Be courageous in the face of giants challenging us


Helen Keller said, "The struggle of life is one of our greatest blessings. It makes us patient, sensitive and Godlike. It teaches us that although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming it."

In life, we face challenges that seem gigantic. When we are faced with these challenges what should we do? It is this question I hope to answer in this column.

In the Bible, there is a story many readers are familiar with: the story of a giant named Goliath and a little shepherd boy named David. Goliath was coming out day after day, intimidating the Israelites. His message was that if there was one who could defeat him, his followers would be in submission to the Israelites, but if he won, the Israelites would serve him and his people. One day David heard the remarks of the giant and courageously stepped forward. Because David was a young boy, Goliath essentially laughed at him. However, hear the words of David, "You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I'll strike you down and cut off your head. ... All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves, for the battle is the Lord's, and he will give all of you into our hands."

It is from this Scripture we can learn two things when we are faced with the giants in our lives. One, be courageous in the face of your giants. Don't quit, and don't give up. Be strong and courageous. Secondly, trust in the Lord and his strength. David's confidence was in God. David knew God was going with him in battle. The good news for us is that no matter what giant we have before us, God is with us.

Today may we make a commitment to be courageous in the face of the giants challenging us.

Family Encouragement Corner is a weekly inspirational thought from Richard Holmes. Holmes serves as a chaplain at Shaw Air Force Base. The opinions expressed in this article do not express the views of Shaw Air Force Base or the United States Air Force. For more information regarding Family Encouragement Corner or to offer your suggestions or comments, please feel free to email