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, October 22, 2019.

I have told you these things so that you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33

Good News and Bad News

If you have had more than three jobs in your lifetime, you know the difference between a good boss and a bad boss. A bad boss is the one that drives you crazy, makes you want to not come into the office, and keeps you looking for a new job. A good boss is the one that drives you crazy but also reminds you that you are all on the same side, trying to accomplish the same goals and tries to make the job a place you don’t mind coming to. One of my favorite bosses was great because she hated bad news. She never wanted to get it, and she certainly didn’t want to deliver it. It was because she hated bad news that she came up with what she called the high note system

The high note system was as simple as it was wonderful. Simply put she never wanted to leave anything on a low note. If there was bad news, she always would deliver it and then talk about the bright side or the next opportunity, so that we didn’t dwell on the bad, but ended on a high note. This high note system was also how she wanted us to deliver information to her. She never ignored bad news, but when it had to be delivered, it was our job, and hers, to find the upside, the next opportunity, or the way forward that didn’t let us dwell on what was negative but to move forward to the positive.

Over time I came to realize that my boss had not come up with this system on her own. I am pretty sure she got it from the Lord. Jesus was never pie in the sky while he walked the earth. He pointed the good, the bad and the ugly of life when he saw it, but he never let people dwell there. He wanted his disciples to see the realities of situations but to never dwell on the negative but to move towards the positive. Even today, Jesus reminds us that there may be trouble in the world but that we should not be discouraged. We should not let the problems of the world get us down, knock us out or hold us back. No matter what the world is throwing at you, don’t dwell on it or stay in it because no matter what the world throws at you our Savior has overcome the world.

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, October 21, 2019.

Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Romans 10:13

Access Granted 

There is nothing like an HBCU homecoming. No matter which school you went to, you can make an argument for why your school’s homecoming is better than everyone else’s homecoming. No matter if you went to Howard, Hampton, FAMU, or Morehouse (where the actual best homecoming actually is) you can make the argument that your homecoming is the best of them all. What is interesting is that all HBCU homecomings have a few things in common. There will be a day on the yard where everyone catches up. There will be both a concert for the current students and the “old heads.” There will be a step show, a fashion show, and a football game that serves as a pretense for the battle of the bands. But most importantly there will be more parties than any one person can go to and still go back to work on the Monday after homecoming.

What all of the parties will have in common no matter where they are, who is hosting them, or what is being “celebrated” is that they will have a VIP section. The VIP section is the party within the party. It is the place behind the velvet rope where the true “celebrities” mix and mingle. What makes the VIP section great is its exclusivity. You either have to be somebody, know somebody or pay somebody to get into the VIP section. It separates the haves from the have nots, the good from the great and has the best angles for your Instagram shots announcing that you were at homecoming. It is where everyone wants to be, but most people never get in.

Friends, I have been in my share of VIP sections and I can tell you it is nice, but it has nothing on the presence of the Lord. You see the VIP makes you feel better because you made your way in, the presence of the Lord makes you feel better because you know you don’t deserve to be in. You know that there was nobody that could get you in, no way to buy your way in and no amount of good deeds are enough for you to deserve your way into the presence of the Lord. What gets you into the presence of the Lord is simply calling on His name. When we call in the name of the Lord we are granted access to fullness of life, wholeness of spirit and the everlasting joy that only comes from being in His presence. So don’t worry if you have never had the connections to get into the VIP section of homecoming. One day there will be a great homecoming that will even put GHOE* to shame and you will already have access granted if you have just called on his name.

Be Blessed,

Rev

 

*GHOE is the ridiculous name that North Carolina A&T calls their homecoming. 

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 18, 2019.

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6

I’m Not Done Yet

If you walk through my home, you will find the remains for my “projects.” My projects are the things that I started working on but never quite finished. There are half put together barstools in the basement. There is a three quarters built classic car model sitting on a shelf somewhere. There are shelves in the garage that are not quite completed waiting for me to get back to them and hang them in their rightful place. It is not that I don’t want to finish these projects, but something always comes up; another project captures my attention, and what was once a priority somehow becomes a side note, and then another thing waiting for me to come back to it.

What I have realized is that the middle of a project is always the hard part of the project. In the beginning, there is the excitement of the new adventure. You get to unbox something, maybe use some new tools, and all of the excitement is right there. But a couple of hours or a couple of days into the project, the box is open the tools are used, and there are still parts everywhere. So you take a break, and when you come back you no longer have the excitement of the new project, so you start a new, new project and promise to get back to the old, new project. The issue becomes that running from a new project to another new project never leaves any project finished. I am so glad God is not like us.

Friends, one of the great things about God is, God finishes what he starts. Sometimes we can feel like an incomplete project and wonder where God is. We can feel as if we are half done, not finished and have been case aside; rest assured you are not any of those things. God has invested in you and does not walk away in the middle of anything. There are times that God seems like He is not doing anything, but those are often the times that God is preparing us and giving us the rest we will need for what is ahead. So never think God has walked away. God always finishes what he starts, and he has not bought you this far to leave you unfinished. So the next time you feel like an incomplete project know that there is a voice in heaven crying out to remind you, “I’m not done yet.”

Be Blessed,

Rev

 

The Daily Dose with Dr. Daryl L. Williams

Here is the Daily Dose for Thursday, October 17, 2019.

Sensible people keep their eyes on wisdom, but a fool’s eye wanders to the end of the earth. Proverbs 16:24

Stay Focused

One of my favorite places on earth was the ESPN Sports Zone. The Sports Zone was a chain of restaurants sponsored by the ESPN that were set up to be the ultimate man cave. They had tables that were set up like couches and lounge chairs, pretty good food, but most important was the wall of televisions. All of the tables in the Sports Zone were oriented towards the back wall, and the back wall was all giant televisions. On the screens were every live sporting event going on at the time. So you could sit and look from screen to screen and never miss a single thing going on in sports while you had great food. It was a paradise on earth until it wasn’t.

One day I took a date to the Sports Zone. It was awesome except for one thing; my date hated it. She liked sports, so I assumed she would love the Sports Zone, and I could not have been more wrong. It started fine enough until she tapped me on the arm and said, “I’m over here.” You see, I was caught up on the wall of televisions, and the Sports Center update and my food and occasionally said something to her about the game, but it seems that was not what she had in mind for a date. She wanted me to be focused on her, not her and six different college basketball games simultaneously. So what I thought would be a long afternoon of sports and food turned into a short afternoon of sports and food and a long walk in the park where there would be nothing to distract me from her. (For the record: Her idea. I wanted to finish watching the games.)

I learned that day what you decide to keep your eye on matters. In a world full of things competing for our attention we have to make the decision where we will focus our attention. We get to decide if we will focus on the things that build us up, make us better and really matter in life or will we be distracted with the things that don’t matter but keep popping up and grabbing for our attention? When we decide to give something our attention, we are giving that thing precious time that can’t be replaced, energy that can’t be replicated and moments that we will never get back. So make sure that you focus your attention on the important things because you might not get that moment back again.

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 16, 2019.

If you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! John 15:7

Keep The Connection

I remember the early days of the internet. Like most people, I had an America Online account. I would unplug the line from the phone and plug it into my computer and “dial-up” to the AOL servers. I’d listen for the crackles, buzzes, and squeaks of early dial-up and wait for those glorious words, “You’ve got mail.” Later on, as the internet evolved I got high-speed internet and didn’t need the phone line anymore. I could just plug in my ethernet cord, and I was up and running with a faster connection. Then came the breakthrough that would change my life forever, WiFi.

WiFi allowed you to have an internet connection on the go. No longer did you need to be plugged into a wall, you could be connected anywhere, sort of.  While WiFi is ubiquitous now that was not always the case. In the early days of WiFi, you needed a WiFi-enabled computer, which was an upgrade from the normal computer, and you needed to be in what was called an internet hot spot. A hot spot was a place where a WiFi connection was available, but you had to stay in that spot. If you went too far away first your connection would get unstable, and then you would lose connection altogether. So you had to stand very still in a very specific place to have a high-speed connection to all that the world wide web had to offer because only in that spot did you have the connection you needed to get all that you wanted. But now things have evolved again, and you can get an over the air high-speed WiFi connection almost anywhere you go, even at 35,000 feet.

Friends, like WiFi the Lord wants to have a constant connection with you because you can’t do anything disconnected. You see, the expansion of internet access was because we needed it to do more and more things in life. In the same way, we need access and connection to the Lord because we need hin for EVERYTHING in life. When we stay connected to the Lord he promises that what we ask of him will be granted to us. So no matter what you do, make sure you keep connected or else you may find yourself wandering through life looking for a signal

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, October 15, 2019.

Keep this book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Joshua 1:8

The Playbook

Here is your playbook. Make sure you know every page of it by the end of the week. And whatever you do, don’t lose it. These were the first words said to me by my high school football coach as he handed me a blue binder with page after page of football plays in it. As I rode home on the subway, I thumbed through the book and realized there was a lot to know in this book. There were running plays, passing plays, special teams formations, audibles, motions, and that was only the offensive section. Just as long and detailed was the defensive section. There was no way he wanted me to “know” all of this by the end of the week.

The end of the week came, and needless to say, I didn’t know the playbook. I knew a few bits and pieces here and there, but not all of it. So when practice began I did what any teenager would do, I faked it. The first couple of plays went well, but it wouldn’t last. First I lined up on the wrong side. Then I missed a motion shift in the formation. By the third mistake, the coach called me over and asked me the question I was dreading all week, “Did you learn the playbook like I told you too?” My response, “I read the playbook.” He gave me a playbook and told me to sit on the sideline and learn it, and until I did, there was no reason for me to put on pads because I wasn’t ready to be in the game. So I spent every minute that I was not studying or in class and a couple of minutes when I was in class, learning the playbook so I could get back in the game.

Friends, if you don’t know the playbook you can’t expect to win the game. For the believer, the Bible is our playbook for the game of life. It gives us the instructions that we need for any situation that we may face, but it does us no good if we don’t study it. We have to put in the time, so we are not guessing when we face trials, adversity, triumphs, and challenges, but rather, we know exactly which play to run. When we are running God’s plays, success comes easily because when we follow God’s plan our success is assured. So take some time every day to not just read the word, but to study the word so that the next time you’re supposed to run the play you will know excactly what you should 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 Monday, October 14, 2019.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and mighty in His power. Ephesians 6:10

Secret Strength

Before he started selling amazing chicken sandwiches, Popeye was just a humble sailor, man. He had a girlfriend named Olive Oil, a buddy named Wimpy, who loved hamburgers and a nemesis named Bluto, who was competing with him for the love of Olive Oil. Popeye was a happy go lucky guy, but he was relatively small. Olive Oil was taller than him. Wimpy was bigger than him. Bluto was bigger and taller than him. Popeye being the shortest and smallest person in his group of friends making him seem the least powerful. Because of his size, Popeye was always getting into fights with Bluto. Bluto was bigger and stronger so he assumed that he could simply take what he wanted from Popeye. Bluto was wrong.

What Bluto did not realize was that Popeye had a secret. Even though Popeye was smaller than everyone else, his power did not rest in his size. Popeye’s strength was actually attached to eating spinach. When Popeye ate some spinach he would become the strongest man on earth. This never worked out well for Bluto. You see, Bluto would pick on Popeye, typically get him into a bad situation, and think he had him right where he wanted him. But when Popeye got some spinach he would turn the tables, beat up Bluto, and continue with his life.

Friends, I wanted to remind you of Popeye because many times, we look at our external circumstances and begin to feel small. We feel like the enemy has us on the run because he is bigger and stronger and seems to be winning. The problem is we haven’t tapped into our secret source of strength. Our secret source of strength is the might and power of the Lord. When we tap into the power of God, no matter our size or strength we become mighty and powerful in Him. So today, if the Blutos of life come after you, tap into the strength of the Lord and use his power so you can let the enemy know where the power really is.

Be Blessed,

Rev