There are too many of us, if we are not careful will suffer from what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called a “paralysis of analysis”. Basically, we miss out on great opportunities and miracles by overthinking a situation, circumstance, position, place or condition. Then, many of us will not proceed in our journey, destination and purpose because something doesn’t make sense and/or we don’t understand.
Some of you may be familiar with this example of something we do and we don’t understand. Many of us eat pizza, right? Why is it that a round pizza come in a square box and it is sliced into triangles? I don’t know either but I won’t spend too much time thinking about it either because I like my pizza hot and don’t nobody have time for cold pizza.
Yet, God can have something for us and because we don’t understand it, we will exhaust ourselves with questions. We will present our dilemma to all of our family, friends and people who we deem are equally as intelligent and analytical as we are.
You may ask yourself why would God keep sending short men your way. You don’t understand, and you are convinced that God know that you love tall men. Or, you may ask yourself why does God continue to send you strong willed women. You don’t understand, and you know without a doubt that God know that you love women that you can control.
So, you spend valuable time like a hamster on its exercise wheel, you’re running a lot but going nowhere.
God has a history of commanding us to do something that doesn’t make sense. For example, when God was going to conquer the oppressing army, God told Gideon to send home almost all of his own men. This DOESN’T MAKE SENSE. Why would you attack an opposing force of tens of thousands of men with only 300 soldiers? Gideon and the 300 won.
Or, When King Saul failed in his kingly role and God sent Samuel to look for a new king. He chose the smallest, youngest, not-even-thought-of-by-his-father-Jesse for the position. This DOESN’T MAKE SENSE. People want to follow the strongest, most physically impressive warrior kings, don’t they? Yet, God looks at the heart, and David leads God people.
So, why not trust God with the purposes and plans he has for your life. You may believe, you’re not good enough, unqualified, too old, too young, too short, underweight, too poor, too mean, too quiet, too scary or whatever limitations you have allowed to keep yourself from greatness.
I just want you to know that before University of Oregon track athlete Phil Knight and his coach Bill Bowerman founded Blue Ribbon Sports (BRS) in January 1964 and then change their name on May 30, 1971 to Nike and eventually coin the phrase “Just Do It!”.
God has been telling us to “Just Do It!” throughout the history of humankind. Before Jesus first miracle. His mother Mary said to His disciples, “Whatever He says to do, do it!”
So, even if you don’t understand what God is leading or telling you to do, “Just do it!”
I understand that many of us feel as though we can no longer bear the pain of waiting. Some of us are waiting on many things to happen in our lives, we are waiting on that job, healing, financial breakthrough, debt relief, love and purpose. But what may feel like the last straw to break our back isn’t. Remember that our time is in the hand of God. God desires a love walk with us. His plan is designed to mature us and draw us into a more intimate relationship with Himself. God timing is perfect. We must get in line with Him to achieve His will, His way, in His perfect time for us…#WeAreChampions4Christ
I’m amazed that it does not matter how old you are, what gender you subscribe to or what your faith tradition may be. When it comes to life on earth, nobody said it would be easy.
This morning I reflect on a wonderful occasion recently at church. My son and daughter in law had our granddaughter dedicated to God.
I was thrilled to perform the services for my granddaughter. It was wonderful seeing our children realizing the importance of what my wife and I teach in reference to everything belonging to God.
Psalm 24:1 tells us “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” That tells you and I that God owns everything even our spouses, parents, children and things/objects.
As I held my granddaughter, I thought about what she would face as she grow older. I thought about our age difference and what my life experiences has been. I thought about how we live our lives as children. I thought about how we live our lives as spouses. I thought about how we live our lives as parents. Finally, I thought about all of the other titles we would live our lives as, and I came to a not so surprising revelation that “Life is hard!” and NOBODY SAID IT WOULD BE EASY!
For many of us our default in life is to want to make life easy for those we care about. I believe this to be a very noble deed. However, I have learned throughout my life that no matter what we do for ourselves or others, life is not always easy and NOBODY SAID IT WOULD BE EASY!
We can be the very best we can and we will still become disappointed or disappoint those we care about. Our thoughts and emotions have a way of telling us not to be grateful because life is currently not what we want it to be. It then becomes difficult to see how good God is to us and how good God has been to us.
Then, we become upset with ourselves, others and God. We become unappreciative, self-centered and cantankerous. We begin to find fault before we find favor. We look for the bad before we look for the good. We can’t see the sun for the clouds and we develop an attitude that draw people away from us than drawing people to us.
I firmly believe that just because life is not easy doesn’t mean that life is not good. I believe that life is good in spite of my situation. I believe that life is good in spite of my circumstances. I believe that life is good in spite of my condition. It does not matter to me about what I have lost or attained.
I’m grateful for my wife who loves me unconditionally in spite of all of my flaws. I’m grateful for my children who loves me in spite of all of my imperfections. I’m grateful that I can not only receive unconditional love but that I can also give unconditional love.
Above all, it’s good to know and believe what is recorded in Nehemiah 8:10b that “The Joy of the Lord is our Strength”.
Yes, life may not be the way we want it to be. Our spouses, children, family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, government officials, fellow christians and even ourselves can be a source of disappointment but I believe that in spite of it all, I remember the words by Willie Neal Johnson “When the road is rough, and the going gets tough, and the hills are hard to climb. I started out a long time ago, there’s no doubt in my mind; I have decided to make Jesus my choice. NOBODY SAID IT WOULD BE EASY!
I am not moved by what I see.
I am not moved by what I hear.
I am not subject to the times.
I will keep obeying God.
I will keep tithing.
I will keep sowing seed.
I will keep walking by faith.
I will keep going to church.
I will keep praising God
I am separated from fear because of my faith.
I am walking in my God given purpose.
I am thriving, flourishing, increasing, enlarging,
experiencing God’s supernatural provision.
We live in a society where we have put many labels on many things. We call things what is, what’s not. We call things what’s not what is. We wonder what is going on in our world today. We are living in a society that”s full of racial injustice, racial profiling, classism, sexism, elitism, ageism and ableism.
I believe all the isms of our society can be summed up in three letters “SIN”. We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. When I was working on my doctorate one of my professor Dr. Ronald Hawkins would often say that “We are profoundly fallen people living in a profoundly fallen world”.
Sin gives life to hate. Hate is a formidable opponent with a history of success. Hate can camouflage itself, hate can be deceptive, hate can be unforgiving, hate can be long lasting, hate can be unreasonable and intolerant.
There are many armies who has fought hate with many weapons of all sizes to only realize they were no match. Hate is too big, too strong, too powerful and the only weakness hate has that it can’t defeat is Love.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Love conquers all
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;
Love does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;
Love does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;
Love bears all things,
Love believes all things,
Love hopes all things,
Love endures all things.
Love never fails.
Only Love Can Conquer Hate