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Accepting an Improbable Mission

Depending upon the era, there is always someone that comes along who thinks they can do something better than everyone else before them. In 1985 Billy Bean developed a system that he called Moneyball to compete with Major League Baseball teams from major television markets. The latest theory in sports is analytics which is on pace to pass $4 billion by 2022. Sports analytics is a field that applies data analysis techniques to analyze various components of sports such as player performance. When coaches, managers and owners focus too much on analytics, Cinderella stories like David would have never been given a chance to face Goliath today.

And a champion went out of the camp of the Philistines named Goliath of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span [almost ten feet]. And he had a bronze helmet on his head and wore a coat of mail, and the coat weighed 5,000 shekels of bronze. He had bronze shin armor on his legs and a bronze javelin across his shoulders. And the shaft of his spear was like a weaver’s beam; his spear’s head weighed 600 shekels of iron. And a shield bearer went before him. Goliath stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, Why have you come out to draw up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not servants of Saul? Choose a man for yourselves and let him come down to me. If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants; but if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us, 1 Samuel 17:4-9.

If you examine the tale of the tape like a heavy weight boxing match, Goliath stood 9 feet 9 inches while David was just over 6 feet tall according to 1 Samuel 9:2. Although the Bible does not specify each of their weights, Goliath likely had David outweighed by more than 200 pounds. On paper, David didn’t stand a chance, similar to a suicide mission in a modern movie. Yet, based upon the passage below, there was no fear in David’s eyes. Prior to this duel, King Saul tried to prepare David with a coat of armor. but the weight hindered David’s ability to move. Instead of changing his strategy, David stuck with what he knew, approaching Goliath with 5 stones and a slingshot.

And David said to the men standing by him, What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God? – 1 Samuel 17:26

When I was a teenager, baseball was my best sport. After being the ace of my Junior High team, I expected to compete as a pitcher for a spot in the starting rotation on my high school team. Unfortunately, I became a victim of analytics. Since I didn’t throw over 80 miles an hour and I wasn’t 6 feet tall, I wasn’t given the opportunity to try out as a pitcher. Despite having command of my fastball like Greg Maddox, my talent was wasted as I left baseball one year later to pursue golf. I saw the writing on the wall and wasn’t willing to waste another year to accept an improbable mission. The older I get, the less willing I become to bet the odds. Yet, until you confront your fears and face your own Goliath in the eyes, you’ll never knew what you’re capable of with the power of God inside, Philippians 4:13.

by Jay Mankus

God of the Impossible

If you follow, read or watch the news, it’s hard to remain positive.  Like the down trodden in this life, hope can disappear for extended periods of time.  Thus, many are left alone, stuck in an impossible situation praying for a miracle.

He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you,” Matthew 17:20.

For some the story of David and Goliath is nothing more than a fairy tale, a figment of one’s imagination.  Yet, history conveys the truth found in the Old Testament, 1 Samuel 17.  While David’s size was an obstacle, a midget compared to the giant mocking God on a daily basis, his experience as a shepherd prepared him for this battle.  Against all odds, David shot down Goliath with his sling shot opening the door to become king of Israel.

“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father,” John 14:12.

When Jesus traveled throughout the Middle East during the first century, doubt was prevalent.  Doing the impossible was a dream blocked by the mountain known as reality.  Thus, Jesus found it necessary to regularly talk about the power of faith and belief.  As Jesus began to cure, heal and perform miracles, the impossible seemed to be within reach.  Therefore, don’t let doubt keep you trapped.  Rather, cry out of Jesus so that the God of the impossible will return to perform another miracle.

by Jay Mankus

 

A Prayer for the Bullied

Regardless of how big, strong or tall you are, one day you will face your match, being the David against a Goliath bully.  In the Back to the Future movie series, George Mcfly faced a life long battle with Biff, never having the courage to stand his ground until he came face to his with his own son Marty.  Going back to his father’s high school years, Marty played by Michael J. Fox, tries to break his father of this submissive trait.  Finally, George becomes enraged by Biff’s mistreatment of Jennifer Parker, filling his fist with supernatural strength, knocking out this bully with one powerful left hand hook to the face.

Unfortunately, this Hollywood ending is not reality for the countless of Americans daily facing bullies at their school, in the neighborhood or at their place of occupation.  Although bullies are conceived during childhood, they don’t magically disappear when you become an adult.  Power, pride and selfish greed inspires an older, less obvious and wiser type of bully.  Seeking and seizing control of others, individuals usually use their status, title and ego to boss around people low on the totem pole.  Subsequently, year and year goes by without upper management ever noticing or seeing this harsh behavior.

Based upon the words of Psalm 10, David appears to have been bullied prior to his rise to power as King of Israel.  His words describe how anyone who has faced bullying feels: helpless, weak and alone.  The youngest in his family, this scrawny boy was a mere shepherd, an insignificant member of his household.  During these days alone, an outcast in the fields, David began to communicate with God through prayer.  Psalm 10 depicts a long period of unanswered prayers from verse 1-13.  However, in the end, God answered David with a prayer for the bullied, “You hear O Lord, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, defending the fatherless and the oppressed, in order that man, who is of the earth, may terrify no more!” – Psalm 10:16-17

by Jay Mankus

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