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Are you silently slaying giants?

There’s this interesting passage in the Good book:

After this, war broke out with the Philistines at Gezer. As they fought, Sibbecai from Hushah killed Saph, a descendant of the giants, and so the Philistines were subdued. During another battle with the Philistines, Elhanan son of Jair killed Lahmi, the brother of Goliath of Gath. The handle of Lahmi’s spear was as thick as a weaver’s beam! In another battle with the Philistines at Gath, they encountered a huge man with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot, twenty-four in all, who was also a descendant of the giants. But when he defied and taunted Israel, he was killed by Jonathan, the son of David’s brother Shimea. These Philistines were descendants of the giants of Gath, but David and his warriors killed them.1 Chronicles 20:4-8 (NLT) (Emphasis mine)

We all know the David vs Goliath story – a young shepherd goes up against a towering giant in a high stakes duel. He kills the giant using his slingshot.

Many times in life,  you aren’t the David in the story – the giant slayer we hear about. The one who’s name we all know. The one we celebrate. Sometimes, you take on your 6-finger giants and no one knows about it. You battle and you overcome but there’s no party. Giants come in many forms: Terminal illness. A disadvantaged background. Raising fees every term for that child. For yourself. Taking care of orphans. Following God’s call and starting a church in times like these.Speaking up when the taxi conductor’s being funny. Refusing to bribe. Taking on injustice. Doing the right thing.

Elnathan. Sibbecai. Jonathan. {you}. All giant slayers.


Many times, it might not seem like the fight is still worth it but by all means, keep going. We may not read about you or hear your David story but someone next to you has held their head higher because of your efforts. Someone’s life is better. Someone will make better decisions. Keep slaying those giants.  Your little infinity matters.

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