David and Goliath: Achieving Success
The story of David's victory over Goliath has inspired
millions of "little" people to believe that, even
though the odds were against them, they could win. It is the
story of a young shepherd boy who no one had ever heard of,
but who defeated a giant with a single stone from his sling,
and who rocketed to fame, fortune, and success.
We might think that David was simply lucky. Maybe he just
happened to be at the right place at the right time. But are
there things we can we learn from David that will help us do
what he did? Can we learn from David's victory over Goliath
how we can slay our own giants and become overnight successes?
Build Your Confidence - Face The Daily Challenges
When the king told David that he would not be able to defeat
Goliath, David answered, "Your servant has been keeping
his father's sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried
off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued
the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it
by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed
both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will
be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the
living God. The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion
and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this
Philistine." (1 Samuel 17:34-37)
David's confidence that he could defeat Goliath came
from having overcome similar challenges while simply working
for his father. Because David had learned to trust God in his
day-to-day life, just doing his job, he had developed the faith
to overcome any problem.
Becoming an overnight success requires that we have confidence
when our big opportunity comes. That confidence is built over
time as we learn to trust God and overcome our daily challenges.
Don't Give Up - Face The Criticism
In 1 Samuel 17:28 it says, "When Eliab, David's
oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with
anger at him and asked, 'Why have you come down here? And
with whom did you leave those few sheep in the desert? I know
how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came
down only to watch the battle.'"
When we realize that Eliab had just spent forty days being
afraid of Goliath, it's easy to understand why he got so
upset when his little brother said, "I'll kill him."
Eliab was embarrassed that David had more faith and courage
than he did, and it was Eliab's doubt and fear that made
him so angry with David.
In order for us to become overnight successes, we will have
to learn how to face criticism. And even if the people closest
to us are the harshest critics, we need to understand that the
fears that have kept them from pursuing their dreams can cause
them to be hard on us.
Use Your Creativity - Face The Giant
When David first announced that he would kill Goliath, he
probably didn't know how he was going to do it. As we read
the story we see that he tried to wear the king's armor,
but realized that it would not work (1 Samuel 17:38-39).
But something that we learn from David through this incident
is that it's OK to make mistakes, as long as we don't
go too far. Once we realize something isn't working, we
need to change what we're doing. We don't have to give
up on our dream; we just need to change how we have been trying
to reach it.
We will need to be creative and use our strengths if we want
to become overnight successes. The king's armor would have
been fine for the king, but not for David. Instead, David looked
at his experience and skills, trusted in God, and found a solution
to his gigantic problem by using his sling.
Prepare For The Long Haul - Face The Facts
I once heard about an interview with a famous rock musician
who had catapulted to success after releasing a live album.
The interviewer asked, "What was it like to become an overnight
success?" The rock musician replied, "For me it was
carrying my equipment in and out of dingy, smoke-filled bars,
night after night for fifteen years, until we released that
David's goal was to become the king of Israel. His victory
over Goliath played a major role in helping him accomplish that
goal. But defeating Goliath was not all that he had to do.
Many people have big dreams for their lives, but few of them
see those dreams become a reality. The time and effort that
it takes to overcome the problems and obstacles that every successful
person must face, the Goliaths that they have to defeat, seem
to be too great.
Everyone who wants to be successful will have to build their
confidence, stand firm in the face of criticism, find ways to
use their strengths, and commit to reaching their dreams no
matter how long it takes. Because the simple truth is, it takes
a long time to become an overnight success.
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