Slaying the Giant and Beating the Odds

The story of David and Goliath is one of my son’s favorites. To him, David is the epitome of bravery,  a young shepherd boy who took down the undefeated giant Goliath with just a handful of stones and a sling.

What I love most about this story is the fact that David was the least likely candidate to defeat Goliath, yet he did it anyway! Despite David’s youth and small stature, he showed true courage and did not let the odds discourage him from attempting the challenge.

Sometimes when we are working towards a goal or dream, there may be moments when you think “but how could I possibly compete?”

When it comes to tackling a challenging goal, it is important not to negatively compare ourselves with others. If we look down on ourselves in comparison to someone else, we lose sight of our own strengths and uniqueness.

Keep your eyes fixed on that goal! Even if the odds are stacked against you, fight back and slay your giant!

David and Goliath. Image courtesy of

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13 thoughts on “Slaying the Giant and Beating the Odds

    • Exactly! It’s so tempting to compare ourselves (I fall into that trap sometimes). But we have to avoid the negative comparisons and look at what is unique about us as individuals and what we can offer! Thanks for your comment Cristina! 🙂

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  1. Nicely put Malaika. It dawned on me after I read you post that as kid, it seemed confidence was not in short supply; the goal never in doubt. Now, even amid the accolades, the goal can become blurry, somewhat; the intimidation creeping in at times. However, if given the chance, it means someone else (or a group of people) recognized that potential. Like you stated, though, it must begin from within.

    Thanks for this simple, but important reminder to remain confident as we progress toward our goals.

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    • Thanks Kenel! I agree with you that we somehow seem to have more confidence as a child and then have insecurities during certain phases of our lives. That’s why it’s important to remind ourselves of our potential and how we can harness that to succeed! 🙂

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  2. Thank you for this post Malaika! It is very encouraging, I’m sure not only to me. I’m also amazed by your son’s understanding of this story. Yes, anything is possible if one is brave enough to step against the odds :).

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  3. I remember coaching a 4th grade basketball team that had a bunch of little boys who thought that they wouldn’t be that good. They worked so hard that year, and each win brought about more confidence that they were good. Well, they went that year undefeated and beat the best team in the league for the championship. More than winning, the message that anything is possible was learned that year.

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