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Slingshots Don’t Hurt People… People Hurt People

Yesterday at Bethel, we kicked off a four-part sermon series on the story of David and Goliath called Killing Giants. I took a slingshot to church and picked up five smooth stones along the way. We had fun. Nobody argued with the sermon… no one dared!

This morning, I woke up with a semi-profound thought on my mind… slingshots don’t hurt people, people hurt people. David used his slingshot to bring down a giant. Goliath was a 9 foot, 3 inch mountain of a man, covered in brass, carrying steel, and guarded by a shieldsman. David slung a rock an hit a target the size of a post-it note, thereby putting all of the Philistines to flight. Awesome story! We’re learning a lot from it already.

Here’s the thought that hit me, however. How often do we take our slingshots and aim them at the wrong target? In fact, do we sometimes aim our slingshot back at our own army? It occurs to me that it wasn’t the weapon that really mattered to the story, it was the aim of David. And if his smooth stone took down a giant wielding an iron spear, what do our words do to those at whom we sling them?

You might say that all of us have a tendency to reach for stones when we feel defensive. David was defending the honor and glory of God, but I wouldn’t dare presume that my motives are always that pure when I’m slinging words around.

I know that this post, even by its very title, might offend the crowd in favor of slingshot control, but maybe we just need better tongue control?… or maybe we just need better aim!

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  • http://kevinmartineau.blogspot.com Kevin M.

    It’s sad when we shoot our own wounded … :(
    .-= Kevin M.´s last blog ..Sermon Synopsis 3/7 – A disciple passes on the good news =-.

    • Brandon

      You’re dead on!

  • http://highlyfavored.affiliateshelpdesk.com Kiesha @ Highly Favored

    Sometimes we say things and throw stones at others before we even realize that’s what we’re doing. Of course, by then it’s too late, the foot has officially made its way to the mouth. I hate the feeling that follows…toe jam is rather nauseating…
    .-= Kiesha @ Highly Favored´s last blog ..Married but separate beds? Separate homes? =-.

    • Brandon

      Now that you mention it, that is rather nauseating! ;)

      • Kerrie Smith

        This also brings me back to the saying that sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will never hurt you. This saying is dead wrong because our words do hurt.

  • http://www.drkalsweightlosstips.com/ Dr. Kal

    This post really hit home for me. I have to admit to occasionally letting my frustrations and my tongue hurt the ones I love.

    Often times my frustrations are with people I don’t care about at all. I’ll hold my tongue with these “strangers”, but release it with loved ones.

    Thinking about it, that is completely back backwards. I should be holding my tongue with the ones I love and releasing it on the strangers.

    Or maybe I should just hold it with everyone. :D
    .-= Dr. Kal´s last blog ..Obesity In America =-.

    • Brandon

      You’re not alone in feeling that we are less guarded with those we love. I feel the same way. The tough part about the tongue is that we’re unable to reverse or erase what we’ve said once we’ve said it. We can only apologize.