“Is there not a cause?”
This phrase is a famous one, but we often forget the context surrounding it–there was a literal giant in front of David when he first said it. It’s a phrase that’s easy to quote when everything is great in our lives or to rally the troops when someone else is facing trouble, but it’s hard to remember this phrase when a giant is mere feet away, threatening all we hold dear.
We aren’t the only ones who have thought this way, just take a look at everyone around David at the time. They all had the same cause, but the difference between them and David was that David focused on the bigger picture and everyone else was focused on the problem.
It’s easy to focus on the giants, problems, difficulties, etc. That’s why the difference between the Great and the Average often depends on where their focus lies.
Every day Goliath would come out and scream fear and failure, and every day the Israelites would put all of their attention on Goliath. After a few days of this, they gave in and believed that voice.
We can’t give in to the giants in our lives. One woman who quit giving in to the giant in her life was Rosa Parks, who decided to stand up for the cause she believed in. Even though it had the potential to destroy her life, she chose to stand anyway. She did not let fear and the idea of failure stop her.
She is quoted as saying, “People always say that I didn’t give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn’t true. I was not tired physically … No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.”
We need to have that same kind of attitude! Something inside of us must say, “Giving in is not an option. I will stand for what I believe in, no matter the cost because the Cause is bigger than the giant.”
Her focus was on the right thing, and because of that, she is now called the first lady of Civil Rights.
How do you want to be remembered? When people look at you, do they see a giant killer or just another guy?
If you want to see change or if you’re going to be a part of great things, you have to keep your focus on the thing that matters most– the cause. Giants will always try to stand in the way, but your response will determine if their size matters.
We serve God and His purpose. That’s the cause we believe in, and this cause is bigger and will outlast any giant we face.
So, when the giants inevitably come, keep your head up, focus on God and His purpose for your life, and you, just like David and Rosa Parks, may end up being a giant killer, established in history as a world changer.