Growing up in my house we played a lot of basketball. And becasue we played a lot of basketball subsequently there was also a lot of trash talking. There was something pure and speacial about a good dose of trash talking…of course we stayed away from the “yo mamma” stuff…becasue well then we would have been talking about “my momma.” But I loved telling my brother and my dad exactly how bad I was going to destroy them and then making good on my promise.
I constantly reminded Arjay that he was too short…and my dad that he was too old and there was nothing they could do to stop my dominance in our backyard basketball games. And to really irritate them I would always offer to spot them a few points just to make it fair. Of course…they said no. To this day I will still contend that they should have taken the points…you know just to be fair.
Many people think that trash talking is stupid…I completely disagree. If fact I am going to argue that it is a spiritual discipline that all of us need to learn. King David for instance…was a great trash talker.
You know the story, and you can picture the scene in your mind. Little David vs. the Mighty Goliath. Goliath thinks it’s a joke and laughs…how does David respond? You would think that he would stay quiet so he doesn’t make the Giant even more angry than he already is. You would think that he would do a little bit of a sneak attack…maybe walk up the him with his head low pretending to offer some sort of a truce then hit him when his guard is down. You would think…right.
But this is what David said. “Giant, you have fancy weapons…I have the Lord. So today I’m gonna take you down…then I’m gonna cut off your head…then my boys are going to kill every body that is standing behind you and we are going to feed your bodies to the birds and the dogs. For the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hand. How you like them apples.” (I may have taken a little bit of liberty with what he actually said, but you get the point.)
A few moments later…David delivered on his promise. He took the giant down…then he took off his head.
I wonder if it is time for us to learn this spiritual art of “trash talking.” Are you starring down a giant today? Don’t cower…don’t worry…start talking trash. Has the enemy come against you? Start talking trash.
What Giant you are facing today, let him know what’s up.
Sickness: Just in case you didn’t know…I serve a God that come to this world to set things right…and he bore the stripes on his back so that I could be heald. My Jesus is bigger, stronger, and faster than any cancer…and today I will stand on the promises of the Lord. So you can just crawl right back to that dark hole that you slithered out of.
Lonliness: I want you to know today that I am going to slap you so hard your momma is gonna feel it. My God said he is a friend that sticks closer than a brother. And even if I am lonely today…the one who created all things knows my name. He even knows how many hairs I have on my head. So you can just hit the road Jack…
Whatever your Giant is today…talk a little trash to him. And when your done ask him, “How do you like them apples?” It just helps…trust me.