1. Kids Play by their own rules.
2. Some adults do, too.
Happy Birthday Ritzy.
Isaiah 43:18-19 (ESV) – Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
So, what was it? what was it that we really desired when we spent all that time praying for change? When we heard the word coming from the minister and got excited, and told ourselves that the Lord was making a way for us; how did we believe that way was going to be made? Maybe when we read the story of the children of Israel, we simply glossed over the part of how they escaped bondage by traveling through a sea. Or, maybe when we read about the three Hebrew boys, we decided that them being saved in the fire was more a work of symbolism than a potential reality for us. Maybe we never truly believed every story we’ve ever read about how the Lord used seemingly bad situations for His glory and for the ultimate benefit of His children.
Because, we simply could not have prayed for newness, and yet now find ourselves nervous about the demolition process which must precede it. It wouldn’t make sense for us to suddenly be afraid of the very thing we asked for, simply because we do not understand the process – You have to clear the land before you can build. But, the reality is, in the end, everyone says they want the new house until they realize that the old house currently occupying the land has to be demolished. And, for whatever reason, we fear destruction, even if it will ultimately benefit us. This is why we choose to continue making minor aesthetic changes to houses that are dilapidated; why we would rather remodel than rebuild. The truth is, we’ve grown accustomed to the norm. We cannot appreciate the idea of newness because we’ve become comfortable with the very basic existence we continue to settle for. But, the times call for more than simply repainting walls, applying wallpaper, perhaps reupholstering the furniture. This time calls for a willingness to see the old house torn down, all in the name of progress.
We cannot be afraid of destruction. We cannot be afraid of the most vital part of the building process; clearly the way to ensure the foundation is secure enough to build upon. If we want something new and different and fulfilling and like nothing we’ve ever had, we cannot be afraid to clear the land underneath our feet.
Sometimes we cannot see the vastness of a new opportunity because there is too much obstructing our view; there is too much around us that needs to be cleared so that we can finally tap into the vision of all that the land around us can hold. We’ll only ever be able to fully imagine what can be once we forget about what was once there. Newness. It’s a new day. And, we’ve always claimed that every day that the Lord has made is good. So, claim this one as the start of something greater.
Do the work. Have a vision, develop a game plan, learn the requisite skills, apply the knowledge you’ve gained, build the necessary connections with the people who can help you achieve your desired outcome, and commit yourself. And then, allow the Lord to do what the Lord does. Because, it’s not about us hustling our way to wealth, spending endless days and sleepless nights trying to achieve our vision of success. It’s not our might that is going to take us to the places we most want to be. It’s not that we are somehow going to will our way to business success, outsmarting those around us; rather, it’s the Lord that is going to allow us the benefit of physical prosperity. And yes, there are many who very boldly take the other path, who work to the point of illness to get what they desire; but, why?
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Take the time to reflect and assess where you are right now in relation to where you desire to be.
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EVERYONE has a vision. EVERYONE has goals. EVERYONE says “this is gonna be MY year.” EVERYONE likes motivational quotes. EVERYONE says they want something better. EVERYONE says the time is now. But, real life begins after the euphoria of the moment. You heard a great sermon, saw a great speech, or read an inspirational quote that spurred a thought. Now what? How do you translate your desire for change in the current moment into a real plan of action? Count the costs and the build some actionable steps.
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Consider this; until we know, we’ll simply wander, unable to find any real peace and stability. We must take the time to know truth. And, when we know, we’ll know. And, knowing will mean that doubt will no longer imprison us; nor will discontentment or sorrow, hurt, pain or tragedy. When we finally know truth, we can then be free from jealousy and envy, choosing instead to focus on the Goodness of The Lord and his mercy given freely to us. And, Because knowing truth increases our sense of self-worth and value, when we possess and have applied it to our lives, no one can then fool us into accepting less than what we deserve. take the time to know and be made free.
We’ll spend hours googling information until we feel comfortable with an answer; we’ll hire lawyers to ensure that the fine print doesn’t work against us; we’ll look under the hood and kick the tires; we’ll reach out to experts in an attempt to know more about a subject matter. It is intriguing the extreme amount of time and energy we’ll spend researching the things of this world that we deem important. But, what about our mind and soul? Understand, this is our life; we must take ownership of it. Therefore, it’s time to act accordingly. It’s time to require that the things we profess a belief in are proven. It’s time to hold tighter to the things we know are good in our life and not be easily swayed otherwise. It’s time to be more than hearers; it’s time to investigate. It’s time to wake up and take Care of the things concerning your soul. It’s time to STUDY.
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In April, 2015, I was commissioned to develop the branding for the 47th Annual Florida State Lectureship, presented by the South Florida Churches of Christ. We developed the overall identity, produced the website, developed the registration strategy, and produced all collateral for the event.
In a world where we are constantly inundated with the barrage of news on the absolute worst things, and where we stand in desperate need of encouragement, we start with Twenty one consecutive days of prayer and meditation on the best things; faith, hope, and love. The format is straightforward. There’s a planner that incorporates a daily meditation and prayer list, as well as space for self assessment. In addition, there are sections for daily reflections and a 21-day reading plan.
The purpose is simply to make prayer and meditation a real factor in our daily life, and there are no greater ideals to focus on than Faith, Hope, and Love. While we often use a lack of time as the excuse for why we cannot establish a practice of prayer, reading, and meditation, hopefully the journal will serve as the impetus for change.
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James 2:17 (ESV) – So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
Noah could have said no to building the Ark; Abraham could have remained in the comforts of his home land; David could have kept silent when the word went out searching for someone to face goliath; Peter, seeing the boisterous winds, could have stayed on the boat with the other disciples; the three hebrew boys, when faced with the king’s order, could have bowed to the golden image; the woman with the issue of blood, seeing the massive crowd she’d have to navigate, could have simply decided to continue enduring illness. In the end, they’re all remembered for taking action, each deciding that they would do more than settle for “could have.” When we look back on this journey, perhaps we’ll find our greatest joy came in ensuring that the things we could have done were supplanted by those we actually did.
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On April 22, I sat down with Lady TJ [Lady TJ Show, TNT Gospel Radio] and we talked about spirituality, daily meditations, tips for new converts, as well as my work with this website and my Five Minute Meditation series. The Show runs for 1 hour, 50 minutes. Good times!
It’s interesting how we will exhaust all outside possibilities, consult friends, family and even neighbors, proceed through bouts of frustration and depression and never once think to pray. The confidence to know He will hear and answer according to His will is important; remembering that prayer should be our first option is even more important. Have you thought to Pray first?
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