Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Logos -- 1 Samuel 17

Our older son chose to play the trumpet in the band. Our younger son chose the same instrument. Our older son ran track in high school. Our younger son tried track, but until the moment he decided he didn't like it, I think he assumed, the whole time the older son was running, that he would run track, too.

At the beginning of last year, the younger son started piano lessons. He loves them, and loves to play the piano. I'm glad of that, for many reasons, but one of those reasons is that this is something that belongs only to J. G has never played the piano.

I was reading the lectionary reading this week from 1 Samuel. Read these verses (1 Samuel 17:38-39:

Saul clothed David with his armor; he put a bronze helmet on his head and clothed him with a coat of mail. David strapped Saul's sword over the armor, and he tried in vain to walk, for he was not used to them. Then David said to Saul, "I cannot walk with these; for I am not used to them." So David removed them.
We were talking in Sunday school a few weeks back about the armor of God. The teacher talked about how we support each other using this armor. We might link our shields of faith or use the sword of the spirit in support of another, but we each need to develop our own armor.

We each have different gifts. We each have different callings. Someone told me today, "He has a call of God upon his heart." Yes, he does. We all do, and for each of us, that call is different, praise God. I don't need to worry that my gifts are not the same as someone else's gifts. I only need to be Kim. My son only needs to be himself. God will use who we are and what he has given us to do the task to which he has called us.

If David had tried to go to battle in Saul's armor, he would have been defeated. Even though he was much less protected with his slingshot, he was armed as God wanted him armed, and he was able to go to battle using the gifts that were necessary for triumph.

That's all any of us needs to do.

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