The story of David and Goliath can be found in 1 Samuel in the Bible, and is the classic story of David as the underdog rising up to defeat the giant known as Goliath.
David took three stones and a sling shot to knock Goliath to the ground.
As McNairy Central senior football player Will Wallace looks back on his faith story to this point, the story of David is one he tries to live by.
“I see myself as David, small compared to the challenge I face,” Wallace said. “David had a lot of heart by defeating Goliath, and he knew that God would give him the strength to win that battle. With God all things are possible and the faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains.
“I believe God gifted me the ability to achieve and accomplish anything set before me.”
The concept of God and His will in Wallace’s life has interested him since he was little.
“Ever since I was little, I wanted to know more,” he said. “I want to know how I could live through Him and how I could get closer to him. I want to reflect some of His light into my life and those around me.”
Wallace attends Lakeview Baptist Church in Selmer, and he made the decision to be baptized when he was eight.
“We were having Vacation Bible School, and my youth pastor sat down with me and talked to me,” he said. “It just hit me. The way he spoke was clear, and I felt God right there beside me the whole time.
“From that day forward, I have lived my life like he wanted me to live and work on the things and I can improve on to be a better Christian.”
He said his decision to be baptized wasn’t just from advice from his pastor, but his parents have also played a big role in his life.
“They taught me the do’s and don’ts, and I look up to them,” Wallace said. “Parents know way more than we do, and I just want to follow in their footsteps.”
Wallace is in the youth group at his church, and he has gone on a mission trip to Ecuador with the church. He also does mission trips like Connect groups in Selmer to help those not in church.
“The trip to Ecuador was really an eye-opening experience,” he said. “Going through and seeing how much more blessed we are. They are so grateful to just have food on the table. We take all we have for granted, and they are the happiest people in the world.
“We went to villages and prayed with the people. I got to have a one-on-one with one of them along with a translator. I got to sit down and share my story. Eventually, I got to where I could talk to them, and they understood me. I read scripture to them.”
Wallace said that the trip had an affect on him, and he tried to come back with a different outlook.
“It was eye-opening how I kept wanting and wanting new things, and they were happy to get a toothbrush,” Wallace said. “I came back and wanted to be more like them.”
Wallace works hard to try and show God’s love with those around him.
“At lunch, I sit down at the table and pray,” he said. “I open it up to other to pray too. It has opened their eyes.
“I try to stand out in the crowd for the right reasons. I try to share scripture in the locker room. I try with those that might be struggling with trouble in their life.”
That mentality doesn’t change on the football field either.
“I try to play every down like it is my last,” Wallace said. “Win or lose, I give glory to God because he gives me the opportunity to achieve the goals.”
Wallace will soon face the decision of where to go to college and take the next big step in his life, and he sees God leading the way.
“I see God moving even more in my life,” Wallace said. “I see myself venturing out and going on more mission trips. And mission trips don’t have to be in different countries, they can be with your neighbor.”
Michael Odom, 425-9754
Will Wallace’s favorite verse
Matthew 19:26 — Jesus looked at them and said, “With people, this is impossible. But with God, all things are possible.”