“Then it happened when the Philistine rose and came and drew near to meet David, that David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine. And David put his hand into his bag and took from it a stone and slung it, and struck the Philistine on his forehead. And the stone sank into his forehead, so that he fell on his face to the ground” (1 Samuel 17:48-49).
To compete with competence requires not only a knowledge of the enemy’s tactics and tendencies but also a keen sense of self-awareness. In ancient days, warring armies walked to the battle lines and fought in close proximity. For David, however, hand-to-hand combat would have been a losing proposition. Understanding his own God-given-giftedness, David changed the parameters of battle, sprinted to the battle line and slung the stone from a safe distance. It is not necessary to be a volunteer victim in life. Perhaps your giftedness can change the circumstances of the battle you are fighting.