David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone. —1 Samuel 17:50
Five of us siblings were in the backyard tossing around a wig that someone had given our mom but she never wore. Isaac was the oldest at ten, followed by Walter, Nigel, Julie, and me, six years old. In our enthusiasm, someone flung the wig/frisbee too hard, and it landed on the other side of the fence in Mr. Moore's yard. My older siblings didn't want to disturb our American neighbor—and maybe get in trouble—so they set me up to be the spokesperson. "Mr. Moore!" I yelled, "We want we wig but we can't get we wig!" Clearly I wasn't the one for the job, grammar-wise, but Mr. Moore left what he was doing and came to the fence, smiling, as he handed our wig back to us.
David didn't seem to have what the job required either when he stepped up to fight Goliath. Barely out of his teens and sent to take food for his brothers that day, he offered to fight the fearsome Philistine warrior who had been hurling insults at the Israelite soldiers daily and daring them to send someone to come fight him. However, David declined King Saul’s impressive but ill-fitting armor (1 Samuel 17:32-40). Instead, he “triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone” (v. 50a). He used what he had and was comfortable with.
How about you?
Do you desire to share God’s word with others but have only a primary school-level education? Use that.
Do you wish to support a ministry or community project but can afford only a small financial contribution? Give that.
Do you want to spend time with God daily but can squeeze in only 15 minutes before your family wakes up? Do that.
Regardless how much or how little we have, God wants to use each one of us in His kingdom. All we have to do is step up.
Reflection: What is God calling you to do in this season of your life? What do you have now that you can use to at least get started?
Lord, here I am. Use me for whatever assignment you have for me. Even if I don't feel like I'm good enough or have enough, I know You equip those who You call, so fill me with Your confidence and power.
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