STAND-UP | 1 Samuel 17:23, 24


“While David was talking with his brothers, the Philistine champion fighter came out from the Philistine army. This was Goliath, the Philistine from Gath. Goliath shouted things against Israel as usual. David heard what he said. The Israelite soldiers saw Goliath and ran away. They were all afraid of him.”


Middle school is a major transitioning time for growing children. At that age we no longer want to be identified with children and cannot hang out with the teens because we are too young. We look to fit in somewhere and want to be accepted. It’s even more of a transition when you are the new kid in school. My 7th grade year I moved back to Maryland after living in Charlotte, NC for a year and a half. Of course I had to attend a new school upon moving back. I didn’t know anyone in the entire school and some of the girls in my class were not friendly. There was this one girl in particular that would say and do stuff to me everyday. One day while we were switching classes she came up to me and pushed me. It wasn’t too hard but it didn’t matter she still put her hands on me. I quickly snatched her up by her sweatshirt and firmly said something like, don’t put your hands on me again. I learned that day that I would have to defend myself against bullies like her in life.

The Israelites bully were the Philistine’s and in particular Goliath. The Philistine’s had been the enemies of the Israelites for decades now. As the years progressed it only got worse. Both nations had set up their barracks outside of their camp leaving nothing but open field between them. They were now ready for battle, but the Israelite army was too afraid. Everyday, morning and evening for 40 days straight Goliath would torture the Israelites with his words. He insulted their skills, their God and probably their mama’s too. Eventually, when David came on the scene, who by the way was not a soldier because he was too young to enlist, he ended up defeating Goliath.

We have many bullies in life. Whether if it is fear of failure or an actual person. We have to stand up to our bully with confidence and firmness of tone. The message we have to communicate is: I will be bullied no longer. Stop allowing bullies to stop you from enjoying and achieving in life. #LivingTheLife



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