He’s My Hero


We’re told we should want to live like him.  He was brave.  He was creative.  He was a good friend.  He was called a man after God’s own heart.

And he was a sell-out.

I’m sitting here thinking of David.  The beautiful Psalms sharing rejoicing and pain, they’ve wrecked me more than once.

And then I think about Bathsheba and how he traded and even better future than what he experienced for a woman.  A Biblical man who most of us think had it all and had it all together royally screwed up.

Don’t get me wrong.  I would be thrilled if a man wanted to fight for me or even wanted to kill for me, even as a (mostly) pacifist.  It would initially be awesome.  But then I would start thinking about all that this man gave up for me.  And then he would start thinking about all that he gave up for me.

It wouldn’t end well.

I wonder what David’s life would have been like had he not chosen to give everything up for Bathsheba?

And I’m here thinking, Well, he didn’t give everything up.  He was still blessed beyond belief.  He was still called a man after God’s own heart.

And I get that.  I do.  But since God blessed him as he did with those past decisions and sell outs, can you imagine how he would have lived had he not taken that misstep?

What about you?  Where could you have been?  Where are you heading now?

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