“David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied..” 1 Samuel 17:45
You know the story. Goliath of Gath was a champion fighter from his youth and was the Philistine army’s rising star who they strategically placed as their weapon of mass destruction. David, our protagonist, was known as the ‘shepherd boy’ who killed the lion and bear, the ‘underdog’ of the season, so to speak.
David however, won in a fight that was not even meant to be fair. Yet, he took on the challenge even before it began. And there are a few lessons we can pick up from David’s charge against Goliath of Gath.
Firstly, whenever we choose to take on a giant which could mean a new big challenge or a seemingly impossible problem, the world will view us as foolish. David’s brothers did. Do you find the phrases like “Stand down!”, “Hold back!”, “Don’t be silly!”, “You will surely perish!” familiar? Well, David did.
Secondly, we need a fresh perspective on our giants. The entire army of Israel viewed themselves in light of the giant they faced. David viewed the giant in light of the God that this giant faced.
Lastly, we need a new approach with our giants. Perspective frames approach. Once David realised that he was up against someone much bigger, he changed his approach. You cannot keep approaching your current with the same solution if it is not working. David switched to a mid range weapon instead of taking on Goliath in a short range hand to hand combat.
How are you leading your charge against your giant today?