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Experience teaches us that to succeed in almost any task, we need a worthy purpose, a clear goal, an action-plan, and faith. Consider how David defeated Goliath. He volunteered to fight the giant when the Philistines invaded their land. King Saul offered David his own armor, but David rejected this in favor of his own trusted slingshot. As the giant drew near him with a sneer, David outlined his plan to defeat the giant. We read in 1 Samuel 17, that he said to Goliath, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. Today the LORD will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! This is the LORD’s battle, and he will give you to us!” As Goliath came closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him. Reaching into his shepherd’s bag, he took out a stone, hurled it with his sling and hit the giant in the forehead. The stone sank in, and he fell face-down to the ground. David ran, took Goliath’s own sword from its sheath, and used it to kill him and cut off his head. David succeeded because he had a moral purpose—to achieve justice for his people; a clear goal—to deliver his people; a specific action plan—to cut off Goliath’s head; and courage—based on his faith in Almighty God. So when we begin any task, think about the way David defeated the giant.

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