By Sandy Kirby Quandt
In the story of the shepherd boy, David, when he went up against the giant, Goliath, King Saul offered David his armor and sword for the battle. David put on the king’s equipment, tried to walk around in it, then decided it was useless. It wasn’t a good fit. It wasn’t his style. He’d never worn such things before and right before battle was not the best time to be breaking them in.
Kind of reminds me of the scene in Lord of the Rings where Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli are in Rohan preparing to battle the Orcs. Gimli puts on the chainmail armor. Way too big. So he takes it off. He knew his strengths and ill-fighting armor was not one of them.
Each of us has been given our own armor — abilities. If we try to put on the armor of someone else it won’t fit. We won’t be a bit of good using it. We’ll trip over our feet, and fail miserable.
But we do that sometimes, don’t we? We think someone else has a better sword. We try to wield it but it’s too heavy. We get exhausted in the process and aren’t very successful with it.
Not all of us are singers or poets. Not all of us are orators or evangelists. Not all of us can grow vegetables or paint pictures. Some of us are technology whizzes. Some master craftsmen. Some are the architects others are the builders. Some create the things others sell. Some like to work in groups. Others prefer solitude.
Not everyone feels comfortable teaching children or feeding the homeless. Taking care of the sick may make us squeamish. Walking behind the locked doors of a jail to witness to inmates is definitely not for everyone…And all that’s okay.
What say we put on the armor God gave us? Take up the individual skills and abilities he put inside us. Stop trying to put on what belongs to someone else, even if it does look way cool.
What are your thoughts on the subject? Leave your comments below.
Then Saul gave David his own armor—a bronze helmet and a coat of mail. David put it on, strapped the sword over it, and took a step or two to see what it was like, for he had never worn such things before. “I can’t go in these,” he protested to Saul. “I’m not used to them.” So David took them off again. 1 Samuel 17:38-39 (NLT)
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