Our recent church series has been titled “Daring Faith” and has been filled with new ways of looking at examples of faith based on traditional bible stories. Today’s lesson was about David and Goliath, but specifically about Giants. Of course this got me to thinking about the literal meaning of a giant. At first thought, I’m like everyone else and I thought about someone who is really tall. However, when you think about Giants in terms of life, then we know it’s not about a tall person. When I first searched “Giants” I uncovered Giant food store, giant bicycles & other results not related to what I was looking for at all. Finally I decided to check an online dictionary and found this definition: “a person or thing of unusually great size,power, importance, etc.; major figure;legend:” What stood out most to me was that a giant is something of great power or importance in our lives. It makes us feel like we are too small to defeat the situation, so it disrupts our peace.
Specifically in church our Pastor talked about 4 different things that can be giants in our lives:
1. Financial – Does your debt appear bigger than you? Is your check gone before you even get the money? Are you working to pay for your past without being able to save money for your future?
2. Emotional – Do you go through emotional ups and downs based on things that occur in your life? Are you stressed out from work or life and go eat or not eat or take it out on others?
3. Medical – Has a doctor diagnosed you with a difficult illness or disease with a slim chance of survival? Do you feel like you are constantly getting sick, but no one can figure out why?
4. Relational – Does your marriage seem to be deteriorating and you can’t seem to fix it no matter what you try? Are children out of hand although you know you’ve raised them right? Have you been single for a while but want to move to the next step?