David and Goliath

Published January 21st, 2009 by Cael Sanderson

Hello everyone Happy today!

Things are going good.  We’ve had a productive week and a half of training.  We are working hard to take a few small steps forward as we prepare for the national tournament in March.  We wrestle Oklahoma on Friday and Oklahoma State on Sunday. 

There’s nothing more important than your attitude.  We have a choice in how perceive every situation, every opportunity and every obstacle.  My favorite story on attitude is from author John Maxwell when he tells the story of David and Goliath.  HE tells the story like this, “in ancient Israel when Goliath came up against the Hebrews, the soldiers all thought, He’s so big we can never kill him.  David looked at the same giant and thought; He’s so big I can’t miss.”  I believe we can take any challenge or something commonly considered negative and put a positive spin on it.  Later on his book, Real Leadership: The 101 Collection, John Maxwell writes more about the story of David and Goliath.  Maxwell says, “The biblical story of David’s encounter with Goliath is a fine illustration of faith and how it may overcome insurmountable odds with seemingly inadequate resources.  But one thing perplexed me when I first began to study David’s life.  Why did he pick five stones for his sling on his way to encounter Goliath?  The longer I pondered, the more perplexed I became.  Why five stones?  There was only one giant.  Choosing five stones seemed to be a flaw in his faith.  Did he think he was going to miss and that he would have four more chances?  Sometime later I was reading in 2 Samuel, and I got the answer.  Goliath had four sons, so that means there were five giants.  In David’s reckoning, there was one stone per giant!”  Isn’t that story awesome!  Good stuff

The scriptures are the ultimate resource.  I was just thinking the other day how our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the perfect example.  He is the perfect example in all things.  There are the obvious things like faith, how to treat one another, what we need to do to return to live with our Heavenly Father, etc.  But being a coach I was thinking about all of the pressure our Lord had while on earth.  We all think we have great pressure and we joke about feeling like we have the whole world on our shoulders.  Well, our Lord Jesus Christ did literally have the weight of every person ever born and unborn and their eternal salvation riding on His shoulders.  Wow, that pressure is incomprehensible.  It’s like trying to understand eternity or how deep space is, or why Cunningham can’t ever get a takedown on me in practice, we can’t.  We don’t have to look far for answers.  What did Jesus do? How did He think?  We know He got down on His knees and prayed to Heavenly Father, among other things.  His life is the ultimate example for us.  We are lucky and blessed.  I believe that sometimes the answer is too simple, the path is too cut and dry and that makes it difficult to accept.  We humans like to complicate things as much as possible.  The road has been paved for us; we just have to keep moving in the right direction (or something like that-haha)