Michelangelo, David and Goliath, Sistine Chapel
You remember the Bible story of David and Goliath.
Do you remember that when David approached Saul with the request to be sent to confront Goliath, the king tried to outfit the young shepherd?
David would not and could not wear Saul’s armor to battle Goliath. He was not Saul. He was not Saul’s size. He needed his own garb and his own weapons.
He was armored only with confidence. His only real weapon was a stone.
When we realize that we are unique, fearfully and wonderfully made people, we will come to be free to be ourselves. We won’t try to fit into someone else’s armor or style. We will celebrate our own personalities and unique voices for sharing the message that has been seared into our hearts.
We will abandon the need to use boiler plate strategies, jargon, and methodologies.
We will awaken to the reality that no one else and be who we are nor do what we can do. We are gifted in our own ways and our giftedness becomes part of God’s gift to the world.
Try this on for size today: Be the you that you were made to be.
If you are not you, no one else will be. The world will lose something valuable and, perhaps crucial to its survival
Living, itself, is a testimonial to others. That may be what you bring to the battle.
Just living is harder for some folks than any other challenge. They put on the armor that fits them and they go out to face their giants. Those who continue to press forward, live as a source of courage for the rest of us.
God knows who can be trusted to live openly and with joy on the wheel of suffering.
Only God can measure the results.
Wear your own armor.