Brad Shotts

I never imagined I would experience in my lifetime what is unfolding in the world today. It saddens me greatly to see so much hate. I think about those words we all grew up reciting in school, standing at our desks with our right hand over our heart, “One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all!”

Change starts with me and you. We cannot wait any longer for someone else to step up and do what is right. It is time for us to awake from our slumber and become courageous for God and our country.

Young David, in the Bible, is the perfect example of what I’m talking about. In reality, David was an average boy. He was a shepherd. But David had something burning in him that was magnificent. David had a deep passion for God. He was hungry for God, sought after God, a passion for spiritual things, and he tried to please God despite his failures. This moved him from ordinary to extraordinary.

We get hung up on our failures and inadequacies. When David brought his brothers, who were soldiers in the Israel Army, their lunch that day, he discovered a giant of a man threatening the entire army of God. David could have looked around and joined in the fear of his peers. He could have thought to himself, “What am I supposed to do? I’m just here to deliver lunch. I am just a shepherd attending my flock. I certainly cannot do anything to help this situation. I’m headed back to the fields!”

But David had the courage to do the extraordinary.

David, under God’s power, single-handedly defeated Goliath, who stood just under 10 feet tall. He did what an entire army could not. He also had what an army did not. He had faith in God.

David grew into a great man of God, becoming King at the age of 30 and reigned for 40 years. He died at the age of 70 and on his death bed, what did he do? He counseled Solomon to walk in the ways of God. King David knew that if Solomon followed God, he would be successful in everything and would accomplish great things.

Was David perfect? No. Did he fail in life at times? Oh yes. But he kept his eyes on God and cried out in times of failure and allowed God’s grace to sustain him. When we move away from God and take our eyes off of Him, it is then we begin to focus on our weaknesses and failures instead of being instruments God can successfully use.

This world seems to have more Goliaths than Davids right now. But there is a David inside all of us and we certainly need the Davids of our country to rise, lead and set the example for others to follow.

To be a true David and to be used of God may or may not appeal to you. I mean let’s just be honest with one another. There will come a day though when what you have done for God, or what you have not done, will become very important. In fact, I will even go as far as to say that it will be the most important thing to you.

The reason is this: When we get to heaven, what we have done for God while on earth will mean everything to us. It will be the only thing we will have to offer Jesus. It is the only thing we will carry with us in to heaven. I don’t know about you but I don’t want to stand before God empty handed.

Father, may we have enough love and passion for you to say, “Use me Lord!” May it become a burning desire in us to serve you and be willing to do any task you set before us. Forgive us for becoming complacent in our lives. May we all seek your face and turn from our wicked ways. As your word promises us, it is then that you will forgive us, bring healing to our land  and Your ears will be attentive to our prayers. May the Davids come forth in Jesus’ name. Amen. 2 Chronicles 7:14-15

Brad Shotts is a member of the Rotary Club of Waxahachie and attends Oaks Fellowship Church in Red Oak, where he serves on the ministry team. He loves serving his community.

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