I ran into Goliath one day at a Christian bookstore. I had a gift certificate that I wanted to spend and only about 20 minutes to find something, check out, and leave so I could get back to work in time to eat. Then a short, older man approached me. He asked if I needed help finding anything. I made some goofy remark about having 50 books already at home that I still need to read. I told him thank you and thought that was it.
That was not it. Not for Goliath.
The standard reply of “Just let me know if you need anything” was not uttered. The man did not move. Without missing a beat he questioned,
“Would you prepare a meal and not eat it? Why buy a book and not read it?”
Suddenly I realized that I wouldn’t be spending my giftcard today. I started to wonder if I was going to make it back to work on time. I started to wonder if I would make it home by dinner.
Something about the man changed before my very eyes. He began to grow.
He told of stories of being in his home country, of his family, and of his faith. With every word he spoke he grew larger and stronger. He told me about being an atheist and how he was saved by his a tract given to him by a friend. He spoke of his love for God’s Word and how he has read hundreds of books.
It was a nice story and a great testimony. If I was not in a hurry I would have probably sat and listened for a while. However, I WAS in a hurry. I told him a couple times that I had to go, but he kept me. I was already upset, but then he said that “Christian rock” is a contradictory term. I don’t like much Christian rock, but it is a valid form of Christian music.
After he poured out his life history and life lessons before me he looked ten feet tall.
I searched my pocket for a few smooth stones and a sling, but could only find my cell phone; which showed me how long it had been since I first entered the store. 25 minutes…
I showed every sign of disgust that I knew how to show as he continued to talk – apparently American body language was not one of the hundreds of books that he had read. He asked if I regularly read the Bible. I told him, “Yes. Well, sort of. Not everyday”. That was a stretch. I have fallen flat on my face when it comes to reading my bible.
He said the number of meals that I eat in a day should equal the number of chapters that I read. Finally, he asked me if I knew Jesus – which I clearly did not display to him that I did. As I grew smaller and he grew taller he finally released me – 30 minutes after I entered the store.
I took the long walk back to my car feeling dejected and angry. I growled and scowled all of the way back to the office. People were intentionally annoying me on the way. Some people were driving “like grandmas” – way to slow; while others were driving “like maniacs” – too fast to pass.
I scarfed down my food and hurried back to my desk. What a waste of a lunch. I felt so angry that he wasted my time. I felt so angry that I didn’t get to buy anything.
I felt angry…but it was not any of those reasons. Sure, I would have liked to pick up something with my gift card, but I could do that any day. What upset me so much? I thought for a minute as I relived that 30 minutes in my mind.
I saw Goliath again. Tall, proud Goliath. He’s taller than me. He is smarter than me. He is everything I am not. He succeeds where I fall short.
Then I pictured him again. He was short, older man. He asked me if I needed help finding anything. Apparently, I needed more help than I realized. He was my Goliath – my lack of commitment to prayer and Bible study, my fear of witnessing, my anger, and my short temper. In 30 minutes all of my greatest stumbling blocks were before my eyes. Goliath stood before me. Unlike David, I did not slay the giant. I did not overcome all of my greatest obstacle. I stood humbled.
This Goliath did not have to lift a finger to deliver a crushing blow to my ego.
People have a misconception about Christians. Because I am a Christian I do not think that I am perfect in some way. I know other nonChristians that are better people than I am. I want to work on that. The most important truth that I cling to is that I am saved despite the type of person I am.
I am far from perfect. I thank God for His wonderful grace that overcomes my worst behavior. God does not excuse me – He has given me a good whipping from time to time – but He forgives me. What a friend we have in Jesus! Praise God for forgiveness!
What Goliath have you faced recently that you had to try and overcome?
Welcome to my first ever guest post. I’m excited to introduce you to Hannah Roehrick, a Christian and a blogger at https://www.facebook.com/ourdebtfreejourney.
I appreciate her willingness to share her story with you!
I used to think that faith and finances were separate. In fact, I kept my faith separate from most “practical” things like school, work, and, well basically everything. To me, the spiritual didn’t fit into everyday life, belonging to a dimension occupied solely by church leaders and evangelists.
What I didn’t realize at the time was that God was using this perspective to prepare me for a revelation–one that would shake my very foundation, and open my eyes to a reality that I never could have imagined.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matt. 6:33 ESV
Hannah Roehrick is a wife, blogger, debtor, and Christ follower.She and her husband, Chad, started Our Debt-Free Journey in 2014 to tell the tale of their climb up Debt Mountain. It’s their hope that readers can use the experiences illustrated on https://www.facebook.com/ourdebtfreejourney to avoid the same pitfalls in their own lives.
“Good Fortune”. “Lucky streak”. “Blessing from God”.
Many people use these three phrases interchangeably. The first two are more or less the same, but the third is very different.
Blessings from God come with absolutely no strings attached. However, they do come with great responsibility.
When our daughter came into our lives we experienced many different emotions. We realized on the first day we brought her home that she was our responsibility. No more folks coming to take her all night and feed her when she cries. No more pages to the nurse desk to bring things. We were on our own.
We felt both excited and scared (as any first time parents feel) as we fumbled through diaper changes, 2AM feedings, and screaming fits. Those days are long past us and we have come to learn that we still don’t know what we’re doing.
By the time we had our second child the fear lessened, but the responsibility only grew. It has continued to grow with each passing year.
It is amazing to watch these two crazy kids develop their own personalities. We realize there are many things we have control over for now, but not forever.
We don’t have to pump info into her head like a computer, but we do need to give her books to read, good TV programs to watch, and creative outlets to express herself.
Their minds are sponges. We are responsible for making sure what they absorb makes them better people. We have them for such a small period of time. There will be a point in the future where our only influence we have on them is through the things we’ve taught and the examples we have given.
They will feel our love no matter where they go if we cover them in it while we still can.
Most importantly, they need to not only hear our profession of love and devotion to Jesus, but to see it in action. They need to see us praying, hear us read the Bible, and know that we will be going to church because we “want to”, not because we “have to” do it. We need to raise them to love God the way we love Him.
Children are amazing blessings and the greatest responsibility we will ever know.
The world is a scary place to raise a child. God help us. That’s not just a saying, but our prayer.
I think I know what you are thinking…
What is this site about? Bob’s BLT?
I thought about going a more professional route, but then I realized something.
I am not an entirely professional person.
That’s not to say I’m a slob or that I do not care. On the contrary. I want to help you and the only way I can do that is by being me.
Goofy & awkward.
So, let’s get down to it.
Our lives… not an accident. We were created for a purpose. What is your purpose? Why are you here?
I cannot figure that out for you, but I can help. I can also help you live a life that will be pleasing to the God who created you. The only one who knows your entire story.
In the coming weeks/months you will start to follow me through my personal journey. You will also start to understand the importance of the FOUR Ls:
- LIFE – Living life like every moment matters
- LOVE – Building & maintaining strong relationships
- LEAD – Leading others even when it is easier to be a follower
- LEGACY – Influencing others to pick up where you leave off
Here is the secret ingredient to Bob’s BLT:
I don’t have this all figured out yet.
I am not an expert. I am just a guy. I want to live up to the life that God intended for me. I want that for you too.
I need your help.
What are some things you need help with? Would love to help you, or connect you with someone who can.