Get Hit, and Keep Moving Forward.

 

I’d hold you up to say to your mother, “this kid’s gonna be the best kid in the world. This kid’s gonna be somebody better than anybody I ever knew.” And you grew up good and wonderful. It was great just watching you, every day was like a privilige. Then the time come for you to be your own man and take on the world, and you did. But somewhere along the line, you changed. You stopped being you. You let people stick a finger in your face and tell you you’re no good. And when things got hard, you started looking for something to blame, like a big shadow. Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now if you know what you’re worth then go out and get what you’re worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain’t you! You’re better than that! I’m always gonna love you no matter what. No matter what happens. You’re my son and you’re my blood. You’re the best thing in my life. But until you start believing in yourself, ya ain’t gonna have a life. Don’t forget to visit your mother.

1 Corinthians 9:24 Surely you know that many runners take part in a race, but only one of them wins the prize. Run, then, in such a way as to win the prize. 25 Every athlete in training submits to strict discipline, in order to be crowned with a wreath that will not last; but we do it for one that will last forever. 26 That is why I run straight for the finish line; that is why I am like a boxer who does not waste his punches. 27 I harden my body with blows and bring it under complete control, to keep myself from being disqualified after having called others to the contest.

Hebrews 12:1 As for us, we have this large crowd of witnesses around us. So then, let us rid ourselves of everything that gets in the way, and of the sin which holds on to us so tightly, and let us run with determination the race that lies before us.

Lets get rid of the doubt, fears, worries, concerns, past mistakes, failures, addictions, lets get rid of the sin, that we habitually do on a daily basis, so that we can run the race that lies before us.  Because if we can’t get rid of these things that are holding us back, we won’t fully see what it is that God has for us, we won’t be able to run the race without looking back, and we can’t look back we need to look forward.  Every race that I have ever run, I had to look forward, I couldn’t look back to see what was behind me, because if I did, I would’ve tripped and fallen.  Lets look forward to the race that God has placed in our lives today, and run with nothing hindering us, or slowing us down.

I love the quote from Rocky because it talks about how people point fingers, and blame the other person for not being where we are.  I could’ve easily done that, I could’ve easily said well I’m not where I want to be because of what happened to me in my life, because of the way I was born.  Because no one was helping me (besides my parent’s) get through this life, but I learned with my parent’s help, that I had to do things on my own, and keep pushing forward on my own, and to realize I didn’t need anyone else’s help.

Cast All Your Worries on Him

images1 Peter 5:7 says Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you.  I have worried about so many things in my life, that I wish I would be able to do this more often, just leave it at his feet, instead of always taking it back.  Just give it to God, and not worry about as much as I do, though sometimes we take it back, and worrying about it again.  Why do we need to take it back from God, once we have already given it to him?  I used to be so concerned about college, and how I would make  it through college, but in the end, I made it.  Their was a time when I first started community college that I would worry about my classes, tests, homework, etc, that I would get sick at night, yet God brought me to the Chi Alpha Christian Group on the Campus.  From that point on, I was no longer sick, why because I prayed, and he brought me a group of men and woman of God, that He knew would help, and encourage me to make it through.  Now not only did I have my parent’s I had friends as well.  One of them, I am still friends with to this day.  Some of you may have already graduated, and are like how am I going to pay back those loans, I have to much money to pay back, I won’t be able to do it, yet God says I will supply all your needs.  I pray and think often about the woman of God that He has for me, and I believe that He has that woman of God out their for me.  Yet I worry will I find her, will I find the love of my life, hopefully it’s in His will, but I believe it is a Promise for my life.  I want to share something that I read today in my devotional, about “outsourcing” our worries.

“AJ Jacobs, editor-at-large at Esquire magazine, shares an anecdote about outsourcing that will make you re-think what you should and shouldn’t do with your time. This excerpt is from his blog titled “My Outsourced Life,” an Esquire feature found on their website. AJ had been outsourcing many of his menial tasks to his virtual assistant named Honey. She writes his emails for him among other things. This time, he decides to outsource something else. “Whatever the reason, I figure it’s time to conquer another frontier: outsourcing my inner life… I decided I needed to outsource my worry. For the last few weeks I’ve been tearing my hair out because a business deal is taking far too long to close. I asked Honey if she would be interested in tearing her hair out in my stead. Just for a few minutes a day. She thought it was a wonderful idea. ‘I will worry about this every day,’ she wrote. ‘Do not worry.’ The outsourcing of my neuroses was one of the most successful experiments of the month. Every time I started to ruminate, I’d remind myself that Honey was already on the case, and I’d relax. No joke–this alone was worth the $1,000.”

Now you may say that this was nice, but in the end, I hope that you get the point of this, we can tell everyone that is around us, about out troubles, worries, fears, concerns, but they can’t do a thing about them, but Jesus can.  Jesus can take all our worries, and handle them on his own.  Just like AJ Jacobs assistant, once he handed a task off to her, he didn’t have to worry about it anymore, because he knew that she would handle it, and take care of it. Although we can do the same thing with Jesus.  He is much more than just handing our fears and concerns over to him, He is King of Kings and lords of Lords.  He gives a peace which surpasses all understanding when we are anxious, Philippians 4:6.  God for all of my friends, that read this, and are anxious and have concerns, allow them to read this, and help it to remind them to go to you, and ask you to help them with their concerns, and late it all out at your feet.  God your will be done in our lives.

P.U.S.H.

prayIt seems to me that we have fears of everything these days, fears of terrorism, fears of wars, fears of Christians being killed and beaten, beaded.  Even fears of snow storms hitting the east coast, of New York and maybe having two feet of New York, possibly.  I know that the Government is taking precaution in saying that this is going to be a huge storm, and telling people to stay off the roads, and that everything may be shut down.  My Question is this what happened 30 years ago, when they didn’t have this advance notice, when they didn’t have advance notice of these snow storms.  Some of them that where coming with two or more feet of snow.  They would not shut everything down, they would not panic, they would go on with their everyday lives, they would clear the streets, and they would get out the next day.  My Point being in this post, is the next time, you hear that something is happening in another Country, someone was killed for their religion, another attack happened, PRAY.  The next time a war comes around, and your young enough to, and you don’t want to see it happen, or you want to do something about it, and you can’t Join the Military.  PRAY.  The next time which for the Northeast will probably be tomorrow that a Major Snowstorm hits, and the Politicians are all in a panic, and panicking the rest of the city.  PRAY, Do something nice for your neighbors, ask those that are elderly or disabled if they need help, do they need their driveway or walkway shoveled.  The Bible says in Philippians 4:6, Do Not Be Anxious About ANYTHING, (whether, it be war, terrorism, snowstorms, financial problems, job loss, etc).  But in everything by prayer and petition let your requests be known to God, and let the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.  So whatever happens in your life, or those around you, or in your country or world, DO NOT BE ANXIOUS, AND PRAY. 

 

Because He Lives,

This was one of the songs, that I loved growing up as a child, and even into my early teens, I enjoyed it and liked it pretty much because my mother used to sing it to me.  Before I would go into the operating room, and before praying for the doctor’s and for protection during the operation.  It has such a solid truth in this song, that no matter what we face, and what we go through in life, that Because He Lives, we can face tomorrow, and that Because He lives all fear is gone.  Philippians 4:6, says Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God,, and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.  We all get nervous, anxious concerned, about things that happen, and things that take place in our lives, and in the world around us.  Though take comfort today, knowing that God’s peace will come upon us, when we lay everything at his feet, and because He Lives, all fear is gone, and remember that He Holds the Future.

Deflate Gate Scandal

bos_a_brady_d1_600x400We have all heard about the deflate gate scandal, I don’t full know what type of punishment that the Patriots should get, though I do think that if someone was involved whether it be a player or a coach their should be a punishment.  Whether it be a fine, a suspension, or even taken out of the Superbowl.  Yeah we can all say that the game was so far apart that the “deflated” footballs had nothing to do with who won the game, and that might be true, but if they cheated in this instance, where does the cheating end.  What type of message are we sending to those in College, and High school, those that want to be the next Tom Brady.  Are we sending a message that this is okay, because it is only a little thing, that it’s okay.  We didn’t really wear something that was illegal, but that we only did something illegal if that is the case.  Granted this is not like the Steroid Scandal in Baseball, and it gives football a black eye if it does come out, that the Patriot’s and other teams have done this for years.  I feel that when we are looked up to, regardless of the career, regardless of the sport, that we need to live up to a higher standard to those that look up to us.  When do we start playing by the rules again, instead of breaking them in order just to win a game, or even win or gain something in life.  When do we start to realize that we need to do what is right, and not to do what is wrong.  I hope that whoever did give the okay, to deflate the balls, and the one who did do it, realizes that what they did was wrong, and realize that they shouldn’t have done it, and that their’s an appropriate punishment in the end regardless of what it is.  Just my two cents.

Ask, Seek, Knock,

Have you ever prayed about something, especially those things, that occur regularly and sometimes the prayers are answered and sometimes their not, well I got good news for you, eventually the prayers will be answered.  The only problem is they may just not be the answer we are wanting, but the good thing is that their’s a reason for that, it’s because God is in control, and His will is being done in our lives.  Matthew 7:7, says Ask, and it shall be given to you, seek and you shall find, knock and the door will be open, when I was at Bible College, a professor, once said something about this verse that I will never forget, that we need to Keep Asking, keep seeking, and keep knocking.  For example, whenever I send out packets, or I send out email follow ups for pastor’s to remind them of the ministry, and to ask them to get back to me about the possibility of speaking at the church.  Their are times that some will, and their are times that some will not, just recently I believe that most of them I emailed got back to me,  I was praying even before I sent the emails out, asking God to have the pastor’s get back to me, and He answered my prayers.  The only difficult thing to realize is that not all of the pastor’s gave me the response of what I was looking for, which was yes you can come and speak at my church.  Not only is God opening the doors that He wants me to be involved in, He is also closing the doors that He doesn’t want me to walk through, though I know that God has it all planned out for me in advance.  As I continue to Ask, He will give me what I need, as I seek, I will find those open doors, and as I knock I can walk through the doors that He has opened.  Remember today, that whatever it is that you are going through, sometimes the prayers that we want answered, and when we get the answers to those prayers are not always what we want, but it is what God wants, and God will lead and guide us to what He has for us.  Trust in God today, that regardless of the answers you are receiving it is God’s will being done in your life.  Continue to do what Matthew 7:7 says to do, keep asking, keep seeking, keep knocking, and until you get the answer you are praying for continue to ask, Continue to seek, Continue to knock.

Look ahead, 2014 is here.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/687/33300404/files/2015/01/img_0582-0.jpgWhere did 2014, go, a year is 365 days, which is pretty long considering each day is 24 hours on time. Though regardless of how long a day, or year is, it seems like yesterday was 2014, actually it was. What I’m trying to say is, 2014 went by way too fast, we may say I didn’t do what I wanted to do, I didn’t see my dreams come to fruition. Though when something new begins, we can’t look to the pass, when we find a new relationship, job, even a new year, we can’t look to what happened, or didn’t happen, but we need to look to what us ahead. What is ahead for us in 2015, what is it that God has for us, for our future, our past is behind us, we need to look ahead. Jeremu an 29:11 says for I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord plans to prosper you and not to harm you to give you a hope and a future. Wake up each day knowing that it’s a new beginning, and when things happen in 2015, look ahead, and not to the past.

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