The Daily Dose with Dr. Daryl L. Williams

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Here is the Daily Dose for Wednesday, August 28, 2019.

He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Psalm 23:3

As Good As New

I love watching car shows, especially the ones where they restore cars. In these shows either someone will bring them a car that is in disrepair, or they will find one in a garage and start working one it. When the cars show up they are typically in the worst shape imaginable. Many times they are rusted out, may not have an engine, have animals living in them, holes in the body or any kind of malady, but the hosts of the show always says we can fix that. And amazingly enough, every time, before the show is over the car is better than new. It has been restored, updated and is ready for the world again.

The reason I love these shows is because of the before and after shots that they show at the end. They will show side by side shots of the car before the restoration and after the restoration. While the car is shiny and new at the end of the show, the before shots from the beginning of the show are a vivid reminder that it is the same car. No matter what it looks like now, it is the same car that at the beginning of the show looked worthless. It has the same looks, the same curves, the same design, it has just been restored after years of neglect and sometimes abuse, but it is the same car. It just needed some TLC.

Friends, many times our souls are like old cars. We have used them, sometimes abused them and most times haven’t taken very good care of them. They may seem tattered, worn out and not worth too much because of what they have been through, but that is not what God sees. God sees a soul that simply needs to be restored. God sees a soul that with some TLC and some time can be made not just as good as new but better than new. Sometimes in life you may feel tossed aside, forgotten and your soul may be weary, but if you hand it all over to God he will restore your soul, and get you back to who you are supposed to be. So take heart, no matter how bad it has gotten, God is in the restoration business and he can make you as good as new.

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, August 27, 2019.

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

As a native of New York City, I am used to the 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. The 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 is peace and is 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 Monday, August 26, 2019.

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. Psalm 23:1

Day By Day

“I want cookie,” is a very popular refrain in my home. It is what my son says every time he walks into the kitchen and sees the canister of chocolate chip cookies on the counter. It doesn’t matter if he has just eaten, or if it is breakfast time, or if we are actually going to get a cookie. When he sees the cookies he announces, “I want cookie.” From time to time my wife or I will give him a cookie, but when we don’t, let’s just say our son is majorly displeased. He drops to the floor, begins to cry, yell, roll around, and say cookie over and over again. It’s pretty funny most times but we are looking forward to when he can handle not getting his way every time.

You see our son is so focused on the cookie that he doesn’t realize all that he already has. As a child, he doesn’t realize that he has a roof over his head every night, because he is focused on the cookie. He doesn’t realize that he has clothes on his back, clothes in his closet and clothes in the washer because he is focused on the cookie. He doesn’t realize that he doesn’t miss meals, has snacks, and from time to time actually gets the cookie, because at the moment he is focused on the one cookie that he can’t have. He also doesn’t realize that he has parents who love him, would do anything to make sure he has all of his needs met, and who are simply not giving him the cookie right now because he’s doesn’t need another cookie, but he is two years old, so there is plenty that he does not realize just yet.

Friends, many times we are like two-year-olds. We don’t realize that the Lord is our shepherd and has made sure that we have everything we need. We get focused on the one thing that we can’t have and miss that day by day God is meeting all of our needs. We forget all that is constantly around us and provided for us, because we have decided not to focus on all that we do have, but instead we focus on what we don’t have. Sometimes you have to take a look around and see all that the Lord has provided for you. When we do that we begin to realize that God loves us enough to take care of all of our needs and our wants. So today, take a moment to realize that God has blessed you and he continues to take care of you day by day.

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, August 23, 2019.

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 cares, 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 things demand our attention.

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 we need 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 Thursday, August 22, 2019.

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity. Proverbs 17:17

Friends

It has been said, “It’s lonely at the top.” Many of us have taken that to mean that the more you do and the higher you go the fewer people that will be there. We assume that the higher we go the fewer people that can hang on. We also assume that people may not be able to handle our success. Sometimes, we assume that the price of fulfilling our potential is we won’t have anyone to share it with when we arrive. We assume that in the end we will be successful but alone because people won’t be able to handle it. What if we are wrong? What if the reason the actual reason it is lonely at the top is that we chose the wrong friends to begin with.

A real friend is a friend in the high times and the low times. Real friends want you to succeed and want to celebrate you while you’re doing it as well as comfort you in your failures and disappointments. Our real friends become like family, and family never leaves. Family, sticks with you, stays with you, and family is there at the bottom and at the top. If you have the right friends, it will never be lonely at the top because they will be right there with you.

Friends, you can’t do life alone. You need some people who will be there with you in good times and in bad times. You need people who you can trust, and who can trust you. You need friends who you know will be there no matter what. Ultimately, friends are the family you choose. They are the people that you have picked to go on the ride of life with you. So choose wisely. Choose people who can handle you at your worst, but will also be there cheering for you at your best. It can be lonely at the top, but not if you’ve got the right friends.

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, August 21, 2019.

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 lose 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 professed 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

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, August 20, 2019.

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18

Keep Your Eye On The Ball

I have always loved baseball. My guess would be that love was passed down to me from my father and his father before him. My dad and I would watch hours of baseball on the weekend and then go outside and play a little. We would toss the ball back and forth playing catch, but like all little kids what I really wanted to do was hit. I wanted to grab the bat, take a swing and watch the ball fly over the back gate. So my dad would pitch me a couple so that I could pretend to be Reggie Jackson and get my Mr. October on. There was just one small problem, hitting a baseball is hard.

I would get in my stance, wait for my dad to throw me a pitch and then I would swing as hard as I could. Then I would look to see where the ball went. The problem was, the ball was always behind me after the swing. I couldn’t understand what was going wrong. I had seen Reggie Jackson do the same thing over and over, but I wasn’t getting the same results. So I asked my dad what I was doing wrong. As a loving father, he came over and told me exactly what I had done wrong. On the first pitch, I looked away right before I swung because a Corvette drove by and I love Corvettes. On the second swing, a plane flew over so I glanced up to see it fly over us. On my third swing, my eyes were closed as I imagined where I was going to hit the ball. My father’s advice to me, “Son, keep your eye on the ball.”

Friends, too many of us are looking at the wrong things in life. We are looking at all the things around us when we should be paying attention to what is in front of us. I know the world can be distracting. We see things on the news and in our lives that make us have doubts, concerns and lose our focus. I want to encourage you today to keep your eye on the ball. I want to encourage you to fix your eyes on what is eternal not what is temporary. I want to encourage you to remember that the God you can’t see is, always has been, and always will be in control of everything that you do see. So don’t be dismayed and don’t get distracted. Keep your eye on God because he always has his eye on you.

Be Blessed,

Rev