When others try to clothe you with their armor, consider that God may be showing you a different path. Others’ methods may not be a good fit for you and may weigh you down. Speak the truth, and remove the burden of armor that doesn’t fit. As well-intentioned as it may be, armor you’re not used to carrying may do more harm than good. Allow God to work through you in unexpected ways. Trust that God will show you the ways in which you are able to face and conquer Goliath. Pick up the stones.
—Angela D. Schaffner, Revealed: What the Bible Can Teach You About Yourself (Upper Room Books, 2019)
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David strapped his sword on over the armor, but he couldn’t walk around well because he’d never tried it before. “I can’t walk in this,” David told Saul, “because I’ve never tried it before.” So he took them off. He then grabbed his staff and chose five smooth stones from the streambed. He put them in the pocket of his shepherd’s bag and with sling in hand went out to the Philistine.
—1 Samuel 17:39-40 (CEB)
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