“You know your Goliath. You recognize his walk, the thunder in his voice” – Max Lucado
How true that statement is, more than we care to admit at times. We all know the things that we face in life that feel like they are just staring us down, and we convince ourselves that we have lost the fight against them. As you read this entry, your personal Goliaths are coming to your mind. But don’t let them intimidate you any more!
In Facing Your Giants, by Max Lucado, we learn and/or are reminded that who we focus on is key. The Bible tells us in Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Focus on Giants – you stumble
Focus on God – your giants tumble
Max Lucado uses David’s story to illustrate how taking down the giants in our lives is done, and he inspires us to know that it is possible. He doesn’t just retell the story of David and Goliath, as a matter of fact – that’s just where it begins. Lucado continues into the life of David pointing out all the giants that kept popping up and challenging David. But David had a God-focused thought mentality. He saw Goliath, but he went in there asking “David asked the men standing near him, “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?” ( 1Sam 17:26)
Through wonderful analogies Max Lucado brings out the lesson well. We can face our giants, we just need to have a God-center focus in our lives. What does God think of my situation, what would He say, what would He do. What will He do for me, what does He want me to do.
I give this book 4/5 stars. Lucado’s strong point is that you can read his heart in the words he shares. You can tell that he’s been there himself as well. I did find that in some places Max Lucado seemed to take a little long to get to the point he was making – but this could be a preference thing as I am a ‘get to the point’ kind of person. He gives very strong visuals though and that really appealed to me. I am a visual person. There was a study guide in the end that really brought everything I had just read into a solid point.
Good book Mr. Lucado! Thank you for sharing that truth!
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