The term Stone-Thrower, our motto "Throw Your Stone" and our company name Single Stone Studios are all derived from the David and Goliath story. You can find the full story in 1 Samuel 17 but in short...it's a story of faith in which David, a young boy, faces Goliath, a giant, that even the Israelite army was afraid to face. A boy, too small to fit into the armor they tried to put on him, armed with a sling shot alone and 5 smooth stones he picks up in the river on his way down to the valley to face Goliath, takes the risk. He steps out in his faith, knowing God has called him for such a time as this, and with the first stone flung from his sling shot - kills the giant. It hits him right between the eyes and Goliath falls to the ground. A single stone.
So now when Billy and I have an idea for the business or life in general we say "Throw Your Stone". It's not said completely light hearted to just willy-nilly try anything in life. It's said with the intent of knowing that one is listening to God and following faith. James 2:17 says ...faith without action is dead. You can't just keep hold of your stone. To truly exercise your faith, you must throw it!
Lately we have taken this philosophy a bit further and started calling ourselves Stone Throwers, meaning that we intentionally keep a "stone" in our hand to be ready at anytime for the big and the small faith steps in life. To live prepared so when we arrive at them in our path we don't have to stop to get ready - we're already armed with faith and ready to take the step.
Today, Stone-Throwing Thursday is born. To serve as a reminder for all of us to consciously live our faith each day. To take those big and little steps and to be aware of them when we do. To also be aware of even the littlest things God does to build our faith when we excerise it. I won't have a big long philosphical or theological post each week. But I am going to do my best of have some kind of Stone Throwing exercise to report.
This week - I consciously played with fabric to stretch myself as an artist. I pushed out the fear of my project potentially being a complete flop and just went for it....a step-at-a-time. Much to my surprise God offered encouragement in the form of a sale of the piece. Stone Thrown. Faith Exercised.
I hope you will all start joining in and leave comments or if you're a blogger link your stone throwing blog post to this post. Each week I'll do a Stone Throwing link party that will last from Thrusday morning to Sat night. Any stones thrown after that can be reported the following Thursday ;) I would love to hear all of your Stone-Throwing adventures and encourage you to keep throwing.