1st Samuel 17: 38 Saul clothed David with his armor; he put a bronze helmet on his head and clothed him with a coat of mail. 39 David strapped Saul's sword over the armor, and he tried in vain to walk, for he was not used to them. Then David said to Saul, "I cannot walk with these; for I am not used to them." So David removed them. 40 Then he took his staff in his hand, and chose five smooth stones from the wadi, and put them in his shepherd's bag, in the pouch; his sling was in his hand, and he drew near to the Philistine.
Peace and love to you in Jesus name.
You know, I miss the days of airport security screening, when they would ask the most ridiculous question in the world- "Did you pack your own bag or did somebody pack it for you?" I learned quickly, you don't want to tell them you find random strangers off the street to pack your bag. It leads to more in depth searches. Hmm.
But that question, while rather outrageous to ask of a person travelling by plane, train or automobile is a very relevant question we should ask ourselves each and every day - "Did you pack your bags or did somebody else?" or another way to pose it, "Are you carrying your baggage or somebody else's?"
One of the things you learn in life is how often people are projecting their own fears, issues, hurts, pains, prejudices, identity on to you. We may allow the manners in which we are viewed by others begin to determine who we are and how we are called to live. We get weighed down by their baggage.
The story of David versus the champion Goliath is a great case in point. All the men of the Israelites were scared to death of Goliath's pedigree, power and prowess. They cowered as he called them out; but not David! Although he was only a teenager, he was not fearful of the giant; instead he was faithful to trusting God.
When David went to fight Goliath, Saul paralyzes him by placing his own armor on David. It was an act of projecting his own sense of inadequacy thinking David would need these items to be victorious. The act of projecting his own issues onto David literally kept David from being able to walk or move.
So what does David do? He removes Saul's armor, grabs a stick and a sling shot plus five smooth stones (just in case he misses) and he was good to go. David walked his walk the way he walked it and he did not bow down to conformity by somebody else.
Walk your walk. Be who God created you to be! You can't be slowed down or even paralyzed by other people's opinions or views of you. You are liberated to be you and know just as you are, you are worthy!
Be the YOU God created YOU to be!
Love, Pastor G