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, August 7, 2019.

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26

You Need Back Up

Have you ever made up your mind to do something? We have all done it from time to time. Perhaps we saw a documentary and decided then and there that we were going to give up smoking. Or we got a glance in the mirror at a bad angle and made the decision that we were becoming vegetarian right now. We made up our minds and decided that through sheer force of will we could bring this decision into reality. It typically works for a little while, but then something happens called temptation. No matter if it is going to a cookout and smelling the ribs or maybe hanging out with our old smoking buddies while not smoking, many of us fall back and we say, “the spirit was willing but the flesh is weak.”

Often times we make up our minds to do something and we think that is enough. We assume that through our own willpower and force that anything can be accomplished. Then we run into the real world and realize that we are not as strong as we think we are. You see when properly motivated, and in the perfect environment, and with the perfect surroundings we can do just about anything. The problem is the world we live in rarely provides perfect circumstances.  In the real world, the environment is rarely perfect, we don’t stay motivated, and the support we think we had sometimes turns into benign or even aggressive opposition. That is why there has to be more to us than just us.

Friends, your flesh will fail, your mind will get weak, and everything will not always be perfect, that is why we need the Lord. The Lord is our strength when we are weak, He is our portion when we run out and He is our will when we give up. No matter what you make your mind up to do, always do it with the Lord. When you do it with the Lord you have backup for when you give out and with back up like that you can always come out victorious on the other side.

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, August 6, 2019.

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Colossians 3:12

Change Your Clothes

Growing up I had three sets of clothes. I had my school clothes, my church clothes, and my play clothes. Each set of clothes had a specific purpose and were worn for specific occasions. My school clothes were for school. It was not that we wore a uniform, these were just my nice clothes, that I had not outgrown and were presentable for public consumption. My church clothes were, by contrast, my Sunday best. Those were my suits, and ties and dress shirts and hard bottom shoes. These were the clothes reserved specifically for the Lord’s house. Finally, I had my play clothes. Play clothes in most cases used to be school clothes or church clothes. They were now just not the right size or I had created some flaw in them that made them no longer acceptable for their intended purpose. So I could throw them on and do whatever and it didn’t matter what happened to them.

One day while visiting my relatives I forgot what clothes I had on. We had just come home from church and as boys do, we started playing. It started off simple. Just tossing the ball around. After a while tossing the ball became a touch football game. Touch football soon escalated to tackle football and that is when my mother came out on the porch and saw us. All of us, still in our church clothes, rolling in the grass having the time of our lives and she went off. She ordered all of us to go to our respective houses and change clothes immediately. So off we all scurried knowing that there were going to be some unpleasant conversations ahead of us because we had on the wrong clothes.

Friends, like little boys after church, when we become children of God we have to change clothes. Because God has freely loved us, shown us compassion, kindness, gentleness, and patience it is only right that we clothe ourselves in the same things. The clothes that we wore before we met the Lord are no longer our style and they no longer fit. We have to make sure that we put on the clothes that are worthy for children of the King of Kings. So when you get dressed in the morning, no matter what else you put on, make sure you clothe yourself in the things of our God. Make sure you clothe yourself in compassion, kindness, gentleness, humility, and patience. And if not, as my mother would say, get in that house and change clothes.

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, August 5, 2019.

23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”

26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.

Don’t Panic

If you are ever on a plane with my cousin, make sure that there is no turbulence. You see, my cousin is a bit of a drama queen. She overreacts to everything. Once she saw a spot on her hand and she swore she had melanoma. Actually, she had a chocolate smudge from a candy bar she had eaten earlier that day. When she has a headache, she will convince you that she has a brain tumor that is pressing against her optic nerve. No matter what happens, she overreacts and believes that it is the end of the world. Which brings us to the plane.

Against my better judgment, my cousin and I were on a flight together. Somewhere about midway through the flight, we hit a rough spot of turbulence. Nothing out of the ordinary, just a little bumping and shaking. That is when my cousin yelled at the top of her lungs, “WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE!”Needless to say, her shriek alarmed a few of the passengers and got us the attention of a very nice flight attendant. Also, it is worth saying that we were not going to and did not die. She simply was overreacting, as usual, to something not going quite as planned.

Many times in life we act like my cousin. Something goes wrong and we overreact, freak out and declare the end of the world. This happens because we too often forget that Jesus is always with us. In the ups and the downs, the Lord is always right by our side. We don’t have to get scared and yell or scream, all we have to do is keep trusting God. We have to keep trusting that the Lord is not surprised by hickups, setbacks or turbulence. No matter what you are going through, don’t panic, God has this under control.

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, August 2, 2019.

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone else in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16

Be Best

What your favorite outfit? You know the one that you put on when you are going somewhere and you want to be seen. It may be what you wear when you go to formal occasions, or what you wear to weddings, or maybe the outfit that makes you feel great when you have to make a presentation, but all of us have that favorite outfit. It is the outfit that we don’t wear to hide in the corners, but we wear it to let people see us at our best. The only problem with that favorite outfit is that you can’t wear it every day. You save it for those special occasions when you want to be at your best, but that means that every other outfit is less than your best.

Every day we should be wearing our best outfits. Your best outfit is not in the clothes you have on, but in the life that you live. Your best outfit starts with you making the decision to be seen. The decision to show up, and show the world who you are. You were not made to sit in the back, on the sidelines or to shrink in the shadows. You are gifted beyond measure and able to do anything you set your mind to, but it won’t matter unless you choose to show up. Every day, in every place, in every way, you have to show up and be you. Don’t be anyone else, just be the strong, confident, capable you. In short, every day put on your best.

Showing up and being your best can be intimidating. There are times that we all feel like we just don’t have it today or that we are not good enough for the challenge ahead, but believe me, you are. You are ready. You are capable. You are powerful. Now you have to let your light shine. God did not put all He put into you for you to shrink back, hide out and be less than. He uniquely gifted you to be seen by others so that they might see him. So step up, step out and never stand back. Every day is a day for you to let your light shine, take the stage and be your best.

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, August 1, 2019.

The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. Jeremiah 31:3

Expired?

Being pulled over by the police can be a harrowing experience. You see the blue lights come on behind you and suddenly your heart begins to race. You first think are they coming for me or for someone else. Then you begin to think, what did I do? Was I speeding? Did I change lanes without signaling? What is this going to do to my insurance rates? All this happens as your heart is pounding through your chest and you hear the words, “License and registration please.”

The last time I was pulled over by the police this was my exact experience. The only problem was when I got pulled over I wasn’t driving. I was actually sitting in traffic in Washington, D.C. So while my mind went on this run of thoughts and emotions it occurred to me, I wasn’t even moving,  so why was I being pulled over? Interestingly, I had purchased a new car and my temporary plates had expired. Living at the nexus of multiple municipalities comes with some interesting issues. I purchased the car in a state that issued 30-day temporary plates, the state I registered the car in, takes up to 90 days to issue plates, so they issue 90 day temporary plates. The municipality I was sitting in traffic in had a police officer that did not know this little idiosyncrasy about the surrounding jurisdictions. To make a long story short I was given a warning and sent on my way.

It was on that day that I learned that checking the expiration dates on things are important. Something may be in effect in on place yet simultaneously expired in another place. If you don’t know when and where things expire you can wind up thinking something is valid when it isn’t. The great thing about God is that his love never expires. God loves you so much that it does not matter which jurisdiction you are in,  or how much time has passed, His love for you never expires.

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, July 31, 2019.

Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave them the right to become children of God. John 1:12

Parenthood.

You will never fully understand being a parent unless you become one. I always thought that was an exaggeration until I became a parent. You see for years I held the titles of greatest “Uncle Ever” and “Most Awesome Godfather in Existence”. With these titles, I thought I knew what it was like to be a parent. I had kept, watched, entertained and cared for multiple nieces, nephews, and god children, so I assumed that I knew and understood parenting. I assumed that if I could do it for a few hours or a few days, that being a parent would be just more of the same. I was so incredibly wrong. After having a child of my own I wanted to go the parents of my nieces, nephews and god children and give them a hug and apologize for even thinking that I could do what they were doing.

What I failed to realize as temporary caregiver and guardian is the immense gulf between the words temporary and permanent. I thought it was just a time consideration, but it is so much more. Being a parent is a full time, permanent, ongoing, never-ending marathon of love, care, and worry. It is giving someone else permanent and ongoing residence in your mind, heart, and emotions. It is thinking about them every minute of every day, always wanting the best for them, trying to keep them from harm, and wanting them to never feel pain. That is not something that you can do on and off. That is something that is all-consuming and it is called being a parent.

That is what God does for us through Jesus when we become children of God. When you become a believer in Jesus you become a child of God. God doesn’t become our favorite uncle or the best Godfather ever, He takes us on and takes us in as his children. We gain permanent access and permanent residence in the mind of God because he is our father. There is never a time that God is not thinking of you, concerned for you or wanting the best for you. There is never a time that you are so far away that God forgets about you or stops caring for you. So as you go through your day today, and every day, know that your father cares for you.

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, July 30, 2019.

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10

Live in It

Life can get boring. I remember as a child thinking the one thing I don’t want to do is the same thing every day. I saw people get up, go to work, come home, get some rest then do it all over again in the morning. It seemed like the worst existence in the world to me. Then I became an adult, had grown up responsibilities and found out that getting up, going to work, coming home, getting some rest and doing it all over again the next day wasn’t that bad. As a matter of fact, it was pretty normal. Yet one day I looked up and realized that it was driving me crazy. I had a great regular life, and it was boring me to death. Then one day it hit me, life does not have to be like this.

What I discovered was I was bored because I was created for more. I was doing fine, but I wasn’t living on purpose. I wasn’t using all of the gifts that God had given me, I was just doing enough to get by. That day I decided I was going to have a full life and boring was not going to cut it anymore. That day I took the time to start thinking not about what was comfortable but what I could offer the world. What would I do even if I had to do something else to make a living? What could I do that I would be excited about every day and look forward to doing again the next day? For me, that was serving in the local church. So I started off by volunteering and then working part-time and now it is what I do for a living.

Friends, I was not truly happy until I started living in my purpose. There was a purpose sized hole in my life that nothing else was going to fill. The thing is, all of us have the purpose sized hole in us. God created each and every one of us on purpose, with a purpose and for a purpose and we will never be truly be fulfilled until we start walking and living in it. Each of us was created by God to do good works that he has set out for us. All we have to do is go live in it.

Be Blessed,

Rev