[From June 17, 2012]
"Saul said to David, 'You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are just a boy, and he has been a warrior from his youth.'"
(1 Samuel 17:33)
"You're just a kid!"
"You're too young!"
"You don't have enough experience!"
These are all comments made to youth. All... the... time! Since the beginning of time.
It drives youth crazy.
David knows how it feels. The youngest of 8 brothers, he was always getting put down by his older siblings.
Like the time his Dad sent him to bring food to his brothers in the army. The army that was not really being an army... because they were too afraid to fight! You see, they were up against the Mighty Philistines and the giant, Goliath. He'd challenged them to send one soldier out to face him. Winner take all.
No one volunteered.
No one, that is, until David came. When King Saul heard his willingness to fight, he said those ill-fated words, "You're just a boy..." (Ouch. Like a punch to the gut!)
But wait a minute... Saul also said Goliath has been "a warrior from his youth." David is a youth. And a soon-to-be-warrior. GIVE HIM A CHANCE! We should give all our youth a chance. How else can we expect them to learn?