By Cyndi Pollard


Courage is looking into the eyes of a daunting giant and knowing, rather than wondering, that you will be victorious. (1 Samuel 17)

We all know the story of David and Goliath, the story of a young shepherd who was told that he wasn’t strong enough, brave enough, old enough, experienced enough…. and the list of “ENOUGH’S” stacked one upon the next. An ordinary person probably would have been held down and probably crushed by the weight of what he had been told his entire life. But not David…because David was a man of courage, and a man who inspired courage.

When the giant taunted the nation of Israel, only a boy amongst men had the courage to answer the giants taunts. David went to the creek and gathered five smooth stones, took his sling shot and announced to Goliath, ” This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head.” And that’s exactly what he did. Then the men of Israel and Judah surged forward with a shout and pursued the Philis. You can read the details of the story in 1 Samuel 17, but we already know enough to draw three Life Lessons About Courage from this Story,

  1. Courage Announces it’s Victories Before They Happen.
    Courage is rooted in faith. Hebrews 11:1 tells us “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Even if the situation you are facing feels bleak, insurmountable, and dangerous. See yourself as the champion. Announce yourself as the victor. Become the over comer.
  2. Courage is Prepared to Finish The Job.
    History tells us that Goliath had four brothers…so a total of five giants. David had five stones with him. Coincidence? Probably not. David was prepared for Goliath’s four brothers to avenge his death. He knew what it would take to accomplish his goal. Prepare your mind. Bolster your soul. Fortify your heart. Then set out on the journey to accomplish what others have said is unattainable.
  3. Courage Inspires Others.
    The nation was frozen in fear by the Giant Goliath, but as soon as they say the courageous boy David accomplish his goal, the troops were instantly inspired to join the battle. Imagine what will be accomplished when you achieve your goal. Imagine who will be inspired by your victory. Imagine what your courage may give birth to.

Rise above what you have heard about yourself, about your situation, about what is holding you back. Announce your victory, conquer what giants are in your way, and be prepared to see what your COURAGE INSPIRES in the lives of others.

cyndipollardheadshotCyndi Pollard graduated from LIFE Pacific College with a BA in Ministry Leadership. She is an ordained minister that has crossed boundaries from education to ministry to customer service to corporate America. She has spent over twenty years speaking, encouraging groups and inspiring those around her to live a courageous life. As the keynote speaker for Women’s Retreats, Conferences, the Future Business Leaders of America and Master of Ceremony, she is poised to share her message of Hope and Courage.

She is currently writing her first book, “Defining Moments” that explores the moment after a significant event in your life has occurred. She wrote and presented, “Stepping Outside the Box,” for a well-known company that teaches individuals how to move from, “How I have always done it,” to “doing it a different way.” Cyndi is a servant leader who over the last 17 years has served as either a Principal, Executive Pastor, or an Executive Director at an Independent Senior Community. She currently lives in Southwest Washington with her husband Dennis, two cats (Rocky & Dude), and has a daughter in the US Navy.

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