Behave Wisely

Everyone is not your friend even if they show up at all your performances. I saw this brilliant quote reading an article one day –  “We have three kinds of people in life, those who are there for a reason, a season, and a lifetime.”  

Orpah Winfrey says, “You can’t be friends with someone who wants your life.”

Relax my friends – It is only a bad day and not a bad life when you find out that everybody loves you until you become competition. Some people will cheer you as long as you do not outshine them. It is just human nature. So now that we got that cleared up – do not be afraid to stand alone.

The story about David, Saul and Goliath is amazing on all levels. There are many lessons to learn about human behavior as we observe these three men.

The Bible says Goliath was a champion from the camp of the Philistines. For 40 days, he openly defied the armies of Israel, challenging them to send a man out to fight him. Unfortunately, the Israelites who were God’s people were terrified because of his size, his armour, and his loud repeated threats that send them cowering in fear.

Lesson #1 – You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve who you are in Christ. God requires us to be strong and courageous. No one will stand before you all the days of your life. Embrace the truth and run with it.

David obeyed his father when he asked him to take food to his brothers and check on them (1 Samuel 17:17-20). David’s brothers always saw him as the little one; the nuisance, and their anger turned against him accusing him of pride and having the audacity to come down and volunteer to fight against the giant.

David arriving in time to hear the words of Goliath he thought that something should be done to stop the giant from speaking harshly against his God. I do not think that David noticed that everyone else was trembling with fear. The story went on to declare David the reigning champion with only a sling and a stone striking Goliath in the forehead instantly killing him.

Lesson #2 – Do not be afraid of being different. Not everyone will understand your journey and that’s alright because God did not call everyone to do what He has called you to do.

After the battle was won the women came out on the streets singing and dancing that Saul had killed his thousands and David his ten thousands. Saul was very angry, and it displeased him that the women praised David for killing ten thousands and he only thousands. Saul from that moment despised David.

But David behaved wisely in all his ways.

Lesson #3 – You cannot be friends with anyone who sees you as a threat. Watch for those who do not clap when you win. Some people are in your life for a reason – to make room for you. A season – do not grieve when the time has expired. A lifetime – they bring out the best in you and leave footprints in your heart.

Finally, behave yourself wisely and live in a way no one can find fault in you or how you live. God gives you the people you need. Both Goliath and Saul paved the way for David to be crowned King. Eventually everything happens for a reason.

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