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, May 26, 2020.

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you because he trusts in you. Isaiah 26:3

Concentrate

When I was a teen my aunt gifted me with driving lessons for Christmas right after my sixteenth birthday. I couldn’t be more excited to hit the streets and learn how to drive. My driving instructor, Mr. Janiski was a kind and patient man who said he had one assignment with me. He told me his assignment was not to teach me how to drive, it was to teach me how to pass my driver’s test. So we spent the bulk of our time not on the highways or practicing my “k” turns, or even negotiating left turns in traffic. Mr. Janiski told me most people who fail their driving test fail because they don’t parallel park well.

You see in New York, there was one rule with your driving road test, don’t hit the curb. If you hit the curb when you parallel park it was an automatic fail. So Mr. Janiski and I spent hours making sure I knew exactly how to parallel park. I had gotten so good at it that I was able to do it with one hand, on the left or right side of the car. On my final lesson before my driver’s test, I wasn’t paying attention and committed the cardinal sin. I was parking and hit the curb. Mr. Janiski looked me in the eyes and said, “You just failed.” I realized that I had gotten so confident in what I could do that I had stopped concentrating on what I had been taught. So the next day, I humbly took my test, and when it came time to parallel park, I blocked out all distractions and decided to concentrate on what I was taught.

Friends, it is easy to let your mind wander. There are times when our minds wander because we are overconfident and are not concentrating on what we are doing because we think we have it. There are also times when our minds wander because we are frightened, worried, or frustrated by things that are beyond our control. Any of these cases has the potential to make you miss out on things in life simply because you were not paying close enough attention. To get all that God has for you, you have to focus your thought and concentrate on him at all times. When we keep our thoughts on the Lord we are given perfect peace because we know that in God there is no failure and we will always succeed with him as our focus. So make sure as you go through the day that you concentrate so that you don’t fail.

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, May 25, 2020.

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Psalm 139:23

Out Of Control

When I was in banking, I was lucky enough to be chosen to meet with the CEO of the bank. He wanted to get the insights and thoughts of some of the younger professionals at the firm to better understand how we were getting along early in our careers. When I was first told that I would be one of the people to have one of these sit-downs with the CEO, I was incredibly excited. Then that excitement turned into dread. People were asking me all kinds of questions every day. What are you going to say? What are you going to wear? Have you done the research to know what to talk to him about? You do know this is a make or break moment for your career? What was supposed to be a nice sit down had turned into Armageddon, at least in my mind.

I had become so anxious about this meeting that I couldn’t eat, couldn’t sleep, and was worried all the time. The funny thing is, all I was being asked to do is talk about my experiences. It didn’t take any planning or research, just talking. But in my mind, with the help of others, I had created enough anxiety that my blessing had turned into a curse. The very thing that I wanted was now torturing me day by day. On the day of the meeting, I was so stressed that my mouth was dry, my head was racing, and my hands were shaking. Interestingly, in the meeting, the CEO was kind, attentive and we had a great time just chatting. He even invited me back for lunch to discuss my future. It was nothing like what I have made up in my head.

Friends, many of us are losing days, losing sleep, and stressed out about things that simply don’t exist. When we are anxious, we are giving away the present for a future that we can neither predict or control. As opposed to thinking of the best that can happen, we are torturing ourselves with worst-case scenarios. That is simply a waste of time and energy. As followers of Jesus, we aren’t called to be anxious or worried. We are called to have abundant lives daily. So when you start to feel anxiety, simply refer to Psalm 139:23. Ask the Lord to search you and take away your anxious thoughts. That way, you can enjoy life day by day, instead of worrying about a future that only God can control.

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, May 22, 2020.

Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against the house; yet it did not fall, because it had it foundation on the rock. Matthew 7:24-25

Still Standing

One of the things on my bucket list is to travel the world and see the 10 oldest castles. Maybe I have watched too much Game of Thrones, but I really want to go tour old castles to see what they are like. The oldest known castle still standing is the Citadel of Aleppo in Aleppo, Syria. Constructed in 3000 BCE, the Citadel of Aleppo has lasted for over 5000 years and still stands today. The Citadel of Aleppo has survived storms, winds, wars, and all manner of disaster yet is still standing. Now, of course, the Citadel of Aleppo is not undamaged. It was greatly damaged during the Syrian Civil War, yet the foundation and many of the walls still stand today.

What fascinates me about old castles is the fact that they are still there. They have survived any number of things, but are still standing. When these structures were built, there were no computers, no heavy equipment, or any of the other modern things we use to build, yet the buildings are still there. But that is not what fascinates me the most about these structures. I want to see the land beneath them. I want to see what the composition of the earth that sits beneath these structures is like. You see, the buildings are well built, but the ground that they are standing on has had to hold those structures up for centuries.

Friends, what you build your life on matters. When you build your life on the word of God, it will weather the storm. The word of God is solid, so it does not erode or wash away. It does not shift with the tides or move when times are hard. It is strong enough to hold whatever you build on it. So as you continue to build your life, make sure you are building on something strong enough to hold you up both now and in the times to come.

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, May 21, 2020.

Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. Psalm 127:1

General Contractor

I have been a part of a lot of building projects in my lifetime. I have been involved with the building of high rise buildings, dormitories, churches, homes, and everything in between. I have seen it from all sides. I’ve been on the buying side, the selling side, the finance side, and the owner’s side. What I have found is no matter what side you are on, there are a lot of moving pieces. There are financial pieces to watch, legal and regulatory pieces to manage, people pieces to massage, and all manner of details that have to be planned, adhered to, and completed to build something correctly. With all of the moving pieces, there is one person charged with watching all of it, the general contractor.

The general contractor is the person charged with making sure all of the pieces come together. The general contractor has to know and understand the plans, know what everything is supposed to look like when it is done, and interface with all of the people in each of the moving pieces. The general contractor has to know the plans, the financing, understand the legal and regulatory issues, keep the owner happy, and hire all the sub-contractors that will be used to make the project complete. It is the general contractor who signs every document, processes every check, works with all the personnel, and ultimately is the person whose name is on the line for the success or failure of the project.

Friends, your life will rise and fall on the quality of your general contractor. Too many times, we think we can be our own general contractor. We are under the impression that we can do the design, know that needs to be done, get our own financing, attract the right people, and then manage all the moving pieces of our lives ourselves. We assume that with enough hustle and enough ambition, we can make it all work. The problem is, that isn’t your job. When you are trying to do all the jobs, you will be up all night working and never make any headway because you can’t do it all. You need a general contractor if you are ever going to get the job done. Allow me to recommend the Lord as your general contractor. He sees everything, knows everything, and can do everything. He can handle the finances, the regulations, and send all the personnel you need to build the life you want. So take a step back and hand it over to the general contractor, that way you can finally get the job done.

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, May 20, 2020.

For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Luke 14:28

That’s Expensive

House hunting is the most nerve-wracking and fun experience ever. When my wife and I decided to go house hunting, we assumed it would be like an episode of House Hunters. On House Hunters, house buying is simple. You hire a charming real estate agent, and they show you three houses that are similar but different. One is something your spouse likes, one is something you like, and the last one is some level of compromise. You then go have lunch, pick between the three houses and live happily ever after. That is so not the case. After looking at no less than 75 different houses, we finally decided to go to a new home site and just build from scratch.

So off we went to a development that we had seen a thousand times. The homes started at a price point that we thought was doable, and then we saw what starting at means. We went on a great tour of the model home if the floor plan we liked. It was awesome, but the salesperson kept pointing to things and telling us that it was an upgrade. All the things that we liked, all the shiny toys, all the things that made the home unique, were all upgrades. My wife, being the person that she is, asked the salesperson to take us to a base model home. We drove across the development and saw what the starting price, with no upgrades, got us. It got us the basics, just the basics. So after seeing the basics and the cost of all the upgrades, we kept looking elsewhere.

Friends, in life you are going to have to decide two things: 1) what do you want and 2) what are you willing to pay for what you want. None of us have ever set out to have a basic life. We want to have a life that is meaningful, fulfilling, and impactful on others. The problem is that type of energy will cost you. It will cost you laziness, selfishness, a lot of long days, and a bunch of sleepless nights, but in the end, you will have the life that you wanted. So take some time, count the cost, and start building.

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, May 19, 2020.

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it might benefit those who listen. Ephesians 4:29

Eavesdropping

One of the most uncomfortable flights I have ever been on was from Denver to Seattle. It started off as a great flight. I had an exit row, my devices were fully charged, and we were running on time. Everything changed as my seatmates arrived. It was a husband and wife, and to say they were having a bad day is the understatement of the year. They were polite when they sat down, but that quickly faded after take-off. I suppose they forgot that they were on a crowded plane and started telling all their business. Before that flight was over, I knew all types of stuff that I didn’t need to know. I was shocked, horrified, and, to be honest amazed.

Often in life, we are being watched and overheard. It is not that people are nosy, or getting into our business, we simply are not invisible, and people can hear us. That couple forgot that I could hear all their business. They forgot that I could not only hear what they were talking about but also how they were talking to each other. I could hear if they had love in their voice or if they had contempt in their voice. I could hear if they were whispering sweet nothings to each other or if they were cussing like the cast of Jerry Springer. It was all there on display. When we exited the flight and were at baggage claim, a funny thing happened. I was being picked up by the people who were hosting me, so they had a sign that said Rev. Williams to identify themselves to me. The husband saw me and whispered to his wife, “Do you think he heard us?”

Friends, believe it or not, people are listening to us. When we as believers are out and about people are listening and watching us. What are we saying it the question? Does the cross around our neck speak louder than the way we talked to the clerk at the store? Does the “Jesus is my co-pilot” bumper sticker speak louder than the “hi sign”  you gave the person who cut you off in traffic. Our actions as believers may be the only thing that someone who is struggling with faith sees. Our actions and our speech may be the difference between them trying to get closer to God, or deciding to never set foot into a house of worship. I know it is a lot, but we have to watch what we say and do because people are eavesdropping.

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, May 18, 2020.

Therefore, encourage one another to build one another up, just as you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Kid Gloves

“You look amazing, princess!” This was the response of one of my buddies as his daughter came bounding down the stairs in their home, yelling daddy how do I look. He didn’t blink. He didn’t hesitate. He just told her she looked terrific. Now while she is an adorable child, at the time, she was wearing one rain boot, one sandal, a pink tutu, and a police costume top. In reality, she looked crazy, but who would tell a child that? You don’t want to hurt their feelings, and you want to encourage them to explore their creative impulses. So you tell them they look amazing to build them up in a world that may not always see the best in them.  Any of us would have done the same thing.

The funny thing is, at some point, we stop doing it. I’m not sure when exactly it happens, but at some point, instead of building each other up with our words, we start tearing each other down. We stop seeing that little girl who is being expressive and that little boy who we want to encourage, and we start just throwing words around recklessly.  Those reckless words are the ones that tear down self-esteem, sow seeds of depression, and have launched millions of side-eyes that will never be straight eyes again.

Friends, no matter if someone is 5 or 55, they need our encouragement. We all need someone to see the best in us and speak to that part of us. We need someone to tell us that we look great when we don’t. We need someone to tell us that we have good ideas after we have made a mistake. In short, sometimes we just need someone to treat us with kid gloves. So take some time to encourage someone. Take some time to see the little kid who they used to be and encourage that little one to keep going. You never know, one day you may need someone to encourage you too.

Be Blessed,

Rev