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, March 20, 2020.

Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10

Sit Down

I read a lot of books. Some of them are good and some of them are a complete waste of paper. But when I read a book with a great idea in it I do two things. First, I write down the idea on paper and in a digital form so that I won’t forget it. The second thing that I do is come up with a plan to implement the idea that I have just read about. One day I was reading a book and it said the best way to increase your productivity was to keep a list of things that you need to do. Keeping a list would keep you better organized and give you a sense of satisfaction every time you crossed something off the list. Wanting to be more productive I figured I would give it a shot. They were wrong.

It wasn’t that the premise of the book was wrong, it was a side effect that keeping the list caused me. I began to keep a to-do list and cross things off as I got them done. The only problem was as I kept the list it just kept getting longer and longer. No matter how much I did, and how much I crossed off the list, there was always more to do. After a while, there was no satisfaction at crossing things off the list, there was the dread of knowing that there would always be something else to do. The more I did, the more I needed to do. I was becoming productive and driving myself crazy. Then I came across Psalm 46:10.

What I realized was I was not using the list to be productive, I was using the list to try and control the world. I was trying to do everything, and make everything work, and control everything and I was failing miserably because we are not designed to do everything, that’s God’s job. I was working harder and more productively but if I kept it up I was going to work myself to death. So I added one more thing to my list, “Be still and know that he is God.” Each time I see that on my list it reminds me to stop, sit down, and know that I don’t have to do it all because I am not God. Friends, do what you can and be as productive as you can, but always take time to sit down and remember that in the end, God is the one in charge.

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, March 19, 2020.

To the angel of the church at Philadelphia write: These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. Revelation 3:7

Automatic Doors

My son is obsessed with doors. He has just gotten tall enough that he can really manipulate handles, doorknobs, and the locks on doors. This has meant that we have to be more and more diligent to make sure that he is not going in and out of places where he shouldn’t be but moreover to make sure that he does not lock us into or out of places by mistake. As much as my son loves all doors there is one type of door that holds his heart more than any other doors, automatic doors.

My son absolutely loves automatic doors. He likes being able to walk up to a door and just have it open to him or to just push a button and watch it open up. This was all well and good until one day we went to a secure building. In this building, there was a button for the automatic door and my son saw it, boldly walked up to it, and pressed the button but nothing happened. He was quite confused so he pressed it again. Seeing that the door didn’t open for him my son looked quizzically at me for an answer. So I picked him up and showed him the security guard and explained to him that he could press the button all he wanted to but until the guard released the door it was not going to open. So we waved at the guard, my son pressed the button, and it opened right up for him.

Friends, there are going to be doors in life that you can open, but there are going to be some doors that are not in your control. There are going to be some doors that you no matter how big, strong, educated, financially well off, or powerful you are, you simply will not be able to open them. You can push, pull or whatever else, but God controls that door. Only He can open it and only He can close it. For those doors, we have to trust that God knows best and he will do what is best in his due time. So when you get to a door that does not seem to be opening or closing simply say, God, let your will be done.

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, March 18, 2020.

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. Isaiah 40:28

Who Is That?

We often do not appreciate what we don’t understand. People who are really good at something often make it look so easy that we think we can do it too. We figure we’ve seen this a million times. How hard could it possibly be? This often happens to me when I am watching basketball. I watch the game and I get it into my mind that I can certainly do that. Not the dunks, because I am but so tall, but I can certainly make those three-pointers. I can absolutely make those free throws. If I only had the chance I could absolutely do that. Except I can’t.

We often believe that we can do stuff because we don’t realize that the people who make it look easy are not just incredibly gifted, but they have worked very hard at what they are doing. We don’t know the years of dedication, the hours of work, and the months of training that allow for that level of skill and accomplishment. We don’t realize that nobody can just walk in and be great from the beginning without even trying, except there is one person who can, God.

Friends, as hard as we work we will never be God. God is different than us, beyond us, and we can never be Him. Many times we think we can run the world if we were just given the chance, but only God can do that. Only God can do that because only God created the world. Only God is everlasting. Only God has been here since before there was a beginning and will be hereafter there is an ending. When we understand all that He is, we understand that we can’t even begin to understand who He is, simply because of who He is.

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, March 17, 2020.

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. Colossians 2:6-7

Rooted

My wife decided she wanted to be a gardener. With all the other things that she has going on, she decided that this new hobby was one more thing to add to her plate. So she went out and got all of the equipment that she needed to be a first-rate gardener. She got soil. She got gloves. She got pots to put everything into. Finally, she got some seeds to plant. Now my wife is absolutely amazing in all of the things that she puts her mind to so it wasn’t long before every pot that she had prepared and planted something in had something growing in them. There were all kinds of herbs, spices, vegetables growing everywhere. And then one night a storm came.

It was one of those storms that just pop up out of nowhere. We were in the house and all of a sudden what was a drizzle became a driving rain. You could hear it pounding on the roof louder and louder over the course of time. Then the winds hit. What was hitting the roof was hitting the sides of the house in sheets. It was as if it was raining sideways. I just knew that in the morning my wife’s well put together and cared for the garden was going to be gone. When we got up in the morning we found pots turned over but everything she planted was still in the pot even though it was turned over. My wife sighed a breath of relief and said, “They all had good roots.”

Friends, we didn’t lose a single plant that day because they all had good roots. The roots are what was dug down into the soil and kept the plant in place even though the pot had blown over. The pot is what one might see, but the roots are not connected to the pot, but the soil in the pot. In life, there will be times when the pot blows. As we were putting the pots back upright it made me begin to think about what people root their lives in. When an empty pot blows over everything in it falls out. But when you have planted your roots into something, you can survive the storm no matter what happens to the pot. So when the storm comes, make sure you have good roots.

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, March 16, 2020.

Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Romans 12:10

It’s About You

One of my favorite restaurants is Chic Fil A, and it isn’t really about the food. Ok, it is kind of about the food, but not totally. One of the things I love about Chic Fil A is the experience. Chic Fil A is the only restaurant with a drive-through that I go out of my way to go inside. Yes, as opposed to just driving through and picking up my food, I get out of my car to go into the restaurant to get my food and often eat it there. I do this for one reason, and one reason only, Ms. Mary.

Every time I walk in Ms. Mary greets me and tells me she’s glad to see me again. When I get my food, Ms. Mary checks on me asks if I need anything, and always has the brightest smile on her face. It was so different than every other fast food restaurant that I asked Ms. Mary to sit and chat with me for a moment one day. So I asked her what makes her do the things that she does. Her answer was simple, “We’re honored to have you here and I make it my job to make everyone feel special.” And with that,she asked if she could get me a refill on my sweet tea. And that’s when I realized that I come to Chic Fil A because they make me feel special.

Friends, the word of God calls us to love one another and honor one another above ourselves. I see that in action every time I encounter Ms. Mary. Ms. Mary is older than me, has more experience than me, but she doesn’t put herself first or her position first, she puts others first. It is putting others first and making them feel special that is the essence of loving and honoring others. It is going beyond ourselves to bring joy to the life of someone else. So as you go through your day, take the time to make others feel special. That is who you love and honor one another.

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, March 13, 2020.

Do not let your heart be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. John 14:1

You Gotta Believe

I love going on boats. Big boats. Small boats. Rowboats. Cruise ships. It doesn’t matter to me. I just love being out on the water. Many people find that to be interesting because I am a native New Yorker and boats are not a big thing in the city. I owe my love of boats to my dad who served proudly in the United States Navy. Dad was a technician on an aircraft carrier and told me the best stories of being out to sea. He would tell me about what it was like to be in the middle of the ocean on a clear night and to see nothing but stars and the moon reflecting off still waters. While that sounded serene and peaceful, my dad also told me stories about being in a storm at sea. It was not the peaceful evening that made me fall in love with boats but the storms.

One of my favorite sea storm stories my dad told me is about a storm that his ship experienced in the southern Atlantic Ocean. They were miles from any harbor when a squall popped up out of nowhere. They were facing fifteen-foot waves, high winds and rain. Water was crashing onto the deck, crewmembers had to hold on to rails as the ship was being tossed back and forth, and up and down. It sounded terrifying to me. So I asked my dad was he afraid in the storm. His response to me, “Not at all. We believed in the ship. As long as the water as on the outside of the ship we were going to be fine. Ships only sink when the water gets inside.”

Friends, there are going to be times in life when everything will be sunny and bright and there will also be times when we will face storms. When you face a storm in life don’t let the storm inside of you.  A troubled heart will terrify you and have you making decisions based on fear and not on faith. An untroubled heart will keep you calm and centered no matter what is going on around you. So in your storm, don’t let the water in. Keep believing in God knowing that what is happening on the outside will pass, because you believe in a God that is covering you no matter what. You will survive the storm as long as you keep the water out and keep believing in your God.

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, March 12, 2020.

The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever. 1 John 2:17

Built to Last.

My uncle has the most amazing 1963 Chevy Pickup truck. It is not amazing because it is a show car, far from it. It is amazing because he still drives it every day. It is red and white, the red is rust, but it still runs. He gets in it, fires it up and goes to the store, runs his errands, and does everything that he needs to do in a truck that is over 5 decades old. He purchased the truck when it was new, and has been driving it ever since. One day I asked him when he was going to get a new truck. His response, “When this one stops running.”

While my uncle has not purchased a car since the last millennium, I have purchased several in my lifetime. I have purchased cars that were brand new, certified pre-owned, and some that were just new to me. What all of my cars have in common is that all of them at some time broke and were put out to pasture. One day I was talking to my mechanic and asked him why my cars kept breaking. After all, I was going the scheduled maintenance, I was taking good care of them, what was going wrong was my question. I’ll never forget what he told me. He simply said, “They don’t build them like they used to.”

Friends, we live in a society where so many things are not built to last. They are built to be here today, gone tomorrow and replaced the day after. That is not what the will of God is like. The will of God is transcendent. It is designed from its very foundation to be everlasting. It is designed to be right and true no matter what decade it is, what century it is, what millennium it is, and no matter where you are. So don’t build your life on what will inevitably pass away. Build your life on the will and word of God and it will be built to last forever.

Be Blessed,

Rev