What To Do When You’re Facing A Giant

Today I have my first grown up interview. All of my other jobs have come to me. I am pitifully under-qualified. They would prefer someone with a degree. I have none. The only place I’ve ever worked is Dunkin’ Donuts and church, unless I count that short stint at Casual Corner and the bank. I haven’t worked in an office in twelve years, but that is what makes the whole thing so exciting. I’m in way over my head. That’s always been the best place for me, the deep. Most of the time I haven’t chosen to go there, but rather, have found myself under stormy waters against my will. However, this time, I’ve chosen to wade into the deep.

This morning, I was reading I Samuel and the story of David and Goliath came alive in a whole new way to me. I noticed seven things I could use to face the giant of “what should this former home school mom do with her life, now?”

1. Find out what the benefits are to facing your giant. David asked to hear the reward for killing Goliath. He wanted to hear it a second time. Maybe he already had his eye on Saul’s daughter, or maybe he was excited about his family being tax exempt, but something in that list inspired him and (en)couraged him to overcome the obstacle set before him.

2. Resist the temptation to fight your giant with the weapons of others. God has made you uniquely you. When we try to do things the way other people do, it just doesn’t fit right, just like Saul’s armor didn’t fit David. In fact, in the New Living version, David says, “I can’t go in these,” he protested to Saul. “I’m not used to them.” Then it says that David picked up five stones. This was a weapon he was familiar with.God has equipped you. Use your equipment.

3. Notice how God has been training you.God doesn’t leave His children hanging. David wrote a poem about this in Psalm 144:1 (NLT) “Praise the LORD, who is my rock. He trains my hands for war and gives my fingers skill for battle.” David realized at some point that all of those years protecting those sheep were useful for something even more significant. They were training his hands for this battle. The assignment that God has given you may seem everyday and mundane. But the truth is that this very thing may be your training for an upcoming battle! I have long lived by the mantra, “Do what is in your hand to do, today.” When I do this, I know that I will be prepared for the future because of my obedience and action today.

4. Recognize the battle as the Lord’s. You are not strong enough to beat your giant, but God is. And perhaps, unbeknownst to you, He has been preparing you for this day. David did not have an armor bearer. He didn’t have any armor! But he had something so much more powerful, He had God on His side.

5. Be confident. David talked trash to Goliath. He told him exactly what he was going to do to him in no uncertain terms. He could do this because the Lord was his confidence. Proverbs 3:26, says, “For the Lord shall be your confidence, firm and strong, and shall keep your foot from being caught [in a trap or some hidden danger].”

6.Run at your giant!Stop avoiding it, run at it! David ran toward Goliath as fast as his legs could take him. Sometimes if we take our time, we’ll talk ourselves out of it. Go for it!

7. Reach into your own skill set. When the time came, David found himself “reaching into his shepherd’s bag.” David was able to pull what was familiar and practiced out of himself when he needed it most. He was prepared. He could pull a trick out of the bag. What skills has God trimmed you with? What can you pull out of your bag in time of trouble? Don’t believe that His preparations haven’t been enough. You were made for this!

I’m thrilled to be at this place in my life. The position that I’m applying for isn’t my giant, but trying for the position is! I know God has a future for me one way or the other…after all, how could I write so much if I’m working all of the time!

What is your giant?

Sharing with my friend Jen today:

and dear Shanda:

62 thoughts on “What To Do When You’re Facing A Giant

    • Oh dear Shelly, I am trusting that God is directing. It frightens me to work outside of the home, for I fear that I will not be able to write…but perfect love casts out fear…and I can not give in to fear and faith simultaneously, so I must let faith win…I covet your prayers.

  1. Our former pastor used to always say that if God called you out of your comfort zone, then you should just “Do it afraid.” Anytime I face a giant, I think little David may have been confident in the Lord, but I bet he was still a little afraid. He did it anyway. 🙂 I look forward to hearing what God has for you!!

  2. awesome thought – what if David had been intimidated that he only had a stone as opposed to another weapon. He was given exactly what was needed!

  3. So well said, Kim. God has uniquely prepared us for our own battles in this life. I have been feeling so exhausted lately. Your words give me strength. Blessings to you!

    • I am glad that you feel strengthened! In His presence is fullness of joy. The joy of the Lord is your strength. He renews your strength like the eagles. Can you tell that strength is something that I’ve had to seek scriptures on? 😀

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  5. Well Kim, it has begun. Thank you so much for allowing me to feature you over at faithblogmob.com as the first mobbee of many. I’m not sure how many folks will come this way becaue of it, but hey, you have to start somewhere.

    I enjoyed you piece very much, but then I’m a sucker for any sort of numbered list that will help me on my journey through life. Keep up the good work.

  6. this was a great post! now can i admit, though, that i’m laughing (but not at your post)? first, i had a hard time getting past my heart rate increasing when i read the words Casual Corner. i really, really LOVED that store!!! and lately, here in blog world, it seems people are intent on giving me flashbacks. then, when i got to the end of your post, and you ended with the question, “what is your giant?”, the advertisement right below is a picture of the brain (sorta) and somehow i was trying to figure out how that fit in with your post before i realized it was an advertisement. . . and it occurred to me that maybe my brain IS one of my biggest giants??? sigh. in so many ways.
    anyway, it’s obvious i have a lot to think about after reading this 🙂
    so appreciate you, your spirit, how you dig deep and share what God is revealing in your life. even when you have really messed-up-in-the-head readers like me.
    blessings to you, and praying for you during this transition!

    • That is too funny! I was actually laughing out loud. Isn’t funny how LOL has become so common now that we have to specify that we are ACTUALLY doing it? Wait…there are adverts on my blog? or were you reading it on GoogleReader or something?

      • no, i was reading it on your blog. today as i’m looking at it there aren’t any. but i’ve noticed them before. it was sitting right at the end of your post. something about the brain and increasing memory. . . and i’m not sure what else. it wasn’t until i noticed “advertisement” written in very small letters above it that i realized it had nothing to do with your post!
        maybe wordpress is messing with you 🙂

      • Yes, there are adverts, Kim. You will never see them, even when you visit your blog. My husband printed some for me from his computer, so I can see them. That’s the price of having a free blog.

  7. I had to read it twice. This has to be one of my favorite posts of yours, Kim!
    Such lessons here!
    lessons I am in need of learning.
    who says you’re done homeschooling…I’m still learning from you 🙂

    Way to step into the unknown! Trust the interview went well and God’s next plan for you will be revealed soon! To God be the glory!

    All for Him,

    • Thanks for your kindness. The funny thing is that I really don’t enjoy this style of writing. But I LOVE teaching. So, occasionally when a passage of scripture really speaks to me, this kind of writing just comes out! My interview went very well. In fact, it went so well that I ended up crying because I was afraid of what getting this position would mean to my writing. But I know that He hold my future in His hands, and it’s all good!

  8. “God doesn’t leave His children hanging. . . ”

    What He has already given — it will be sufficient.

    Wow. Wanna walk that one into the crucible of my daily life, for sure.
    Strengthening stuff here, Kim.

    Thank you for some awesome, challenging thoughts!
    (And great to see your pic! Feels like we’ve really “met” now.:))

  9. What wonderful lessons you pulled from that story! I’m not ready to face any giants yet after homeschooling…a break sounds better. ha. But you are inspiring me anyway.

    May God bless your new adventure!

  10. Kim,

    I can’t wait to see you tonight to find out more about the job. My favotite point was run at your giants. Amen! My giant right now is public speaking, but I’m in Toastmasters becoming a better speaker.

    Great article!

  11. So? What happened?! You have to tell us! Did David wow Goliath! You may not have the degree, but you do have some mad skills! Fingers crossed for you. And if this wasn’t the thing, that thing is out there for you. I’m certain of it. I hope you put your blog on your resume!

    • Hi friend! I got a second interview…and it is rather bittersweet. I mean will I be able to do it all? Write a novel, attend writing conferences and handle a part time job. I’ve handled it in prayer…and since I have no idea what’s best at this time, I’m trusting He does. Yes! I put both of my blogs on the resume…

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  13. I really needed to hear #2 – use my own equipment. We are in the process of adopting and I’m starting to get a little carried away with the research. I know that adopting a toddler will be a different parenting experience than I’ve had with my other kids (who came in a more traditional way – ie. months of discomfort followed by hours of pain). But I have to trust that God has equipped me to be the right kind of mom. Thank you for your encouraging words. I pray that your job search will be bring you to exactly the right place.

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  15. I can relate. I’m working on getting a job too. That’s sort of a pun, isn’t it?! I’m still homeschooling, which may be MY giant, and I need to supplement my husband’s income. I didn’t see this coming. I’m trusting the Lord to lead me in the right direction.

    Found you on Finding Heaven.

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