Greatness Starts Early in Life

Be not afraid of Greatness; some are

When we are young, we dream of doing something significant, something big or making a difference. We want to change the world, save lives, “be a fireman” or solve world hunger. Not everyone acts on those dreams, however. As we get older some of us begin to lose that dream. It begins to look less “realistic”. We decide to fit in and try to look like everyone else. Instead of cultivating that dream or working on the critical steps that will make it possible, we join our peers in what they are doing. Often that is nothing very important or looks very normal.

So how do we keep that dream alive? In the next 4 blog posts, I want to share some life lessons from a young man that lived over 3000 years ago. We all know of him as King David, or the guy who killed Goliath. He not only became someone great, he did great things when he was young. Those actions or conditions led him to become perhaps the greatest King of Israel, whose story is still being told today. So here are two facts about David that helped him achieve greatness early.

He Wasn’t Everyone’s First Choice

David was chosen last out of his brothers to be anointed the next King of Israel. Through Samuel the Prophet, God chose this young man, not because of how he looked, or his age, or outward characteristics, but because of his character. David’s family was likely surprised because they went through all the other siblings first and David was the afterthought.

I hope this encourages you. If you have ever been picked last for something, you understand how this feels. Hopefully it makes you work that much harder to do your best. It builds character. This is critical in the formation of Greatness. A great leader knows that everyone has value. Sometimes that value is just below the surface and needs to be discovered. A leader that was picked last in life is able to see the value in people much better then someone who only looks at appearance.

He Learned Responsibility Early

David took care of his father’s sheep. This task took constant attention, and wasn’t the most glamorous job. In fact he was doing this job when Samuel the prophet showed up to pick the next King of Israel. The family needed to run get him when he was called for. Learning responsibility is critical in making sure that greatness starts early in life.

Do you have something to be responsible for? There are always jobs that need to be done like taking care of the pets, doing chores and cleaning up after yourself. Can you do those things without being asked? When you can, this is an indication that you are becoming responsible, and it is a sign that greatness is in your future.

Are you destined for greatness? How do you react when you are not the first choice? Does it make you work harder or does it make you feel sorry for yourself? Are you working on your character or just what people can see. Think about it.

What about responsibility? Do you have regular chores to do? How many times do you need to be asked to do them? Responsibility is a prerequisite to greatness.

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Let’s get started on being great today.




About The Author

Duane Rockensock

Duane (Rocky) Rockensock is a husband, a dad, and the National Reconditioning Manager for AmeriGas Propane. Since he was a teenager, Duane has loved hearing the stories of how people have started creative businesses or found ways to use their talents to accomplish amazing things. For that reason he started this blog to encourage teens and adults to find their purpose and to provide the tools and resources to make that happen!

  • Kathy Clubb

    Great post, Rocky. Being overlooked can apply to people of all ages, not only young people. It’s hard, but as you said, we have a choice to feel sorry for ourselves or work on ourselves. I’ve noticed that being overlooked or last on someone’s list can make people more empathetic and compassionate, which are characteristics that are often in short supply these days. Looking forward to the rest of the series. God bless you.

  • Thanks Kathy! There are so many principles we can learn from David. You are right about being overlooked not being specific to age. It can happen to anyone. If we react well, it can definitely shape us more into the image that God has in mind for us.Thanks for reading!