Prayer Email archive:
(09/02/2003) Who do I want to be?
|Hello prayer warriors,
1. Prayer note: who do I want to be?
In the last email, we touched on a healthy self image
and how envy is rottenness to the bones. I've talked
about not comparing ourselves with others because
there is no end to comparing if we want to. The gist
of it is that if we allow envy to take over us, we
Here's another revelation I received recently on why
we should not compare and be envious of others. I am
reading the book of I Samuel. In one of the passages,
David volunteers to go against Goliath and manages to
convince Saul that he's the man for the job. Now,
apparently David is this small little guy and when he
approached Goliath, Goliath laughed in his face and
was wondering why they sent him a boy.
We know David slew Goliath and won but the build up to
the story is more interesting.
When Saul agreed to David fighting Goliath, he did the
[1 Samuel 17:38]
Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a
coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head.
Imagine Saul was a man who was a head above the rest.
He was a tall man and from a description of David,
David must have been much smaller and much more
unassuming that nobody thought of him to recruit him
in the army or even to bring him before Samuel when
Samuel wanted to choose a king out of the sons of
Jesse. Here he was this small boy wearing Saul's
armor. He must have looked ridiculous in Saul's armor.
Here's what happened when he donned the tunic:
[1 Samuel 17:39]
David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried
walking around, because he was not used to them.
"I cannot go in these," he said to Saul, "because I am
not used to them." So he took them off.
So guess what David used when he went against Goliath.
[1 Samuel 17:40]
Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth
stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his
shepherd's bag and, with his sling in his hand,
approached the Philistine.
David took what he was familiar with. He took his
faithful staff which he probably used when he was
protecting his sheep and fighting off the lions and
the bears. He took a sling and stones which are again
things that he was familiar with.
David was working with what God has given him and not
what God has given Saul. What looks good on someone
else may not look good on us. What is suitable for
someone else may not be suitable for us. The same it
is with talents that God has given us. As a musician,
it is very easy to see other talented musicians and
wished that God has given me the same talent He has
given this other fellow. But I know that God has given
to me very unique talents and He has started me on
different ground and different time from someone else.
God has given each of us something unique and He will
build us on those unique gifts.
If I am to aspire to be like someone else and to mimic
everything that the other person has, it might not
work for me and might work against me. That is what
Saul's tunic is going to do to David if he persisted
in going to battle with someone else's armor. The
trick is to find out what God has set out for me and
to go along God's chosen path, not someone else's
The same it is with your unique abilities at work, at
ministry, for your church and for yourself as a
person. I am going to fit in my shoes and walk in my
shoes and not someone else's because I am going to go
the furthest in my own comfortable shoes. God's
potential for me is limitless and when I see that, I
will be happy to fill those shoes that He has prepared
for me alone to fill and no one else.
So, the question is, who do I want to be? The answer
is simple: I want to be ME because that's what God
wants for me.
2. Prayer requests:
i. my grandfather -- livin4thelord
ii. in need of prayers -- jbsulli
iii. protection in a bad neighbourhood -- maylee
iv. my grandma -- bellarosa3
v. a mother's cry for prayer -- guest
vi. In Need of a Church Home -- guest
vii. depression -- cillie
3. Number of prayer warriors: 2101
We welcome everyone who has joined us recently.
Your sister in Christ,
Wai Hun See
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