1 Samuel 17:24-26
“And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid. And the men of Israel said, Have ye seen this man that is come up? surely to defy Israel is he come up. . . And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach of Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?”
The word “mentality” means how to interpret and respond to situations. To interpret means to understand and to respond means to react or take action. When we are faced with a situation, first of all, you interpret it, and then based on your interpretation (understanding), you respond (react) to it.
When Goliath appeared on the scene, their interpretation was that he had come to kill everyone. What was their response? They fled. They interpreted and responded to the situation with a loser’s mentality.
However, David’s mentality was different. He had the mentality of a winner. He asked, “What is in this; what is the prize; what is the reward?” And they replied to him, “The man who killeth him, the king will enrich him with great riches, and will give him his daughter, and make his father’s house free in Israel” (1 Sam. 17:25).
I am sure David said to himself, “Wow! This is an opportunity to become rich, have a free wife, and pay no tax.” How did he respond? He fought with Goliath and won the battle. That is a winner’s mentality!
Every new challenge in life comes with new opportunities. Most of the time, we lose sight of the opportunity and focus on the problem. But when we take a second look, we discover new doors that are opened which never existed before. It takes a winning mentality to be able to identify and take advantage of such situations as David did.
I want to encourage you; any time you see a Goliath in your life, be looking for riches, a new wife, and freedom from paying tax, because mixed with your challenges are your opportunities and blessings!
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