In this blog post I want to focus on David before he defeated Goliath. I want to shed light on David before the Fame, because I strongly believe it is relevant to our everyday life. We live in a day and time where we focus on the lives of people after their success, after they have gotten over their mountains that are invisible to others. That stops today…it’s time to acknowledge the struggles and emotions that come before the fame, so that we all can stop beating ourselves up for our experiences. It’s time to stop the mindset that upward is the only indicator of a successful life.
In this blog post I will cover three common topics that people normally feel while waiting on a break through. I will cover them and show that they are indeed natural but that there are ways to combat it.
The Comparison Trap
Comparison is a common action, especially if you aren’t where you want to be. It is very easy to spend nights on social media looking at others who seem to have it all together, wondering what happened with you. This is an issue because comparison is indeed a sticky trap. Comparison will cause you to veer off your path in order to reach your destination quicker. Comparison will make you forget that your destiny has its own time and its own unique process. Comparison will trap you and make you feel like your efforts are for nothing and that you have ultimately fallen short.
“But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees; man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 ESV
TRUST HOW GOD SEES YOU NOT MAN. Plain and simple. The scripture above frames it perfectly. There is a time to stay in your lane. You run your race and keep your head straight, not looking to the left or right of you. You trust that God has put you in that lane because you are well equip. You believe that you have the ability to finish strong even when others are passing you. The goal is to be so focused on how God sees you that others cannot influence your opinion of yourself.
Patience Young Grasshopper
Patience is definitely a virtue, but even with that said i’m pretty sure you don’t have it. It’s ok we all have SOMETHING that challenges our ability to be patient. The problem is, being impatient can cause you to move outside of Gods timing and further delay your climb to success. Patience is tricky but the sooner we all get a grasp on it, the better decisions we will make regarding our future.
“and Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jess, “The LORD has not chosen these.” Then Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all of your sons here?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, but behold, he is keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and get him, for we will not sit down till he comes here.” And he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy and had beautiful eyes and was handsome. And the LORD said, “Arise, anoint him, for this is he.” Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the LORD rushed upon David from that day forward. And Samuel rose up and went to Ramah”- 1 Samuel 16:10-13 ESV
In the waiting process many of us will be under estimated as David was, but if you wait patiently your time will come and you will be recognized. The scripture above is a great example of this because it shows that even though David was the last to be seen by Samuel, he was still ushered into his calling. The goal is to be patient through all situations no matter what they look like. If you can master that, then you will have confidence that nothing is what it looks like when dealing with God.
Your First Purpose isn’t Always Your Main Purpose
Humans do not like to be stagnant. Once we feel stuck it is over for whatever we are currently operating in. This is a problem because sometimes the key is doing the best where you are so you can move forward to where you want to be.
1 Samuel 16:14-23 (Way too long to insert, don’t be lazy pick up your bible!)
BE CONTENT WHERE YOU ARE KNOWING THAT IF YOU KEEP WORKING AT IT, THE CONNECTION WILL BE MADE, AND YOU WILL BE DRAWN CLOSER TO YOUR PURPOSE. I could leave it at that but i’ll add some context. Saul sought a lyre player and ended up with David who then moved forward to defeat Goliath. People suggested David to Saul because he was good at what he did, not because they believed he could defeat Goliath. This is an example of a stepping stone opportunity. It’s basically like wanting to work for Nestle but food lion has an opening that you get recommended for. You take the opening at food lion and work your but off only to realize one day the hiring manager for Nestle visits your food lion, hears about your work ethic, and hires you. It’s all about having the correct attitude. Think of every opportunity as a step on the ladder to your future. Give every opportunity the same amount of effort no matter how long it keeps you on that same step. Have faith that eventually you will move up to the next one and that ultimately, you will reach the top.
All of these scriptures work together to show that there is a process before fame. There will be ups and downs and you should never run from that. Embrace who you are before the come up and find the message within it. Be confident in you, Be patient with God, and Be open to change.