“Monday 5 Things”™…..Stones, Goliaths, and Repose…..

850 3539Photo: D. Paul Graham, “Covid Stones”, Albany, GA Hospital circa 2020

“Monday 5 Things”™…..Stones, Goliaths, & Repose…..

I have always been fascinated by David in the bible. A simple, unassuming shepherd boy chosen by God ahead of his older brothers to lead a nation. A young man hunted by his best friend’s father who jealously wanted to kill him. A musician and a poet. A man of abundant wealth and power. A commander of a great army. A king who didn’t hesitate to dance in the streets with unbridled joy. Yet David was a flawed man who was an adulterer and a murderer. Despite those dichotomies, he was a man after God’s own heart who understood what it meant to find rest in chaos and to embrace the unexpected. David wasn’t afraid to step up when needed. He took the challenge to confront a giant that tormented a nation. Turning down King Saul’s armor and with only five smooth stones in his sheppard’s bag, David faced and killed the giant Goliath. This morning’s M5T considers five stones to find focus, rest, and victory over Goliaths in life.

1. Stones of Gratitude

Spending time blessing others in my thoughts and prayers and focusing on being grateful for all that I have, not focusing on the negative. Recognizing the good in my life. Purposefully acknowledging the tangible and intangible blessings in my life. I’m always amazed at how my mindset shifts and how quickly I can feel refreshed when I focus on the positive rather than the negative.

2. Stones of Foundation

I am consciously taking time to check the foundations that I’m building my life on. Foundations of my faith, my relationships, my behaviors, my companies, my priorities, where I and how I spend my time, the people and things I value, my thoughts and mindset. Am I building foundations that are strong, or are they on soft sand that won’t last? I want to constantly shore up foundations, to build necessary underpinnings in my life that will survive the strongest of storms or the largest of giants that may torment me.

3. Stones of Reflection

Despite what many may think, I’m an introvert. My batteries are re-charged by taking time out alone. Pausing. Thinking. Reflecting. Taking a breather from the busy-ness around me. Simply learning to wait on God. I have found myself of late reflecting on my life inwardly and outwardly. Am I the same man inside that people see on the outside? Are my motives pure? Honestly, not always but if I don’t find time to rest, I can’t expect to find that consistency, nor can I expect to find peace.

4. Stones of Faith

I realize the importance of understanding where, what, and in whom I place my faith. This conviction allows me to challenge myself to stretch, learn, and grow beyond my own comfort zone and in return embrace the unexpected experiences that this outlook will attract. The older and hopefully the wiser I become, I realize it’s my faith that allows me to love and love deeply, live a life of passion, take chances and calculated risks, make mistakes, honestly question my motives and beliefs, and to handle those moments of chaos, disappointment, weakness, and Goliath’s that none of us can avoid in life.

5. Stones of Simplicity

There is a beauty and simplicity in David’s five smooth stones. I am finding more and more that simplifying my life allows me to overcome insecurities and fears. Simplicity allows me to resolutely focus on excellence and victory without fear of failure. Simplicity allows me to avoid clutter and complacency. Simplicity makes it easier to step up where needed and to go the extra mile. A simpler life allows me to seek out those opportunities to go beyond the expectations of myself and others. I want to leverage simplicity to constantly set the bar higher for myself in my life.

Here’s to a week of using whatever stones you have in your bag, slaying your own Goliaths, and finding rest and peace with who you are.

© 2021 D. Paul Graham, all rights reserved.

D. Paul Graham is passionate about people, culture, photography, and business. He has embraced his wanderlust with his travels around the globe and is at peace with his need for spirited drives in all things automotive.

You can find M5T each Monday here on www.southmag.com and by friending D. Paul Graham on Facebook. Paul is also a contributing photographer to South Magazine. His photographic work can be found on Instagram @dpgraham and atwww.imageGRAHAM.com . Your feedback is always welcome. Email Paul at dpg@imagegraham.com