The Daily Dose with Dr. Daryl L. Williams

A Word every day to get you on your way!

Here is the Daily Dose for Thursday, January 9, 2020.

Then God said, “Let the lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night. Let there be signs to mark the seasons, days and years. Let these lights shine down on the earth.” And this is what happened. Genesis 1:14

A Different Season

I have typically lived in places that had four seasons. The shifting of the weather allowed the easy identification of winter, spring summer and fall. But I have a friend that live in Los Angeles and his experience is completely different. In Los Angeles, it is pretty much always summer. The weather is always nice. You can always be outdoors. You can live as if things never change and everything is always the same. He absolutely loves it and would not consider living anywhere else because it is so much fun. By contrast, I couldn’t do it. It would drive me absolutely crazy for there not to be noticeable seasons.

In creating the world God created seasons. He wanted us to be able to understand the passage of time and understand when we should be making transitions in life. Seasons allow us to know when we should be speeding up and when we should be slowing down. Seasons show us when we should be planting but also when we should be harvesting. These indicators allow us to know what we should be doing so that we don’t find ourselves out of our season.

Friends, you have to know what season you are in. All too often in life, we make mistakes because we are operating out of season. There is a season for preparation, but also a season for execution, and a season for rest. There is a season for planting, but there is also a season for harvesting what you have planted. There is a season for playing, but there is also a season to work diligently. When we know what season we are in, we can receive the blessing of God in that season. So don’t get stuck in one season, God may be giving you a sign that it’s a new season.

Be Blessed,

Rev

The Daily Dose with Dr. Daryl L. Williams

A Word every day to get you on your way!

Here is the Daily Dose for Wednesday, January 8, 2020.

Then God said, “Let the waters beneath the sky flow together into one place, so dry ground may appear.” And that is what happened. Genesis 1:9

He’s Setting It Up

I was watching television one day and they had an artist on. It wasn’t the guy with the orange from who does the wilderness landscapes, but a different artist. While most artists seem to be careful and precise in their work, he was different. He was a speed painter. He started with a blank canvas and said that within six minutes he would have a completed painting. I was curious to see what he would produce. Six minutes is not a long time, but you could throw something together and call it art, but could you really make something meaningful and beautiful in such a short amount of time was the question. So I sat down and watched.

It was fascinating to watch. He was in a frenzy. He was going back and forth. There was paint flying everywhere. He was making strokes, and splashes, and rubs and dashes. It was amazing, but I wouldn’t exactly call it art. Back and forth he went for the entire six minutes. When he was done, he stopped, stepped back and nodded as if he was done. To be honest, I was not impressed. It looked like something my 9-year-old niece could have done. Probably not in six minutes, but I was sure she could put together that level of “art.” Then he flipped the painting over, and it was a portrait of Martin Luther King, Jr. #MindBlown

Friends, I learned that day that something can appear out of nothing. What looked like chaos to me, was a part of the masterplan of the artist. He knew what he was doing and was looking at it differently than I was so he knew what it would look like when it all came together. Many times in life, we will think that the picture is wrong but God is the master artist that can make perfection appear seemingly out of nowhere. So be strong, keep the faith and know that God is putting things together and suddenly everything you need will appear.

Be Blessed,

Rev

The Daily Dose with Dr. Daryl L. Williams

A Word every day to get you on your way!

Here is the Daily Dose for Tuesday, January 7, 2020.

Then God said, “Let there be a space between the waters, to separate the waters of the heavens from the waters of the earth.” Genesis 1:6

Give Me Some Space

Have you ever met someone who didn’t like their food to touch? You know the person I’m talking about. The one who wants a clear demarcation between the different foods on their plate. Their starches can’t touch their vegetables. Their proteins certainly can’t touch their starches. And heaven forbid there ever be any overlap between any of them. For people like this, they either need a really big plate or one of those plates with dividers to make sure that everything is properly separated. The funny thing is, no matter how much the food is separated on the plate, ultimately it is all going to the same place. I mentioned that to a friend who doesn’t like her food to touch and her response amazed me.

She told me, “Just because it is going to the same place doesn’t mean that it will get along before it gets there.” It was one of the most insane, yet profound things that I had ever heard. Too many times in life we can put things together that don’t go together. When we put things together that don’t go together we can often not tell what is good for us and what is bad for us. Because everything is so close we can mistake good for bad and bad for good. We can mistake helpful things for unhelpful things, and vice versa, because we don’t have enough space to see what things really are.

Friends, perhaps you need to create some space in your life. This may be a season for you to create some separation to find out what really goes with what. There may be some things in your life currently that don’t go with the person that you are trying to become. There may be some people in your life that are so close that you don’t realize that they are holding you back or some that are so close that you don’t realize that they are keeping you going. In this season, create some space so you can see what is what, so you can know what to keep and what has to go.

Be Blessed,

Rev

 

 

The Daily Dose with Dr. Daryl L. Williams

A Word every day to get you on your way!

Here is the Daily Dose for Monday, January 6, 2020.

Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. Genesis 1:3

Lights On

My son’s newest obsessions is flashlights. One day he saw me looking under a chair with a flashlight and it was life-changing for him. He immediately took the flashlight from me and started to examine it. He was interested in seeing how it turned on and how it turned off. He wanted to look directly into the light, we stopped him. But most of all, he wanted to shine the light on things. So now he walks around the house shinning the flashlight on things. He doesn’t just do this in the dark mind you, he shines the light into perfectly well-lit areas, while exclaiming, “Light, Light, Light!”

His obsession with this light has actually helped around the house. We have found headphones that were long since forgotten. We have found dog toys that I am pretty sure were hidden by our dog and he wanted them there. We have also places on our floors that need a little more buffing, places on the wall where our son was “practicing” his handwriting, and a few other imperfections around the house that we had overlooked because there simply was not enough light to notice them. Yet, now that our son is shining a light on everything it is allowing us to find new things, fox old things, and make everything better because we can see it now.

Friends, there will be some times in your life when God is going to proclaim, “Let there be light.” It is in those moments that God wants you to see some things. He wants you to see some things that you have lost, but you can find again. He wants you to see some things that are good, but that you can make great. He wants you to see some things that have been in your life but are ready to go, and he also wants you to see that there is space for things that God is sending your way. So as you go through your day, and your year, remember God may exclaim, “Let there be light,” just so you can see things more clearly now.

Be Blessed,

Rev

The Daily Dose with Dr. Daryl L. Williams

A Word every day to get you on your way!

Here is the Daily Dose for Friday, January 3, 2020.

The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. Genesis 1:2

In The Dark

If you have ever been in a dark empty room you know it is a disorienting feeling. The feeling is even worse if it is a room that you have never been in before. In a room that you kind of know, you can feel your way around. You know what is supposed to be where, and how to navigate. But in a room that you don’t know, everything seems off. You don’t know where the walls are, if there is anything in your way, and you may get the feeling that at any time you may trip, fall or hurt yourself. So what you really want is some type of help to get through what is an uncertain environment. Someone to help get you around until you know for yourself where things are.

Life can be like a dark room sometimes. As you enter into different stages of life, you can feel as if you are in the darkness trying to find your way. You can feel as if you just want to get your bearings and have someone tell you which way to go in uncertain times. The great thing is, no matter how uncertain the time us for you, it is never uncertain for God and he is always there. When we find ourselves in darkness, God can still see clearly and he is there with us. He is always looking, hovering and keeping us, even in times of darkness and uncertainty.

Friends, fear not in times of uncertainty, God never leaves us alone. God is always hovering ready to guide us through the darkest hours. You may not be able to see your hand in front of your face, let alone a light at the end of the tunnel, but God is still there. God is still watching you, keeping you, and planning for you. So don’t be afraid of the dark. Take heart and know that even in the dark you are not alone, you are still loved, and God is still there.

Be Blessed,

Rev

 

The Daily Dose with Dr. Daryl L. Williams

A Word every day to get you on your way!

Here is the Daily Dose for Thursday, January 2, 2020.

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1

In The Beginning

Happy New Year! There is something that is always inspiring about the beginning of a year. It is like we have a clean slate to start over. The things of the past are gone, and there is boundless optimism and potential for the year to come. It is at this time that we often will start looking at the things that we want to do in the year ahead. We may resolve to lose weight this year. We may resolve to get closer to God this year. We may resolve to spend more time with family and friends, to achieve new goals at work, or to start that project that we have been waiting for just the right time to kick off.

The great thing about the beginning of the year is that it is the time that we can begin to create the future that we want. When we look at the beginning of time, the word tells us that God created. He starts at the beginning of time by creating the heavens and the earth. He starts by creating the environment that all will live in with everything that they will need. God takes a blank slate and creates what he as visualized for all of us. It is that desire and ability to create that we have to carry with us this year.

Friends, as the year begins the question is what will you create this year? Will you create more of the same or will you create what you have always dreamed of? Will you create something beautiful that gives life or will you create something that sucks the life out of you and everyone else? The new year is a blank page and a clean slate to create the life, the family, the career and the world that you have always dreamed of. So take this time to follow the first example that God gives us in the Bible, in the beginning, create.

Be Blessed,

Rev

 

The Daily Dose with Dr. Daryl L. Williams

A Word every day to get you on your way!

Here is the Daily Dose for Tuesday, December 31, 2019.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7

We Made It

At the end of every year, we become excited about the year to come. We start looking forward to the best days being ahead, the new resolutions we are going to live into and all that a new year holds. As much as we look forward to the next year, we must not forget that ending a year is important as well. No matter what kind of year it was, you made it. You made it through ups and downs. You made it through losses and victories. With all that 365 days can throw at you, you made it and that is something to be thankful for.

As you look back on the year that was, take a look for the lessons that you learned. You may have learned that you were stronger than you thought you were. You may have learned that you could make it through tough times. You may have learned that God can carry you in good times and bad. You may have learned that there were things you thought you needed that you can live without and things that you never thought of that you need every day. No matter the lessons that you learned, hang on to them and carry them with you into next year.

Friends, we made it. No matter what kind of year it was, we made it. We fought the good fight, we finished the course, and we kept the faith. So as you close out this year, close it out with a grateful heart. As we enter into next year, let us enter into it with great expectations.

Be Blessed,

Rev