King David Teaches Us About Initiative

by | Jan 1, 2022 | Faith Reflection

In Old Testament times, King David demonstrated initiative as he engaged Goliath in battle (I Samuel 17:45-51). As a young shepherd, David saw the need (kill this giant of the enemy Philistine army which no one else dares to try so that Israel will not become their captive), took appropriate steps to accomplish his objective (selected the right stones for his sling) and saw it through to completion (hurled the lethal stone at the giant). Had he lacked initiative the outcome would have been decisively different. Because he showed initiative before and during the battle, the entire nation of Israel benefited. Our initiative may never be recorded in history, but doing our part to take initiative will bring benefits to the Lord, those we impact, and us.