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 11, 2020.

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 response. 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 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 Tuesday, November 10, 2020.

Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:18

Live Up To It

People will say just about anything. When I was buying my first car, I was convinced that my salesman was my best friend. We were just chatting it up and getting along great. After I purchased the car, he told me if anything goes wrong or if you need anything, just give me a ring. We shook hands, parted as friends, and I drove off happy until I got home and noticed a flaw in the car. It was the weekend, and the dealer was closed, but I figured I’d call my new friend when they opened, and certainly, he’s taking care of it. Suffice it to say, my friend was not taking my calls. I had to speak with his manager, and after threatening legal action, they finally took care of my issue. Guess what he said, and who he actually was didn’t exactly line up.

While it can be expected that a salesperson may or may not live up to their pledge of friendship, it often happens to us in the real world as well. For those of us who claim to be followers of Christ, we have to remember that we are bound by what we say. When Christ teaches us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves, and we profess that, we have to live up to it. It is not just a cliché or some cute words to say in church. Christ actually expects us to do what we said. He actually expects us to love people not just with our words but with our actions as well. We are expected to go the extra mile for others. We are expected to support each other in times of crisis. We are expected to be kind and generous to one another because that is what people who love people do.

We all know that John 3:16 says, God so loved the world that he gave his only son so that whoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. The foundation of our faith is the belief that we have a loving God. A God who cares enough about us to meet our needs, watch over us, and to make the ultimate sacrifice so that we would have eternal life. Now, what if those were just words. What if God was just selling us a dream that He had no intention of living up to? Luckily for us, God is not a man that He would lie to or the son of man that he would repent. When God says he loves us, He means it, and He follows his words with his actions. When you tell someone you love them, live up to it, the same way God lives up to it 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 Monday, November 9, 2020.

And  David was greatly distressed; for the people spoke of stoning him because the souls of all the people were grieved, every man for his sons and daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God. 1 Samuel 30:6

Carry On

If you have ever reached your breaking point, you know it is not a good feeling. It always happens the same way, things build-up, and you feel like you can’t go any further. It typically starts with something small and builds from there. It may be missing your alarm, so you start your day late. Then the project you’ve been working on goes horribly wrong. Your lunch order at the deli gets messed up, but it doesn’t matter because you get called into a meeting and don’t have time to eat it anyway. Then when you think it couldn’t get any worse, you get home and wind up in an argument with your spouse because you forgot to move the laundry from the washer to the dryer, and the clothes soured. The preponderance of the day is enough to make you want to give up and have a complete and total meltdown. Don’t.

You can’t let a bad day, week, or month get you down. If you do, you can wind up in danger of heading down the dark path to discouragement. Discouragement happens when we begin to believe that one bad day will only lead to another. Then we begin to take our circumstances personally and believe that what we are going through is who we are. Before you know it, you are having trouble getting up in the morning, you can’t find a smile for your face, and you are living under a dark cloud of gloom and doom. Friends, that is when the enemy has you right where he wants you. When you are discouraged, you can’t live freely, pursue goals, or have the joy that God wants for you. That is when the enemy has won. Don’t let him win.

Freinds, we will all have bad days from time to time. It is in those moments that you have to encourage yourself. You can’t wait for someone else to come and give you a pep talk, do it yourself. Remind yourself that you are valuable. Remind yourself that you are loved. Remind yourself that you are not what you are going through. Remind yourself that you are a child of God and that He has a plan for you. When you remind yourself of who you are and who your God is, you will begin to see that what is happening to you is just a walk in the park. You will begin to be encouraged to fight on, move on, and carry on. So don’t let a situation get you down. Encourage yourself in the Lord and carry on. You’ve got this!!

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 6, 2020.

But you, O Lord, will sit on your throne forever. Your fame will endure to every generation. Psalm 102:12

Maybe You’ve Heard of Me

I talked to a group of college seniors one day, giving what I thought was sage advice. I told them about things they should look out for on the road ahead, giving tips on interviewing for jobs, and just generally trying to share some sage advice with the next generation. They were very receptive and thankful until they all suddenly had these blank stares on their faces. Realizing that I had lost my audience, I stopped and asked where it was that I lost them. When they told me, I could not have felt older if I was at my 100th birthday party.

It was all going well until I used an example of a person from pop culture that I thought was relevant, but they had absolutely no idea who it was. When I say absolutely, I literally could have been talking about an ancient Chinese character from Elizabethan literature while speaking in perfect ancient Aramaic. They would have had the exact same level of comprehension about what I was saying. What I had run square into was a generation gap. You see, I was talking about someone who used to be famous and important a generation ago, but was unknown now. Their accomplishments and fame of days gone by meant nothing to people of today.

It is amazing how much as a society we embody the question, “What have you done for me lately.” When your accomplishments are in the past, you become a has-been to those in the present. That is what is so amazing about God. He is the same yesterday, today, and forevermore. He will never be a has-been because who God is and what God does is not limited by time or space. He’s the same blessing in the Old Testament, the New Testament, the 1300s, the 1990s, yesterday, today, and tomorrow as well. He never has to worry about not being heard of because He’s heard of throughout all times from generation to generation.

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 5, 2020.

The Lord has made everything for his own purposes, even the wicked for the day of disaster. Proverbs 16:4

God’s Got It

My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? This is not the cry of a backslider or someone who is just going through a hard time. These are the words of Jesus on Good Friday. While he was being crucified Jesus, cried out, wondering what God was doing. Something had gone awry from His position, was out of whack, and had clearly gone completely wrong because this should not be happening. I mention this because we have all been there at one time or another. In our darkest hours, we have all questioned what God was up to if He had forgotten about us and why this was happening. If such thoughts could occur to Jesus, they can certainly occur to us.

Difficult situations will often test our relationship with God. They test if we really mean it when we say things like, “I’m blessed and highly favored.” They test if we really believe that “ God is good all the time, and all the time, God is good.” Difficult situations test if we trust God when we are getting all that we want and when it seems like all is lost. The interesting thing is, none of us are immune to having those moments when we are tried, tested, and have concerns about what God is up to. That is why you have to cement your view of God to not allow your circumstances to change how you see God.

Friends, God is always good. We just don’t always see the whole picture. For most of us, times of testing narrows our view in a way that only allows us to see what we are going through at the time. In those moments, we become so myopic because of what’s happening that we miss that God has a plan and a purpose for everything. So I want to tell you today that if you are in a light place or in a dark place, God still has a plan for you. God has not forgotten you, and He knows what you are going through. What you are going through has a purpose, and God will work it out in the end. Even if it is rough and it seems like God is missing, know for sure that God’s still got 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 3, 2020.

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, decides 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 is 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 with Dr. Daryl L. Williams

A Word every day to get you on your way!

Here is the Daily Dose for Monday,  November 2, 2020.

He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. Psalm 23:2

My Happy Place

As a native of New York City, I am used to noise. I am used to police car sirens at all times of the night. I am used to traffic speeding by and horns honking into the wee hours. I am used to summer block parties that turn into all-night affairs. Noise was the literal soundtrack to my life. It is because of this that I can sleep through almost anything. Thunderstorm, lightning, arguing in the apartment next door, none of it gets in the way of a good night’s sleep for me. While I am used to noise and can sleep through anything, there are times that even I want to get away to somewhere that is a quiet place so that I can actually relax.

While I am used to noise, and it doesn’t bother me, all of us need some peace and quiet from time to time. We were not created to live on “10” at all times. We need someplace where we can go, wind down, disconnect, and be at peace for a little while. This is what the psalmist was talking about when he said, “He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.” Many of us can be so dedicated to our work, our families, and life in general that we forget to take a moment to slow down. It is because of this that God will sometimes make us lie down in a still quiet place. God will make us take some time to just relax, disconnect, and be still. You see, it is in the stillness that we connect with the real us and our God. It is in the stillness that we don’t have to work, perform, or produce and we get to for a few minutes just be. Just be a person. Just be quiet. Just be still. Just be ourselves. Just be all the things that we can’t be in the constant hustle and bustle of a 24-hour connected world.

Friends, when was the last time you were in a green pasture beside still waters? No, I don’t mean the last time you took a vacation. Many of us have turned those into second jobs instead of breaks. What I am talking about is the last time you disconnected and got to your happy place. That place where you turn off the phone, stop thinking about the cares of the world, and just took a minute to be. All of us need to find a happy place. A place where there is stillness, peace, and tranquility where we can just be. All of us need that place where we can escape for a little while. That place where we can connect with ourselves, connect with God, and for a little while, just be. You’re not too busy. You don’t have too much to do. Find some time to get to your happy place.

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, October 30, 2020.

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Isaiah 40:29

Still Going

All of us have seasons when we feel like we are running on empty. We have done all that we can. We have poured out all we have. We have pushed to our limits. Then something happens, and we are asked to give even more. We know we have to do it. We know there is no way out of it. What we don’t know is how we are going to do it. How are we going to keep all the balls in the air? How are we going to keep taking care of everybody? How are we going to manage school, work, and have a personal life? In short, how do we keep going when we are running on empty?

What makes running on empty so difficult is that we feel like we are doing it all ourselves. We feel as if nobody is noticing, nobody care, and certainly, nobody is stepping in to help out. The problem is we are typically wrong. What many of us don’t realize is by the time we notice we are running on empty, we have already been running on empty a long time. We have already been out of gas, barely holding on and pushing the limit. What we don’t notice is that what has kept us going is the Lord supplying strength and power when we are weak. It is the Lord, who has allowed us to get this far, and the Lord who will keep us going as more crops us.

Friends, we all get overwhelmed from time to time. All of us run out of steam and just want the world to stop. Just know in those moments that God’s got you. In those moments, know that you are not in it alone, and someone does care. Know that in those moments, your heavenly Father is holding you up and giving you the strength that you need to get to the other side. There will be times in life when there is more on us than we can bear, but the good news is we are not carrying it alone. God is always supplying the strength when we get weak.

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, October 29, 2020.

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23

Hold On

What do you do when you are in trouble. If we are honest, many of us panic. We freak out and loses our minds, trying to figure out how to settle the situation. The only problem is the more amped up we get, the less likely we are to settle anything down. When we get amped up, we can’t think straight, make bad decisions, and do things that are less than helpful. It is in these situations that we don’t need to think about what we need to do to get out of the problem. What we need to do is think back to what we did before the problem.

What makes someone a believer is what they claim to believe. For those of us who have professed faith in Christ, we have professed that we believe in a Christ that rose from the dead, a God that can handle everything, and a Holy Spirit that empowers us to face any problem. That is what we have to look back to when we face problems, circumstances, and issues that we can’t handle. We don’t need to look at what we did to get in this or what we should do to get out of this. Rather we should be looking back to remember what we believe and hang on to that while we are in this. While you are in the situation, you have to hang on to who you said your god was before the situation came up.

Friends, we will all face challenges in life. We will face insurmountable odds, uncomfortable situations, and challenges that push us to our limits. When that happens, remember, God is faithful. He is not just faithful in good times, but he is also faithful when we are going through it. It is in those times that we have to be faithful to what we professed before. We have to be faithful to believe that God is good. We have to be faithful to know that God can work it out. We have to be faithful to hold onto our faith because we know that God is always faithful to us. So hold on, don’t give up, and know that no matter what, God is always faithful.

Be Blessed,

Rev