Before the iconic battle between David and Goliath takes place, there’s an important episode.

After David volunteered to take on the giant, King Saul offered his armour and sword for the fight.

David put them on and walked around, but he felt uncomfortable.

“I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” (1 Samuel 17:39b)

He didn’t need the king’s equipment, he just had to use what he already had.

David had prepared for this fight through defending his sheep against lions and bears with his sling.  So he went down to the stream, picked up five smooth stones and went to battle with what he felt familiar with, defeating his enemy with a well placed shot to the giant’s forehead.

Today, I want to encourage you to use what you’ve already got.

Don’t wish for the skills or opportunities of others.

Don’t compare yourself to the people around you.

Don’t copy others if it feels uncomfortable or too unfamiliar.

Your way may be unconventional.

Some people may think that you’re crazy.

But all that you have done up until now has prepared you for this moment, this battle, this adventure.

God has used your past to equip you with what you need for the present.

Now you just need to believe, to walk boldly and to take action.