King David, son of Jesse, a Bethlehemite, was a brave man who, as a teenager, stood against the Philistine, Goliath. All the while grown, seasoned warriors either ran away or stood by and watched David slay him.
|What makes this history lesson so interesting is that at first view David was not armed for battle. All he had was a sling and a rock, which are usually associated with children here in the states. But, upon closer examination, it should be obvious that there was something else in David's arsenal that day for what serious soldier would enter battle armed with only a slingshot and a stone?|
|So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David. Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled. --I Samuel 17:50-51|
|David was certainly not a perfect man, but he was willing to do as the Lord commanded him. He was willing to stand up and step out when God called upon him to do a specific task.|
|You and I should be willing to do the same thing, despite our shortcomings, fears, and the many temptations that we undergo each and every day. To do anything other would be tragic, not only for our own eternal survival (perhaps), but also because of the loss that the world will realize because of our silence and lack of effort.|
|The choice whether to stand up and step out is yours to make. So, each time you witness corruption, which certainly took place in the 2000 presidential election, remember that the only way that things will change is if we do like David -- Stand Up and Step Out!|
|In closing, this is David's Call to each and every one of us, that we will dare to Stand Up and Step Out! Will you do that with me? --Al Colombo|