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24 July 2011

EXPERIENCES affect Identity – pt.7

12:01 AM Posted by steve flores No comments
“Everybody wants to be on the mountaintop, but if you’ll remember, mountaintops are rocky and cold.  There is no growth on the top of a mountain. Sure, the view is great, but what’s the view for? A view is just a glimpse of our next destination—our next target.  But to hit that target, we must come off the mountain, go through the valley, and begin to climb the next slope.  It is in the valley that we slog through the lush grass and rich soil, learning and becoming what enables us to summit life’s next peak.”
–Andy Andrews

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After David ditched Saul’s gear, with a staff in one hand, a slingshot in the other, and five rocks in his bag, he went to battle.  It sounds unbelievable, but past experiences, defeating a lion and a bear, taught David this was all he needed.  Past experiences gave David the confidence that God would be with him in this battle, too.  With that confidence, David ran out to meet Goliath.  I imagine David in a full sprint, screaming – part adrenaline, part fear, part confidence.  “And David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone and slung it and struck the Philistine on his forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the ground.” (1 Samuel 17:49)

Goliath’s life ended, while David’s life began.  Little did David know he was about to perform on the biggest stage of his life, but first he would have to work in a field with sheep, fight off lions and bears, be overlooked by his family, deliver a sack-lunch to his brothers, be ridiculed by his older brother, be told he was too young to battle by King Saul, and be shown that he was too scrawny to wear armor.  Each negative experience prepared David for the moment when he would run out to meet Goliath, sling a stone into the air, and kill the giant.  Seemingly, insignificant or hurtful experiences and hardships now may have incredible and profound significance in the future