What Defines You?

I pity the fool…

David and GoliathA famous line from an actor portraying a TV character. Mr “T” was all I’ve ever known him by. But he had a background. Somewhere along the way, a toughness persona was created and even to this day, his hair, scowl and voice makes you hope you never get on his bad side.

Somewhere in the early morning hours, I started thinking about those who are negatively influenced by their “lot” in life, and then, on the obverse, those who are challenged and grow as a result of their dealt hand.

Why do some give up? Turn back? Quit? While others see the same situation and it forces them to buck up and fight back? Is it as simple as the “flight or fight” gene that we all have?  What makes someone stand up to the situation, and another flee?

Consider the lad, David, son of Jesse. Chosen at a young age as a future king of Israel, it seemed David faces challenges with aplomb. Lion attacks his flock. Killed. Bear takes a lamb. Slain. King Saul has an “evil spirit” fall upon him? David plays and soothes the king. All the while, the younger of all the sons of Jesse is in charge of the flocks.

Bouncing highs, and mundane lows. How could this man ever be anything favored by God?

In fact, when allowed to stand up to Goliath in a “winner take all” contest, David does not passively wait on the enemy. He challenges Goliath with an ancient form of trash talk and then?

So it was, when the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, that David hurried and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine. (1 Samuel 17:48 NKJV)

He runs at the challenger!

What was in the heart of David that did not allow him to back down from a fight? Youthful ignorance? A feeling of invincibility? With an almost Samson ability, this young man had something from his youth. The Spirit of the Lord.

Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward…  (1 Samuel 16:13 NKJV)

From that day Forward.

Over the past 40 something years of adult living, I have repeatedly seen people rise to the challenge of living above and beyond their given lot in life. Regardless of some gifting or silver spoon mentality, it seems that those who are most successful are those of have something on the inside that reflects outward on everything they do.

Type A-B PersonalityAn internal toughness? Maybe. Lack of fear? Perhaps. Not willing to fail? Could be. Whatever it is, I will say that it is found early in their life and perseveres throughout their existence. Check out the Type A and Type B personality mindset. A’s are competitive, outgoing, ambitious, impatient and/or even aggressive. B’s are more patient and relaxed. A’s are often seen as the doer’s, while B’s are the glue that keeps everything flowing.

I am definitely a B personality… B’s need A’s but never want to replicate them. A’s are not sure if they care that a B personality even exists! Many studies suggest that an “A” tends to have coronary diseases, while B’s seldom experience a coronary event.

Well… What about you? What’s that internal piece of you that makes you not back down from a fight? Persevere till the end? I think it truly has little to do with A’s or B’s… It’s who you are regardless of your personality. Selah.

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