Ang SuperEpic Stories ay isang bagong series dito sa aking blog. I will feature stories from characters from the Bible, from history, and in our present day that illustrates the ideas and concepts in the book: “May Powers Ka to Be #SuperEpic.”
Feel free to share, use this as part of your devotion or study at para na rin matulungan ka para maging mas mabuting leader.
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Bata pa si David noon. Bunso, at medyo hilaw pa sa karanasan. At kung tutuusin, parang napag-utusan lang siyang bumili ng suka. Kasi naman, his father Jesse asked him to bring bread to his brothers, who were serving as soldiers under Israel’s first king, Saul.
One day Jesse said to David, “Take this basket of roasted grain and these ten loaves of bread, and carry them quickly to your brothers. And give these ten cuts of cheese to their captain. See how your brothers are getting along, and bring back a report on how they are doing.” David’s brothers were with Saul and the Israelite army at the valley of Elah, fighting against the Philistines. (1 Samuel 17:17-19, NLT)
Di ba? Parang inutusan nga lang ng tatay niya na bumili ng suka. But when he arrived at the camp of the Israelites, he was surprised that a giant was cursing the God of the Israelites. At siempre, dahil giant nga si Goliath, takot yung mga sundalo ng Israel.
That angered David. Sabi niya: “Who is this pagan Philistine anyway, that he is allowed to defy the armies of the living God?” [1 Samuel 17:26] Long story short, David wanted to stand up for his beliefs and challenge the giant, kahit na bata siya professional soldier.
Here are some lessons we can learn from David’s experience in challenging Goliath.
Stand up for what you believe in.
Kahit scary. Kahit higanteng Goliath pa ang kaharap mo. When you truly believe in something or Someone, you can stand up and do what is seemingly impossible. Sa case ni David, he believed that he can defeat anyone who defies God.
… but expect questions (and some assistance) from those in authority.
Kaya lang, if you stand up for what you believe, it’s not going to be easy. Si David nga, nagkaroon ng opposition galing sa kuya niya na si Eliab. Nagalit pa nga si Eliab at sabi niya kay David: “What are you doing around here anyway? What about those few sheep you’re supposed to be taking care of? I know about your pride and deceit. You just want to see the battle!” (1 Samuel 17:28, NLT).
Parang sabi ni Kuya Eliab: “bumalik ka na nga lang dun sa mga sheep na inaalagaan mo!”
Pero hindi siya pinansin ni David and eventually, other soldiers brought him to King Saul. Tinanong din siya ni King Saul kung ano ang kanyang experience sa battle. Siyempre, wala! Pero he has experience in protecting his father’s sheep against lions and bears. At para kay David, parang isang lion or bear lang din si Goliath na puwede niyang talunin.
Wear your own armor and weapon.
In an attempt to help him, King Saul gave David his armor and his sword. Ang problema, malaking tao si Saul at isang youth si David. Kung Medium ang size ng shirt at pantalon mo, subukan mong magsuot ng XXL! Parang ganun ang nangyari kay David. It will not work!
That’s why, when you confront a giant problem, kailangan mong isuot ang sarili mong armor and weapon, hindi yung galing sa iba. Kasi you will find that it may not fit you. And instead na makatulong, baka lalo ka lang matalo dahil sa pagsuot ng armor at weapon na hindi talaga sa iyo.
Big faith, coupled with some training, can slay giants.
Faith matters. But so does training. Look at David. Kahit hindi siya professional soldier, he did have some training. Sabi niya kay King Saul:
“But David persisted. “I have been taking care of my father’s sheep and goats,” he said. “When a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock, I go after it with a club and rescue the lamb from its mouth. If the animal turns on me, I catch it by the jaw and club it to death. I have done this to both lions and bears, and I’ll do it to this pagan Philistine, too, for he has defied the armies of the living God! The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!”” (1 Samuel 17:34-37)
Kung may mga simpleng tasks na pinapagawa sa ‘yo like maglinis ng banyo, or magtinda ng diyaryo, don’t ever think na walang kwenta ang mga iyan. But if you do it excellently, you will be able to use it to slay your giants in the future.
Sometimes, the opportunity for greatness comes from the simplest tasks.
Look, aminin natin, bilang mga kabataan, minsan gusto nating gawin kaagad yung astig, yung #SuperEpic! Pero ang opportunity para sa mga great at #SuperEpic na mga bagay ay puwedeng magsimula sa mga simpleng utos kagaya ng “pagdadala ng pagkain sa mga kuya mo” in the case of David. David eventually became a great king.
And it all started because he took care of his father’s sheep and obeyed his father.
Anong mga simpleng bagay ang ginagawa mo ngayon na feeling mo walang kwenta?
How might you see those in a different light para makita mo ang potential David moment mo?
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Basahin ang “May Powers Ka to Be #SuperEpic” to grow as a youth leader. Puwede mo rin itong gamitin to train others! Just go to http://BeSuperEpic.com
How about you? May #SuperEpic Stories ka ba?
If meron, tell your story in 350-500 words. Puwedeng English, Tagalog, or Taglish. Basta anything that can help other young leaders become #SuperEpic!