Sunday, April 15, 2012

April 16, 2012

“Don’t worry about this Philistine,” David told Saul. “I’ll go fight him!” I Samuel 17:32

Three frogs are sitting on a lily pad. Two of them are thinking about jumping off the pad and into the pond. How many are left?

You are right! Three! Because thinking about jumping is different from jumping! They didn't jump!

Is it harder to fight a giant or to fear a giant?

For forty days or so the soldiers of the army of God had sit and listened to the taunts and rants of this Goliath guy. And every day they heard it and did nothing in response, the harder it became. The longer they stared at him and failed to act, the larger he looked.

There might be a lesson for us! Giants must be faced. The sooner you face your giant the better it will be.
Avoidance is not godly. Problems do not go away because we pretend they don't exist, they only get bigger and badder!

Procrastination doesn't kill giants. Actually, it doesn't kill midgets either!

I remember being bullied on a daily basis by Jim Leslie. Day after day he would pass me in the hallway at school an punch me when I walked by. He would come up behind me and knock the books out from under my arm or talk smack or hit me. I was about 5'6'' and he was about 6'2''. But one day I finally reached the limit of my tolerance and when he hassled me I spun around and punched him in the gut. As I was turning with my hand balled up into a fist I was fully convinced that I would get killed for doing this but I just couldn't take it any longer - if I died I died!

Much to my surprise - and apparently to his as well - he didn't strike back. Instead, he backed away, made a few parting insults and walked away. He never bothered me again! I took a stand and it paid off.

Problems don't solve themselves. Threats don't diminish over time. Giants don't get any smaller. Confrontation never gets easier. So time solves little when you are being threatened or opposed.