Just Call me David

Never Underrate Yourself
Each day we are faced with our own and others’ traits and attributes. Often we judge ourselves against those we see. Unfortunately, we usually think mostly of others’ strengths and our weaknesses. We wish we were as tall, as thin, as well dressed, as pretty, as talented, as smart, or as spiritual as someone else—and the list goes on in our minds. Each time we see ourselves in such a limiting, unrealistic way, we damage our self-image and fail to benefit from our own strengths and talents. We can especially damage how we see ourselves if our peer group has set the standards and we feel we are not meeting them.
From Lesson 41- The Ability to Succeed
This got me to thinking about David
Did he underrate himself before he went up against Goliath?
Did he compare himself to King Saul or some of the other soldiers?
There was one, however, who did not quake with fear nor run in alarm. Rather, he stiffened the spine of Israel’s soldiers by his piercing question of rebuke toward them: “Is there not a cause? … Let no man’s heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine” (1 Samuel 17:19, 32). David, the shepherd boy, had spoken. But he did not speak just as a shepherd boy. For the hands of the prophet Samuel had rested upon his head and anointed him; and the Spirit of the Lord had come upon him. Meeting your Goliath- President Monson
No because he had faith in himself and the Lord
Lesson 41 helps the YW see what kind of attitude they have for themselves and how this can affect their success


We were each born to succeed just like David was born to defeat Goliath

You will need Butcher paper 10 feet long
Tin foil
2- 10 pound sacks (flour or sugar)
1- 5 pound sack of suger or flour
Read the story in 1 Samuel chapter 17 together, after the story start running the 10 foot paper up the wall- on the ceiling if needed.

“How tall do you really think Goliath really was?”
have them tell you to stop 
Ask “How would you like to face someone this size, who is very mean?” 
Ask them to guess how heavy  Goliath’s spear was, start to load the sugar into someone’s arms
Explain that his spear alone was 26 pounds

Each of us have Goliath’s in our lives that we struggle to overcome

Well might we look carefully into our own lives and judge our courage, our faith. Is there a Goliath in your life? Is there one in mine? Does he stand squarely between you and your desired happiness? Your Goliath may not carry a sword or hurl a verbal challenge of insult that all may hear and force you to decision. He may not be ten feet tall, but he likely will appear equally as formidable, and his silent challenge may shame and embarrass.
One man’s Goliath may be the stranglehold of a cigarette or perhaps an unquenchable thirst for alcohol. To another, her Goliath may be an unruly tongue or a selfish streak which causes her to spurn the poor and the downtrodden. Envy, greed, fear, laziness, doubt, vice, pride, lust, selfishness, discouragement—all spell Goliath. (President Monson)
Roll the tin foil into “stones” and take turns aiming them at Goliath
The activity to the left was done a little differently-
Our Young Women did this activity with our Primary Children- 
Lets all be like David and defeat our own Goliath’s!

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  1. Gina Libby

    February 24, 2014 at 6:55 am

    These ideas are so incredibly helpful!

  2. Charisse

    February 24, 2014 at 7:03 am

    Thank you Gina for your comment- I so love feedback- I love this activity, I think it helps us see we are not the only one who faces hardships, we all have something we are struggling with. It just makes the scriptures come alive to me.
    Thanks for stopping by

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