My friend Njenva (click on that link. Her blog is hilarious) told me about Max Lucado and suggested that I would enjoy his book “Facing Your Giants”.
If you know me outside this blog, you know I have had some giant(s) in my life this year and so I was very interested in reading this book. Oh, I loved it.
The premise of the book:
You know your Goliath. You recognize his walk, the thunder of his voice.
He taunts you with bills you can’t pay, people you can’t please, habits you can’t break, failures you can’t forget, and a future you can’t face. But just like David, you can face your giant, even if you aren’t the strongest, the smartest, the best equipped, of the holiest.
David. You could read his story and wonder what God saw in him. His life has little to offer the unstained, straight-A saint. He fell as often as he stood, stumbled as often as he conquered. But for those who know the sound of Goliath, David gives this reminder:
Focus on giants — you stumble; focus on God — your giants tumble.
Words I do not want to forget:
- Make God your refuge. Not your job, your spouse, your reputation, or your retirement account. Make God your refuge. Let him, not Saul, encircle you. Let him be the ceiling that breaks the sunshine, the walls that stop the wind, the foundation on which you stand.
- Others have asked your question. You aren’t the first to face your problem. Others have stood where you stand and wondered what you wonder. Seek their advice
- See your struggle as God’s canvas. On it he will paint his multicoloured supremacy.
- Never give up. One prayer might not be enough. One apology might not do it. One day or month of resolve might not suffice. You may get knocked down a time or two… but don’t quit. Keep loading the rocks. Keep swinging the sling.