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, November 27, 2019.

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:15

Everything For Him

What’s your inspiration? Everybody has one. Some people are inspired by proving people wrong. They want everyone who ever doubted them to see that they were wrong and that they made it. Other people are inspired by fear. They are afraid of failing or not living up to their potential and it drives them to work hard, push forward and keep going because they are afraid of failing. There are other people who are inspired by money, power, fame or any host of things, but everybody has something that is driving them.

What drives you matters. It matters because it will be the fuel that keeps you going when you don’t feel like keeping on. It will push you when you feel like giving up. That means what inspires you has to matter to you all the time. The problem with fear is that it can be overcome. The problem with proving people wrong is you eventually will then there is nothing to drive you. Fame, money, power, they are all fleeting leaving you with nothing to inspire you. That is why what inspires you has to be eternal.

Friends, if you are a disciple of Christ that is what should drive you. When we become disciples everything that we do is for him and represents him. Whatever you are doing in word or deed represents Jesus and should drive you to be the best at it and do it well. When you are living, acting and achieving in the name of the Lord, you never have to worry about it going away, or no longer motivating you. When HE is your motivation, you do the best you can as thanksgiving for all that he has done for you. So as you go through your day, remember all that you do is done in his name, so do your best, because when people see you, they see him.

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, November 26, 2019.

In God, we have boasted continually, and we will give thanks to your name forever. Psalm 44:8

Bragging Rights

Things may have changed, but in my day there was a time-honored tradition of going for bragging rights among middle schoolers. It would start simple enough. One would say that they had just gotten something, maybe a new pair of sneakers. Then their rival would say, that’s nothing I just got a new pair of better sneakers. Not to be outdone another would then talk about the even better pair of sneakers that they had gotten, and on and on they would go for hours until someone had bragging rights.

Bragging rights allowed everyone to know that you were the best for that day. It gave you the chance to talk about all of your possessions and the things that you had that were better than everybody else’s’. What makes it fascinating looking back is that we were all bragging about stuff that wasn’t ours. It was stuff that our parents, aunts, uncles, and grandparents had purchased that we were taking credit for. So ultimately, we were not bragging about our stuff, but we were bragging about the stuff that was given to us by people who loved us.

Friends, we are all blessed. God has been more than generous to all of us. If we take a moment to look around and inventory our blessings we have a lot to brag about. But our bragging should not be on our own behalf, but on behalf of the one who created us, sustains us, and blesses us. In short, when we look around at all that we have been blessed with it should lead us to brag about our God. Our God is loving, faithful, kind, generous and takes care of us even when we don’t deserve it. So for everything that God has given you take some time out to say thank you to him, and tell someone how good he has been. But make sure that you give credit where credit is duebecause ultimately he’s the one with the bragging rights.

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, November 25, 2019.

And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. Colossians 3:15

You’re Not Here For That

Every superhero has a nemesis. Batman has the Joker. Superman has Lex Luthor. Professor X has Magneto. Thor has Loki. Captain America has Red Skull. Every superhero has a supervillain that is his nemesis. That nemesis is the person who lives to defy, challenge and hate the superhero. The nemesis is the person who gets up in the morning plotting how to destroy mankind just so they can wind up in a fight with the superhero before the day is over. Day by day, the superhero and the nemesis work to makes each other’s lives miserable so they can keep doing battle with one another every day. It makes for great television and movies but it has to be exhausting.

Think about it, every day, 365 days a year, the hero and the nemesis are doing battle with each other. When they are not fighting with each other they are either recovering from the last battle or preparing for the next battle. No days off. No days to rest. No days on the beach. Just days of fighting, recovering or preparing to fight again. Nobody wants to live like that, yet many of us do. We are in constant battles and fights with people. We have created nemesis in our lives and people who we are at war with and it is keeping us from living in the peace of Christ. When we live in the peace of Christ and let it rule our hearts we come to a place where rivalries go away, nemesis no longer exists, but most importantly we get to live in peace and find rest for our souls.

Friends, you were not born to fight meaningless battles with people. You were born to live a life that fulfills a destiny, serves mankind and most importantly honors God. You were born to live in harmony with your brother and sister not wondering if they are plotting against you. So put down your swords and take off the battle gear, you are not here for that. You are here to live life and live it well and that’s something to be thankful for.

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, November 22, 2019.

Now, who will want to harm you if you are eager to do good? 1 Peter 3:13

Do Gooder

In the United States, we have become a very divided nation. Our political leanings have become a red line that divide people one from another. People who lean in one direction believe one thing, and people who disagree are the enemy. Each side has people that they have lionized as heroes, and others that they have made villains. By contrast on the other side, the same people that are lionized as heroes are seen as the villains and the people who are hailed as villains are lionized as heroes. The people are the same, but the perspectives that people have on them are radically different. Yet, there is one politician in America that everyone can agree on, James Earl Carter Jr., better known as Jimmy Carter the 39th President of the United States.

Jimmy Carter had a rather unremarkable presidency, but he had an exceptional life after his presidency. After leaving office President Carter didn’t take to the lecture circuit, he took to doing good work. After leaving office President Carter established the Carter Center. The Carter Center works to expand and promote human rights globally. President Carter has traveled the world monitoring elections, promoting peace, negotiating treaties, and advancing disease prevention across the globe. With all of this what he is best known for is his work with Habitat for Humanity. Even now, at the age of 95, President Carter can be found often swinging a hammer, helping to build homes for the less fortunate. His life is a picture of good works in action and has gained him acclaim from all who know of his work.

Friends, people will always have opinions of you. Some will say this, and some will say that. Some will approve of you, and others will burn you in effigy. You can’t control any of that. What you can control is what you do. If you set your life to doing good works, it is not you but your works that will speak for you. When you set your life to do good, people will stop seeing you and only be able to see what you have done and are doing. So, build a life based on doing good works. Find every chance you can, in every way that you can, to do all the good that you can, then you won’t have to worry about what people say, your work will speak 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 Thursday, November 21, 2019.

Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant. Galatians 1:10

They Not Gonna Like That

The Apostle Paul was an amazing individual. He started life as a persecutor of the church and ended life as one of the greatest Apostles of the Church. He planted churches all over the ancient near east and brought the faith to people who would never have heard the gospel if it had not been for him. Paul wrote the majority of the New Testament in the Bible, mentored Timothy into being a great pastor, and wound up in shipwrecked on three separate occasions. Along with all of that, I should also mention that Paul was constantly arrested, chased out of several cities, was beaten three times and stoned. With all of this, somehow Paul kept going and kept working towards what God called him to do. The question that comes to mind is how? How is it that Paul was able to do so much while suffering so many setbacks, and still keep going?

I believe that Paul was able to do what he was able to do because he set his mind to only care about one thing. Paul didn’t care about money. Paul was not impressed by status. Paul was not even trying to be successful or famous. Paul was only trying to please God. Paul was singularly focused on what God would think about him, what God needed him to do, and what God wanted from his life. That singular focus allowed Paul to avoid distractions, take setbacks in stride, and still keep going because he knew that God would be pleased. He knew that no matter what anyone else thinks about what you do, as long as God is pleased you’ll be fine.

Friends, people-pleasing will never get you anywhere. When you are living to please people you will not get much done. People will change their minds, change their wants and fall out with you if you don’t give it to them. It will keep you going here there and everywhere trying to do what they want. By contrast, God is never changing. If you set your mind on pleasing him, you will always be going in the same directions, you will have strength for setback and always know that what you are doing matters. So be like Paul, stay focused on God, and see all that you will be able to do.

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, November 20, 2019.

Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come. Jeremiah 33:3

Inside Information

I am sometimes amazed at how far we have come technologically in the world. I am old enough to remember when my dad used road maps to get us across the country. He would have several of them for each state that we would travel through so that we would know how to get from place to place. By the time I was driving the internet was available, and I would print out MapQuest directions for trips. MapQuest was better than a folding map because it allowed you to put in your address and the address to your destination and it would give you turn by turn directions to print out and follow to where you were going. After MapQuest, I got my first GPS. GPS was amazing. You didn’t have to print anything or need any paper. With a GPS system you could punch in your destination and the system would along the way tell you how to get where you were going. It was like MapQuest without paper. But now I don’t use any of those things, I use Waze.

Waze is the ultimate in direction applications. What makes Waze so awesome is Waze is not just directions it is directions with inside information. Waze is a crowdsourced application. This means the basic applications gives you directions like a GPS but Waze adds a unique wrinkle that makes it better. The people that use Waze report into the system where there are traffic jams, road construction and most importantly where there are traffic cameras and police. Having all of this inside information allows you to get from place to place using Waze that much faster because you don’t just know where you are going and how to get there, you also have all of the inside information about the route that allows you to get there faster and safer because of all that you know.

Friends, in life, a relationship with the Lord is like having a Waze system for your life. You may know where you want to go, but the Lord has the inside information to get you there faster and safer than you could on your own. When we have a relationship with the Lord, he can tell you where the pitfalls, valleys, traps, and problems are before you get there so that you are prepared or can go around them. So stay close, and listen well, the Lord has some inside information 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, November 19, 2019.

But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me. Micah 7:7

Be Different

From time to time there are things that restore your faith in human nature. One day I was traveling on Amtrack to New York and was a personal witness to what human kindness looks like. As we were boarding the train the steps were unusually high. You had to do some climbing and reaching to get onto the train. You had to have someone pass you your bags from the ground after you had climbed onto the train, and then you helped the next person up. Person by person we helped and spotted each other to ensure that everyone safely boarded the train until the conductor arrived. He came running and yelling at us, “WHAT ARE YOU DOING???? THAT CAR IS CLOSED THAT’S WHY YOU CAN’T GET IN IT!!!” It was in that moment that I realized that it is completely possible that if all my friends, or several random strangers, jumped off a bridge I would probably do it too.

Up until that moment, I always thought it was a crazy statement when parents said that to children, Of course, I wouldn’t jump off a bridge with my friends. Of course, I have my own mind. Of course, I would think for myself and make the right decision. And of course, when faced with the situation that my mother warned me about, I followed the pack, because it seemed like a good idea at the time. Following the pack is always the easier thing to do. Everyone else is doing it. Everyone else is helping everyone else. And yes, everyone else can be wrong. There are times that you have to take a step back and be different because it is the right thing to do.

Friends, we live in a world where we expect things to happen instantaneously. We need it now, so we want it now, and we can get it now. From food, to rides, to groceries, if we want it it can come right now. This immediate access to everything makes us impatient with God. We think that God should also give us what we want when we want it because that is what everyone else gets. But with God, you have to be comfortable with God’s timing. You have to make the decision not to think and act like everyone else, but to choose to wait on God’s timing. When you make that choice, you become different, and you receive something different from God for your patience.

Be Blessed,

Rev