The Daily Dose, Wednesday February 13, 2019

A Word every day to get you on your way!

Here is the Daily Dose for Wednesday, February 13, 2019.

It is pleasant to see dreams come true, but fools refuse to turn from evil to attain them. Proverbs 13:19.

The Price of Dreams

I still remember the first day of high school football training camp during my sophomore year. I knew it was going to be a great year. I was projected to be a starting player. We had a good core of guys returning to play this year as well. We all arrived with dreams of an undefeated season and at the very least a divisional championship, but we were ill prepared for what was next. You see on the first day of training camp; you don’t run plays, you don’t have fun hitting, all you do is run. Then you run. Then you run some more. You take a break to do some up-downs and then you run some more. The first days of training camp are called hell days. In those first few days, all you do is run to build up your conditioning so that when the time comes, you will be ready to play the games.

The interesting thing is everybody shows up with dreams and ambitions, but everybody does not survive the first days of camp. There are always some who at the end of day one decide this is just not for them. There are others who give up by the end of the first week. They all leave for different reasons, but usually, it boils down to the sacrifice being too high. What those who survive and reach the field have in common is they understood that to achieve dreams there would have to be some sacrifices along the way.

All of us have dreams. The question that we have to ask ourselves is are we willing to make the sacrifices necessary to attain what we want. Achieving your dreams will always cost you something. It may cost you some friends. It will certainly cost you some sleep. Fulfilling your dreams may cost you comfort, convenience and maybe even a little bit of your sanity, but in return, you get what you dreamed of. Today is the day to decide if you are willing to make the sacrifice to get what you say you want. Nobody will make you do it, and nobody will blame you if you say the sacrifice is too great, just remember if you give up the dream never comes true. So today, decide to pay the cost and go live your dream.

Be blessed,

Rev

The Daily Dose, Tuesday February 12, 2019

A Word every day to get you on your way!

Here is the Daily Dose for Tuesday, February 12, 2019.

The godly give good advice to their friends; the wicked lead them astray. Proverbs 12:26

That’s What Friends Are For

Have you ever taken an inventory of your friends? Chances are, you will find that you have all types of friends for all types of reasons. You will see that you have an eating friend. That is the friend that you know is always ready and willing to go out and break bread. You also have a party friend. The friend who knows when, where, and how to have a good time. You probably also have an encouraging friend. This is the friend that no matter how bad the day has been, or how down in the dumps you are, or how bad the idea is,  they have a word that will pick you up and encourage you to go for it. You also may have the ride or die, friend. This is the friend that you know has your back no matter what’s going on and is willing to drive the getaway car if necessary. All of these friends are great, but do you have a godly friend?

The godly friend is the tough friend to keep around because they are not good time Charley or pick you up Patty.   You see the godly friend is the one who is willing to give you godly advice and tell you the truth, even if you don’t want to hear it. That friend loves you enough to tell you not only when you are right but also when you are wrong. That friend is the one that wants the best for you, even when you want to do something that is easier but ultimately is not going to do you any good. The godly friend isn’t always the fun one, the good time one, or the one that you want to call, but is the one that you need the most of you are going to live your best life.

Today, take a moment to thank God for the godly friend he sent you. God sent you that friend to keep you honest, keep you out of trouble and keep you moving closer to him. Sure this friend may not support your hairbrained schemes. This friend may not pat you on the head every time you have a breakdown either. This is the friend that will help you put your life back together and be the one that keeps you out of the ditch the next time. They may not be the most fun, but they are the one you need to make it to the next level in life, and that’s what friends are for.

Be Blessed,

Rev

WE’RE BAAAAAAACCCCKKKKKK!!!!!

Guess who’s back!!!

So on July 5, 2016, The Daily Dose went on hiatus. I needed to finish my doctoral project and figured that in 3, maybe 4 months I’d be back up and running again. Well, one thing led to another and three months turned into a little over two years. A lot can happen in two years. I did finish my doctoral project and graduate. I also had a son and am now a proud dad.

As you can see, a lot can happen in two years. So here we are and back at it again. I missed writing the Dose and all of you. So as of now we are back up and running. Welcome back to the Daily Dose!

A Word every day to get you on your way!

Here is the Daily Dose for Monday, February 11, 2019.

If you search for good, you will find favor; but if you search for evil, it will find you. Proverbs 11:27

 

 

 

What are you looking for?

It amazed me when I got my new car how many other people had cars like it. Wherever I drove, I saw other people with the same make and model of car. It was like they were following me around. At the gym, they were there. At the grocery store, they were there too. When I was stuck in traffic on the beltway, there’s another one right there as well. I was amazed. Then I realized that I hadn’t changed any of my habits and these people were certainly not stalking me, I was just noticing something that had always been there that I had not seen.

You see, buying a new car made me see all of the cars like mine that were around me. Because I had one, I started looking for and seeing the ones that were around me. That is how most things work in life. What you look for you will find. If you look for the good in a situation, you will find it. If you look for a way to have joy in a circumstance, you will find it. By contrast, if you always look for the bad around you, you will find that too. If you are always looking for something to complain about, you will find that as well. The real question you have to answer is not what are you finding but rather, what are you looking for.

Today, take the time to look for the good in your life.   When you make the conscious decision to look for God, and look for good, you will both in all your situations. In all things, God is there and there is some good there. Not only that, but you will find that the whole time there has been goodness, joy, and blessing all around you. Then you will begin to see it everywhere. You will see it in the people you meet, the places you go and eventually you will see it in yourself too. So today, take a good look around not for what’s wrong but for everything that is right. You’ll be amazed at what is right there around you.

Be Blessed,

Rev

The Daily Dose, July 5, 2016

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Good Morning Folks!

 

I hope you had an awesome holiday weekend. For the next couple months The Daily Dose is going on hiatus because I need to hunker down and finish my doctoral project. I’ll be praying for you all and hope you will pray for me as I finish the requirements to complete my degree.

Have a great summer and I’ll see you soon.

Be Blessed,

Rev

The Daily Dose, June 29, 2016

A Proverb a day gets you on your way!

Here is the Daily Dose for Thursday, June 29, 2015.

Mockers can get a whole town agitated, but the wise will calm anger. Proverbs 29:8

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Trouble Makers

“Some (people) aren’t looking for anything logical like money. They can’t be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some (people) just want to watch the world burn.”  These are the words Michael Caine as he played Alfred, the butler to Bruce Wayne in the 2008 movie The Dark Knight. Caine’s character was trying to explain that there are some people who are just different. Most people want peace, prosperity and can be reasoned with. There are other people who simply are not interested in the things like that there are some people who’s only motivation is chaos and destruction. These people in ancient days were called mockers.

You see the goal of the mocker is to defy sensibility and destroy order, just for the sake of doing so. The mocker wants simply to stir up trouble. The mocker goes from place to place and person to person string up trouble. The mocker laughs at peace and justice, spreading rumor and innuendo simply for the purpose of keeping strife and conflict going. The mockers true goal is to bring enough people into a frenzy to destroy the peace of a place and let anarchy reign. Simply to cause trouble and to watch the city burn.

The antidote to the mocker is the wise person. Wise people as opposed to spreading chaos spread reason. The goal of the wise person is to find the right, reasonable solution that leads to good for all. The wise person wants to put out fires, not start them. Bring peace to people, not cause chaos and dissension. The wise person works to bring peace and calm, so that righteousness may reign. When you see a mocker, walks away and be wise. Don’t engage. Don’t fight on their level. Take the time to be calm, cool and reasonable so that the fire goes out as opposed to watching it burn.

Be Blessed,

Rev

The Daily Dose, June 28, 2016

A Proverb a day gets you own your way!

Here is the Daily Dose for Tuesday, June 28, 2016.

Blessed are those who fear to do wrong, but the stubborn are headed for serious trouble. Proverbs 28:14

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A Healthy Fear

I don’t want to mess up. I remember saying that before the first time that I had to speak publicly.I had a lump in my throat, pages of notes that I had memorized, and a crowd waiting for my first big speech. I had been practicing and practicing and I knew I was prepared, but still, I was nervous. I knew that there would be a lot of people watching. I knew that my family would be there. I knew that the occasion was important. It was a lot of pressure for a four-year old making their first solo Easter speech, and I just didn’t want to mess up.  That’s when my mom told me, just go do it. You’re ready. And as they say the rest is history.

You see, I wasn’t scared to speak in front of a crowd, and I wasn’t unprepared, I just didn’t want to mess it up. When something is important it is healthy to have a desire to do it well. You want to make sure that what you are doing is first-rate, top-notch and serves the intended goal. You have worked hard, put the things needed in place, you just don’t want to mess it up at the end and have all of that hard work go to naught. Ultimately, you don’t want to mess up because you care too much to be lackadaisical and not have the result that you have worked so hard to achieve. By contrast, there will always be people who simply don’t care so when they do something you get what you get.

In life, there is a certain amount of fear that is healthy. When you have great responsibilities it is only natural to have some fear of doing the wrong thing. Doing the wrong thing has direct consequences that can effect your life and the life of others. Yet, we should never be so afraid that we don’t do anything for fear of messing up. So prepare well, practice hard, then trust God as you move forward doing your best to do the right thing.

Be Blessed,

Rev

The Daily Dose, June 27, 2016

A Proverb a day gets you on your way!

Here is the Daily Dose for Monday, June 27, 2016.

Fire tests the purity of silver and gold, but a person is tested by being praised. Proverbs 27:21

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When You Make It

It is surprising what is the downfall of people. We are taught how to hang in there, keep your head up, and grind it out. We are taught that hard work pays off and that winners never quit and quitters never win. We all have faith that we can make something out of nothing with some hard work and dedication. We are even taught that failure has a future and a mistake does not have to be the end of the world. We prepare ourselves and others over and over for the hard work of becoming a success and the gritty work of overcoming failure, but oddly enough there is one thing we rarely prepare people for, actually being a success.

The surprising things is the downfall of most people is not struggling to succeed, it is dealing with success. When many times when people have climbed to the pinnacle of the mountain, they look around and are not prepared for what they see. The see that they have everything that they every wanted. They see that they have everything that they worked for. Then they see that they are still there. The struggle for success got them there, but without the struggle they are left wondering how to fill the time, use the energy and what to devote the passion to that got them there, now that they are there. So many times people fall into self-destructive tendencies and gain toxic proclivities because they don’t know what to do now that they have made it to the top.

There are two real tests in life, getting there and living once you get there. You have to know who you are before you get there in order to be happy with yourself when you get there. You have to know who you are, what you believe and what your values are when nobody knows your name, so that you can hold on to them when everybody knows your name. It is my prayer that you make it. I pray that you work hard and achieve good success. Yet, it is also my prayer that on the way you ground yourself in the things of God, in who and what you believe so that when you make it and everyone is calling your name, you can still call on His name.

Be Blessed,

Rev