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Have you ever seen someone struggling to do something unnatural? Those terrible American Idol auditions come to mind.  Someone sings his heart out, wanting to be like his idol, but it’s useless. 

Many have made the mistake of trying to be something we’re not.  I remember struggling in high school to run on the track team. What made it worse was I ran in arguably the hardest race run…the 400 meter race.  Being a one lap race, it required a really fast pace and endurance. I had neither.  All I ended up doing was frustrating and tiring myself.
David didn’t make the mistake of trying to be what God had created someone else to be.  As he prepares to fight Goliath, he refuses Saul’s armor and helmet.  David says, “I cannot go in these…because I am not used to them.” (1 Samuel 17:39)  He takes them off and approaches the fight with five small stones, his staff, his sling and God’s blessing.  These are the weapons with which God had taught David to fight.

One key in knowing God’s will is asking questions David must have asked.  What has God taught me to do? What strengths has he given me?  How has he been strong in me? If we find ourselves frustrated and tired in our pursuit, we should reevaluate.  Are we trying to be what we admire, or what God has planned?

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