One of the most popular Bible stories of all times is the account of David and Goliath. David the underdog kills Goliath a giant who was terrorising the Israeli people. This victory impressed all the Israelites and rightly so. Goliath was six foot nine at least, wearing a bronze helmet and full body armour. He carried a javelin, a spear, and a sword. An attendant preceded him, carrying a large shield. The giant faced the Israelites and shouted out: “Choose you a man and let him come down to me! If he prevail in battle against me and strike me down, we shall be slaves to you. but if I prevail and strike him down, you will be slaves to us and serve us.” When David a little shepherd boy volunteered, Saul the king objected: “You cannot go against this Philistine to do battle with him, for you are a lad and he is a man of war from his youth.” But the shepherd boy was adamant. He had faced more ferocious opponents then this , he argued. We all know how the story ends.
In my opinion David and Goliath is a story about what happens when ordinary people confront giants. By “giants” I mean powerful opponents of all kinds from misfortune, to difficulties, and oppression. We are always impressed when someone overcomes their weakness, and turns it into their strength. Goliath in the eyes of the world seams unbeatable, but to destroy him it only took a boy who knew his strengths and understood his opponents weakness.
Sometimes we don’t realise that the very thing that could make us different to everybody else, is the same thing that we think makes us weaker than anyone else. What is impressive is the fact that time and time again people who seem to be disadvantaged excel in the exact thing that they are meant to be disadvantaged in. Perhaps the most famous example of this is Albert Einstein. Albert Einstein arguably the greatest scientist of all time, is usually at the top of the list of famous dyslexics. According to LD lore, Einstein failed to talk until the age of four (the result of a language disability). It is also claimed that Einstein could not read until the age of nine. Isn’t it ironic that Einstein had to excel at the very thing he was meant to be weak in.
In life we get to choose. The world may define us in one way, but we choose who we want to be. “All things are possible to him who believes.” Perhaps you feel that you are weak at something that you have a passion for. Your weakness will help you to work harder and never take anything for granted. Your weakness will allowed you to know yourself. Just like David in the story of David and Goliath, David did not try and be something he was not. He did not attack Goliath in the way Goliath thought he would. David attacked Goliath in a way that was different from that of anyone else. He was true to who he was and excelled in what he knew best. People told him that it was impossible but he showed them that the impossible was actually possible.
Today if you feel disadvantaged, I understand you, but don’t stay there, believe in who you are. Don’t give up, and what people tell you is impossible will become possible through you. We have a choice in life: we can chose to try and be like Goliath, better than everybody else, crushing other people no matter what; or we can chose to be like David, believing in excellence, remaining authentic to who we are, and allowing our weakness to become our strength.
To the question: David or Goliath? Please, for the sake of the world choose David!