It Takes Lions to Build Hearts

1 SAMUEL 17:34–35--But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it."

You don’t get a strong heart without facing lions.

Young David had a master’s degree in lion–killing, which was a credential vital for giant–slaying. In the sheepfold, God was building a heart of courage into the feisty teenager so he could face giants later in his life. The battle with Goliath was David’s Ph.D. in heart–courage, a dissertation completed in a single afternoon.

If you’re being stretched, your heart is in learning mode. If the lions are chasing you, in the words of James, “Count it all joy..." (James 1:2–4).

Don’t go chasing after the lions, but when they come, recognize them as God’s means of building your heart and character.

Spiritual Heart Focus

Recognize that the quiet places where you struggle are opportunities for you to grow in Christ.

Physical Heart Focus

There are 3,500 calories in a pound of fat, so to lose a pound of fat you need to burn 3,500 calories more than you consume.