One of the things we forget about David is that he was young and almost naively courageous. Since he was the last born and lowest on the family food chain, he was entrusted with caring for the flocks. Unfortunately, being a shepherd in his time was the lowliest of professions, and it was usually reserved for 11 or 12-year-old boys or 15 to 16-year-old girls (does that change your view of the Christmas story?). Therefore, for David, being a young 20-something man and tending sheep was far from a badge of honor. Though he was gifted in many ways, it seems he was nearly invisible to his father, and his natural skills and abilities went largely unnoticed by his family. Thankfully, he had a deep and soul-building relationship with God, and His Savior filled his spirit with hope and courage in a way that more than made up for the indifference of his earthly relatives.
My friend, in the Kingdom of God, your potential is not measured by how you measure up in the eyes of others. Even if you’ve been ignored, marginalized, or told that you’ll never amount to much, with your life rooted in Jesus, anything is possible! While it can be difficult when those who are supposed to build you up tear you down, His abiding presence will constantly restore and comfort you. You are more than a conqueror through Him who loved you, and when His Spirit penetrates your soul, He shows you just how strong and capable you are. Regardless of your age or how insignificant or unimportant you feel, you are one-of-a-kind, and your Savior is rooting for you. The story He is writing in your life is infinite and eternal, and as you receive His love, He adds His power and promise to all of your endeavors!