny kid, who looked as though he was preoccupied with a new task; picking up stones.

            From David’s perspective, he was certain that he was going to win.  Not because he was picking up stones, not because he was a master at throwing rocks from a slingshot.  NO! David knew he was going to win because he knew who’s battle this really was.”

            With every word, the children silently awaited the next words as the teacher said,  “Then David swung that slingshot round and round and round and round while Goliath continued to mock him for even trying to think he could defeat him, the mighty giant Goliath.  He let go of the rock and it went sailing way up in the sky just like a baseball.  Caught in the glare from the sun, Goliath could no longer see where the stone was until it was too late.  And with one blow, Goliath fell to the ground and all of David’s friends and family cheered because he was the champ!”

            All but one of the children applauded and cheered too.  The teacher noticed the one little boy sitting there with his hands crossed and an unhappy look on his face.  The others kept cheering.  Then he started shaking his head back and forth.  Finally, the teacher asked the 6 year old, “Why are you not cheering?”  The little boy said that he didn’t see any reason to cheer.  When the teacher asked why, he replied, “Anyone can be a hero when they have more than they need.”

The teacher looked puzzled until the little 6-year old, (going on 20), shared what he meant.  He said, “You see, he had four more stones.  If one didn’t do the job, he had four more chances.”  The teacher smiled and said, “Did I forget to tell you that Goliath had four brothers.” 

            The little boy’s eyes almost popped out of his head and then he said, “You mean David was going to take on five great big giants with five stones?  WOW!  He was crazy!”

            The teacher smiled and replied, “No, he had courage.”

            The little boy thought for a minute and he replied, “Teacher, I think I will pass on that kind of courage.”

            Too many times we stop short of seeing the giants defeated in our lives because we are not willing to trust God enough to pick up the stones of faith, obedience, trust, determination, and perseverance in our battles for fear that others will think we are crazy.  But remember, David had his resource but only used one.  God can defeat more giants when we let go of the first stone.
 
“Father, grow us in our faith to trust You enough that we will never hesitate to let You use us in the battles that we face in our lives.  Help us to trust You more so that others will see the victories that you want each of us to experience.  And  we ask this in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who died on the cross for our sins.  AMEN"

It Takes Courage