Thursday, August 26, 2010
I've been reading through 1 Samuel lately and have been looking at the lives of David and Saul. Though Saul started out quite well as king, he became distracted and later delusional with respect to his role as the first king of Israel.
Obviously, there are many things we can learn from Saul that I don't have the space to put in this blog. However, one of the key differences between him and David was that he was unwilling to surround himself with people he could trust.
On the other hand, the Scriptures tell us a great deal about David's relationship with Jonathan, Saul's son and his band of "Mighty Men" who were loyal to him throughout his life. Perhaps, one key lesson for me to take away from these two leaders is the importance of surrounding oneself with people you can trust.
If we choose Saul's path of isolation, it will make some of the issues of life difficult to overcome. However, if we choose to share our lives with others and invest in lives in those who are closest to us, we will not only have the strength to endure difficult times, but we will have a greater reason to celebrate the joys and adventure that life brings our way.
So who are those people in your life who give you the courage to be more than you think you can be?