Pastor and I were watching the “Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Show” on Today. It was Kathie Lee’s first day back following the death of her husband Frank Gifford. Kathie Lee spoke lovingly of her husband and of his Christian faith. We got a kick out of her thoughts and we both said “she is preaching a sermon”! She even invited watchers to give their lives to Christ. It was amazing to see on television and sadly not the norm for regular television programming.
However, something she said really stuck with me and it seems that it resonated with the over 9 million people who have since watched her tribute. As she talked about her husband, she told the story of how on a trip to Israel they went by the brook where David picked up the five stones to throw at Goliath and how the most important thing was not just in the fact that he threw the stone, but that he trusted God to fulfill his destiny by throwing it. Kathie Lee mentioned that when their daughter (Cassidy) graduated from high school, Frank gave her a stone as a graduation present and asked her “What is your stone and where are you going to throw it for the Kingdom of God”?
Today, I would like to ask you the same question that Kathie Lee asked. What is the gift that only you can do to make this a better world? What is that “thing” that you were created to do? Once you find your stone, throw it hard and well. Spend the rest of your life throwing it.
We waste a lot of time and energy on things that at the end of the day, don’t matter and won’t fulfill our destiny. Don’t get me wrong, although David knew his purpose, he still made mistakes and suffered betrayal at the hands of King Saul and even his own son. Finding your stone doesn’t mean that you won’t face trials. It just means that when you go through them, it’s a lot easier because you know that it’s all part of God’s plan for your life.
When you find your stone, use it to the glory of God. Don’t allow Satan to taint your stone and cause you to throw it where it was never intended to be thrown. Always trust God to show you where to throw it and you’ll never go wrong. Most times, your stone is right before your eyes. You just have to pick it up and use it.
Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. 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. 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.
As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground. (I Samuel 17:38-49)
Find your stone…and throw it!
Questions – Have you found your stone? If so, what is it?
Love you to life!