Fight or Flight?

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I went to church yesterday.  Yep, church.

Hell, I think everyone ought a go to church.

Side Note: I just had to say that.  When I use a salty word like “hell” it kinda throws my church goin friends.

For my non-Christian friends you’re probably laughing that I would even consider “hell” as salty.  It is for me.

Now, on the other hand, the “F” bomb would really get everyone’s attention.

But I digress.

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Why I bring up church is that our minister brought out a point that I had not realized before.

Now before my non-Christian friends start getting the yips and start becoming paranoid thinking I am going to get all preachy because I mentioned church and minister in the same sentence… relax.

I am just going to share an insight that applies to us all regardless of what we believe or think about Jesus.

The minister was talking about a very well known Bible story – David and Goliath.  It’s about a young shepherd boy fighting a literal giant.

Side Note: If you are not familiar with the story it is well worth your time to read it.  You can find it in the Bible at I Samuel 17.

It is a fascinating story.

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Every time I have heard this story it is used as a metaphor about “the giants” in our lives we face.

Giants in our lives are things like relationship problems, addictions, health issues, depression, work challenges, personal shortcomings, etc.  You name it and we all have some giant in our lives… we all do.

This time was no different, the minister used it as a metaphor.  But what was new was something I had failed to notice before.

I am going to share the Bible verses and focus on the part that sparked the “ah ha” moment.

The two verses are I Samuel 17:48-49.

“As the Philistine (Goliath) moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him.  Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it (with a sling) and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.

Take a look at the first sentence.  If you notice, there are two parts.

The first part is Goliath’s (the giant) move.  He moved closer for the attack.

The problems we face and the challenges we have are attacks.  They keep us from experiencing the fullness life has to offer and seem to hit us at the most inopportune times.

But the second half of the sentence is David’s move, “He ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him.”

Wow… he ran quickly toward.  This was the “ah ha” moment.

I don’t know about you but when facing a giant I tend to do one of three things – I fight, stand my ground, or hunker down.

We are to run at problems.  Aggressively running toward the battle is so counter intuitive.

If not, the battle comes to you on its terms… not yours.

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Avoid problems, and you’ll never be the one who overcame them.
- Richard Bach

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I have a lot of questions as to what all this means.  I in no way have a handle on this insight.  But I do know there is something here I am to take a look at.

Hopefully it has stirred something in you.

Later… see you on Thursday.

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