The Daily Dose with Dr. Daryl L. Williams

A word a day to get you on your way!

Here is the Daily Dose for Thursday, April 15, 2021.

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. Psalm 32:8

Good Coaching

If you have ever played organized sports, you know that coaches are always watching. They are watching to make sure you are paying attention. They are watching to make sure you’re not goofing off. Most importantly, they are watching to make sure that you are getting better at your position. This doesn’t only apply to armature sports but is also applies to professional sports. No matter how good you are, the coach is always watching to make you better.

The best coaches are the ones who every day help you to make a little progress. They keep such a close eye on you that they can see the little things you would miss. They see if your body is out of position. They see If your stance isn’t quite right. They also see if there is a way to do something better in a way that never even occurred to you. Then they come and tell you how to do it so you can be your best.

Friends, great coaches aren’t only for sports. Great coaches are for life too. Along with being the ruler of the universe, God also offers to be our coach. If we allow him, God will teach us the way to go in life, teach us how to get better, and always keep his eye on us to make us our best. When we open our hearts to God, we get a coach that is always watching and who will guide us on the right paths in all areas of life. So don’t try to do life alone. The coach is willing to help you be your best.

Be Blessed,

Rev

The Daily Dose with Dr. Daryl L. Williams

A word a day to get you on your way!

Here is the Daily Dose for Wednesday, April 14, 2021.

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

That’s A Promise

I learned how to swim later in life. Being from the city, there were not beach weekends, and backyard pools, so it was a while before I got a chance to learn. To be honest, there was also the fact that I was not exactly excited about the possibility of drowning. But for my 30th birthday, I made the decision that I would learn how to swim. I went to the local rec center, signed up for classes, and then showed up to understand what I did not know what that I had signed up for kiddie lessons.

There I was, good and grown, surrounded by eight-year-olds. Seeing the look of dismay on my face, the rec center director took pity on me. She pulled me out of the class and gave me a personal instructor. I was happy not to be the giant man around the little kids, but I was still not thrilled about this learning to swim project. We went to the pool, and my instructor gave me the speech that got me into the water. He told me, I am six foot two, I’ve been swimming all my life, and I am in Marine ROTC. I promise I will not let you drown. And with that, I got in the pool and learned to swim.

Friends, I tell you this story because we often don’t face our fears and live full lives because we think something is going to happen to us. I met my fear because a Marine in training told me he wouldn’t let anything happen to me. That is the same promise that God makes to us. God promises us that he will never leave us and that he will uphold us. So, no matter what you’re afraid of, know that God will be there to make sure you don’t drown. And that’s a promise.

Be Blessed,

Rev

The Daily Dose with Dr. Daryl L. Williams

A word a day to get you on your way!

Here is the Daily Dose for Tuesday April 13, 2021.

For I, the Lord your God hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.” Isaiah 41:13

 

Hold My Hand

There it was, the grip. I have felt it a million times, but it is thrilling every time. The grip is what happens when my son grabs my finger when walking somewhere. It often happens at random times. Sometimes it happens because we are walking towards an escalator, and he gets excited. Other times it happens because we are in a parking lot, and he knows that when there are cars present, he holds my hand for safety. It doesn’t matter when it happens, but those tiny fingers curled around my finger always makes me feel good.

Part of the reason it feels good when he holds my hand is because I know what it feels like to hold a hand like that. It is how I feel when I am excited or afraid, and I hold God’s hand. In those moments when I need some assurance, or I’m excited, I know I can reach out and grab God’s hand so that I can steady myself and know that everything will be ok. No matter if it is trying to be a good husband, a caring father, make a difference in the world, or get past the passing of a parent, I know that holding God’s hand will make everything better.

Friends, one of the amazing things about God is he will hold your hand. It doesn’t matter if you are excited, terrified, happy, or even sad. God is always willing to hold your hand, and when you hold his hand, it will always make you feel better. So no matter what you are going through, just reach out and hold his hand.

Be Blessed,

Rev   

The Daily Dose with Dr. Daryl L. Williams

Here is the Daily Dose for Monday, April 12, 2021.

And we know that God causes all things to work together for the good
of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans
8:28

 

A Good Bad Day

Have you ever had a bad day? I know I have. A little while ago, I got a call from a friend that my dad wasn’t feeling
well. Like any good son, I decided to go check on him immediately. I stopped
what I was doing and started making plans to get to my dad. That is when everything
started to go wrong. I was going home to pack and got stuck in traffic. The clothes
I thought were in the clean clothes bin were in the dirty clothes bin. I needed
to grab food, but when I got to the sandwich shop to grab something to eat on
the trip, the line was out the door. When I finally got to the train station
and ran upstairs to the platform, I arrived just in time to watch my train pull
off.

As I sat there on the platform, feeling defeated and needing
to rebook my train ticket, I got a call from my cousin. She was at my father’s
house, and he was fine. He’d had a mix-up with his medicine, but all was well
now. I was still planning to get on the next train when my dad got on the phone
and told me, “Stay home. I’m fine.” As I sat there on the platform, relieved,
it occurred to me how many things had to go wrong for me to be there. If there
had been no traffic, my clothes had been clean, and the sandwich shop empty, I would
have been on the train when I got the call telling me not to come. All of the
things that went wrong that day conspired to have the right outcome.

Friends, there are times in life when it seems like the
world is working against you, but maybe it is working for you. Had I gotten my
way that day, I would have been somewhere I didn’t need to be. Because of all the
things that went “wrong,” I wound up with the “right” outcome. Next time it
seems like the world is conspiring against you. Take a step back and take
another look. God will go to great extents to have you in the right place at
the right time. Maybe everything going wrong is God’s way of working everything
out for your benefit.

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 16, 2021.

So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12

Make It Count

Summer vacation used to be the best thing in the world. In New York City, we were out of school from the middle of June until after Labor Day, so there was a lot of fun to be had. Around mid-May, we would begin the countdown until there would be no more teachers, no more books, and all the fun you could have. But a funny thing would happen during the summer. As much as I looked forward to being out of school so I could do whatever I wanted, there were plenty of days that my mother would ask what I had planned for the day, and my response would be, “Nothing.” After months of looking forward to the summer, day after day, I’d do nothing, and then suddenly school would be back in session.

Interestingly many of us live our lives that way now. If someone asks us what we are doing, our response is, “nothing.” What did you do this weekend? “Nothing.” What are you doing tomorrow? “Nothing.” If we are honest, we aren’t really doing nothing, but we are often doing nothing that matters. We are twiddling our thumbs, scrolling social media, and just watching the days go by. The problem is, every day is a day that we will never get again. If we don’t do anything with it, we will one day look back and wish we had.

Friends, I don’t want you to be a workaholic, but I do want you to make the most of every day. The word of God teaches us to number our days so that we will have a heart of wisdom. In other words, use every day wisely because you are only going to have so many. So I want to encourage you to make every day count. If it is a workday, make it count. If it is a planning day, make it count. If it is a rest day, get all the rest and relaxation you can. Never let a day go to waste because that is a day you will never get back. So make up your mind every day to make it count.

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 15, 2021.

A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1

 

Choose Wisely

Have you ever noticed that you speak differently when you think first? Back when we used to go to stores in mass, I remember a woman running into me with her cart. She wasn’t paying attention to where she was going, and we had quite the little brush into each other. She looked up and immediately went off. She started fussing, scolding, and almost got to a cuss when she looked up. Then she sheepishly said, “Oh, God. Rev. Williams.” She then started to apologize profusely. I told her it was OK, gave her a hug and went on with my shopping.

The encounter really made me think, though. Before she knew who it was, she was willing to go all-in on an argument. When she saw who it was, she was embarrassed about what she was saying. The problem is I’m not anybody special, she just recognized that she knew me, and it changed what she said. It got me wondering how many times I had been on the other end of that kind of exchange. How many times had I gone off in the moment and not realized that I was talking to someone special? How many times did I choose the violence of words as opposed to the comfort of words?

Friends, every day we are bumping into, and taking with, special people. They may not be pastors or potentates, but they are special. They are someone’s mother, someone’s father, someone’s sister or brother. No matter what, they are someone made in the image of God. How different would the world be if we treated everyone as if they were special? If we treated everyone as if we recognized them. Day by day, we get to choose our words and our reactions. We can choose comfort and kindness, or we can choose harshness and violence. Either way, we should choose wisely.

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 10, 2021.

Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her. Luke 1:45

Trust Issues?

I have a love affair with cars. Since my dad gave me my first Matchbox collectible, I have been completely and totally hooked on cars. I have had model cars, puzzles of cars, remote control cars, and pedal cars until I worked my way up to my first actual car. I was so excited to finally have a car, which means I made all the first-time car buyer mistakes. I was enamored with the car’s looks, the stereo system, and I had a salesman that told me all the great things about the car. As you can imagine, I was more than ready to sign on the dotted line and take possession of my new ride. Plus, the salesman had told me that they stood behind all of their cars, so I had nothing to worry about.

Needless to say, not long after taking possession of the car, I found out that it was not all that it was cracked up to be. There were problems with the starter, issues with the brakes, and let’s not even begin to discuss the transmission. So I went back to have the car fixed because they stood behind all of their cars. What I found out was that they stood way behind their cars. As a matter of fact, they stood so far behind their cars that it took a call from my “attorney” to get all of the things fixed that they knew were wrong when they sold it to me. It is because of experiences like this that many of us have trust issues.

We have believed people who didn’t tell us the truth that we all can have trust issues from time to time. We are not sure who we should and should not believe, so we can drift into not believing anyone. If that happens long enough, it can even affect our ability to believe anyone, even God. Friends, no matter what else has happened, you can always believe God. God is not a man, so he does not lie. What he says, he means, and it comes to pass. So when you hear a promise from God, you can believe it. You can believe it because he has a perfect track record of standing by his word. Just look at all he’s already done in your life, and you know he can, and will, come through.

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 3, 2021.

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23

Holding On

I have a confession to make. I am a fan of the New York Knicks. I have been a fan of the New York Knicks since I was a child. This means that I am acutely aware of and in tune with what it means to lose and lose a lot. You see, my beloved Knicks have not won a championship in my lifetime. As a matter of fact, in the last twenty years, the Knicks have missed the playoffs more than they have made the playoffs. On those rare occasions when the Knicks have made the playoffs, they have won a total of one, yes, one round of playoff games. So, the question that I am asked all the time is, why am I still a Knicks fan.

I am still a Knicks fan because I made a decision to be a Knicks fan. I decided that in good times and in bad times, I would support my hometown team. I made a decision that even if they disappoint me from time to time, there have been times that the Knicks made me feel great about being a fan. Yes, they drive me crazy. Yes, they are currently a laughing stock. No, we can’t attract free agents. No, the owner is not selling the team. None of this matters to me because I am a fan, and I am still holding out hope that the Knicks will live up to the faith that I have put in them one day.

Friends, many of us have supported losing teams in our lives. We have been on the wrong side of games and had our hopes crushed over and over, but we still hold out hope for those teams. In these times, I want to remind you to hold onto your hope and faith in God. Trying times can make us want to give up on God and wonder if our faith is misplaced. I want you to remember in these times that this is the same God of the good times as well. This is the same God that has brought us out, brought us through, and brought us over, time and time again. So don’t give up now. Don’t lose hope in your confession of faith. What we know for sure is our teams may let us down, but our God is always faithful and always comes through.

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 2, 2021.

The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making the wise simple. Psalm 19:7

Some Assembly Required 

After I became a parent, I realized that grandparents are both lovely people and also the enemy. Sure, they seem sweet and nice, but these people mean you no good as a parent. Sure they are great for advice and free babysitting, but we don’t realize it is all an elaborate rouse. Sure they love you, and they love your child, but these people are out for revenge. Being a grandparent is their opportunity to pay you back for everything you did wrong as a child, and they do it in the form of gifts.

If you are a parent, you know grandparents love to send gifts. Their favorite gifts come with three words, some assembly required. This is an act of violence. You would think “some assembly required” meant that you pop a couple of pieces together, and you are done. Some assembly required actually means that you will get a box of parts, a bag of screws, hundreds of stickers, and tiny instructions that are never quite clear for how to put it all together. You then spend hours trying to get it just right or right enough to let your child play with it. Then you send pictures of your child playing with the device to those grandparents who have great joy and a good laugh. By the way, their joy is in seeing their grandchild. Their laughter is at your expense for having spent hours putting that thing together.

Luckily for us, God does take a different approach. All of our lives come with some assembly required. We have to assemble the pieces that will lead us to joy, peace, and fulfillment, but God gives us clear instructions. Unlike toymakers, God’s instructions are clear and concise, leading to rejuvenation, not frustration. So are you go through the day, and as you put your life together, remember the Lord’s instructions are clear and trustworthy. They will put together the life that he promised you, even if it comes with some assembly required.

Be Blessed,

Rev

The Daily Dose with Dr. Daryl L. Williams

Hey everybody. Earlier today, you got an old edition of the Daily Dose. My apologies. I sent out the wrong one while editing for a different project. Below is Daily Dose that was intended for today. But if the first one blessed you, all the better!

Have a great day!

Rev 

A Word every day to get you on your way!

Here is the Daily Dose for Monday, March 1, 2021.

See, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh; is there anything too hard for me? Jeremiah 32:27

Confidence

There is a date that lives in infamy for all fans of the Kansas City Chiefs. That date is January 5, 2014. That is the day that the Kansas City Chiefs played the Indianapolis Colts in the wildcard round of the NFL playoffs. The date lives in infamy because it was on that date that the Colts erased a 28 point second-half deficit to defeat the Chiefs 45 to 44 and move to the next round of the playoffs. It was one of the largest comebacks in playoff history, but the outcome was never in doubt. At least to Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.

Colts teammates fondly recall that as they were losing, their quarterback never seemed down. He was walking along the sidelines smiling, cheering people up, and confidently telling them, “Don’t worry, we’re going to win.” There was no objective reason to believe that they would win when Luck was saying this, but somehow he kept believing it, and so did his teammates. Little by little, they kept believing, kept clawing their way back, and eventually pulled out the win. After that, the team never doubted what Luck said again.

Friends, there is a funny thing about confidence, where you put it matters. Too many times, we have misplaced our confidence and been disappointed by the results. We believed in people and things that simply did not deliver. But when you put your confidence in the right place, all you have to do is keep believing, and everything will turn out fine. I know you’re asking, what place is that. Well, it certainly isn’t Andrew Luck. He’s retired now. I want you to place your confidence in God. God will never abandon you, never let you down, and will always come through. No matter what you are dealing with, nothing is too hard for God. He will come through.

Be Blessed,

Rev