“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” Wayne Gretzky
Wayne Gretzky is famously known in the world of Hockey. He was nicknamed “The Great One” and known as the best player ever. From his humble beginnings in Brantford, Ontario, shooting pucks in his backyard and honing his skills, he turned into the most accomplished player in NHL history. He took a single shot, and it paved his way to victory!
What would have happened if Wayne never worked toward his goal? What if he became fearful and never became more than a backyard hockey player wanna be? Well, not much other than we would miss out on the inspiration that is to all who love the game and want to be successful. I am not sure how many pucks it took before Wayne finally realized that he was big enough to be a professional hockey player, but the main thing he probably needed was faith.
The story of David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17) is a pretty popular one, and an inspirational one at that. Saul and the men of Israel were taunted for 40 days before David decided he was going to go to battle.
“And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.” (1 Samuel 17:33)
He was already being told he couldn’t do it. And physically speaking, he was very small and unlikely to be able to take down a giant with his own hands.
“Moreover, David said, “The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” (1 Samuel 17:37)
David had already killed many wild animals to protect the sheep he watched over. He was prepared to do the same with the giant. He had great faith, and knew that God had protected him many times before, and would protect him now. God will never send you into a battle unprepared. David was a humble shepherd before becoming king for a reason. God was developing his talents, and his faith.
“And the Philistine drew near and presented himself forty days, morning and evening.” (1 Samuel 17:16)
The number forty in the bible is significant of testing. Jesus was tempted 40 days and 40 nights in the wilderness. (Matthew 4:1-11) the devil constantly taunted him, much like Goliath taunted David. But Jesus knew the scriptures and had faith in His father and who He was. That was enough to combat the enemy. It is not a physical battle we face on this earth but a very spiritual one. (Ephesians 6:10-20) Adam and Eve were not in danger physically from the serpent. The only power the serpent had was what they gave him.
A lot of times in life we become fearful of the callings and things God asks us to do. It is usually because the enemy wants to work on our weakness and tell us we can’t do it. Or he uses people to try and talk us out of it, because it doesn’t seem possible. Well, anything is possible for those who believe. (Matthew 19:26) But, like David, we should never despise the day of small beginnings, because you never know what God has purposed for those small beginnings.
David took with him five stones in preparation for defeating Goliath. (1 Samuel 17:40) He didn’t have a sword with him, which was crazy. He simply had stones, and his faith.
I don’t know if each stone represented anything. Did he doubt? Was it for the other giants? Or was he expecting that others would come fighting? Did he think he would need five for the giant alone? I’m sure many questions and doubts even went through David’s mind. But ultimately, he was going to face this giant and succeed because God put it in his heart.
The stone was not what killed goliath. The stone was just enough to stun the giant and knock him down silly. David was already a master of the stone and sling; his aim was undeniable. He may have been small, but his aim was perfect. He took a shot and took down the giant. He took off the giant’s head as promised and won a victory.
With any victory comes the victory dance. But David sang and gave the glory to God. For he knew God had given him the victory over the giant. What giant are you facing in your life today? You have the power in Jesus name to defeat it. Whatever it is – physical, spiritual, financial etc. there is nothing that you cannot conquer through Jesus.
“Be exalted in your strength, Lord; we will sing and praise your might. Psalm 21:13
Jesus took down the biggest giant of all for us. God knew that we could not face the giant (sin) on our own, so Jesus went to battle for us. We now have liberty to chase the dreams that God gives us without fear or reservation. We no longer have to fear death, because Jesus conquered it on the cross, that we might live forever with Him.
I love collecting rocks from places I’ve visited, to remind me of the joy I found there. I see stones in stores all of the time with writing on them, like Faith, Hope, and Love. Our stones (our sword) is the word of God. The word of God gives us Faith, Hope, Love, and many more.
Whatever victories God has brought you through, write them down on stones, and keep them as reminders for each battle you face. Then, the next time the enemy creeps up on you, grab a stone out of your satchel and take a shot! Meaning grab a scripture out of your bible and throw it at the devil, he will immediately flee.
You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. So move on courageously on the path God has set you on; God will be with you all the way, to facilitate your success. It may not be the NHL, but everyone has a gift, you just have to realize it.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9