Growing up, parents taught some valuable lessons that will be used throughout our life. Most lessons were geared around being responsible. The more you grow, you learn that no more matter how many situations you’re faced with, the message always remains the same. Whatever season you are faced with, we all have something that we are held accountable. No matter what it is, you have a responsibility to share in something greater than yourself.
I remember being given the task of working with an organization that would provide mentorship to young people. This was a vast assignment where midway through I did not know if I could handle it. For some reason all the negative thoughts started rolling through my head about everything that was wrong with the program. Although this is what I wanted to do, it seemed like I was being punished. All I could hear were my parents voices saying, “If you want something, you have to work for it.” Another thing I remembered was all the suffering that Jesus had to endure. The road to greatness is never easy. One thing I knew is that I could not give up on those young people. Moreover, this scripture summed it up for me.
Arise, for this matter is your responsibility. We also are with you. Be of good courage, and do it.” Ezra 10:4 (NKJV)
Just like any task it may not be easy, but it’s not about how you start, it’s how you finish. We too are responsible for our actions by taking heed in the message we are conveying to others. Don’t fret because this is a test I try to win daily. This is something I realized I can not do on my own. Similar to my assignment with the young people, I had to take my focus off the problem and turn to the strength given to me to finish the task. Each day I encountered a new trial, but I had to find a way to turn it around.
Like myself, I know that there are others who are faced with dilemmas in life that make you want to throw in the towel. I want to remind you that there are other stories that are probably worse than yours to remind you that you have a responsiblity. That is not for yourself, but to one who listens to you and provides for you. When you remind yourself to take this approach for your next situation, try it and don’t throw in the towel.
This weekend I went to help out my Mother-in-law as she was one whose house was affected by the recent flood. With all that had transpired, it brought back memories of Hurricane Katrina. Even though I was not directly affected, I was grateful to have a place for my family members to be housed. Coincidentally, that same house that provided shelter for Katrina flooded recently. With that, I was glad to see the outpour of love that came to my Mother-in-law who helped my family out before. God is so good because his grace is forever sufficient. He will come right on time.
One of my songs during this season has been “Overflow” by Bryan Andrew Wilson, which is simply asking our Lord God to rain down his love, grace and spirit. This song reminds you that we have a God who is so powerful that His love, grace, and spirit can overflow everywhere at the same time. How awesome is this! Anyone that has been affected by disaster or whatever the case maybe just know God knows. He has not forgotten about you. Just be still and know He is God. He may not come when we want Him to, but He is always on time.
During your quiet time, find your favorite song, and just sing to Him. Take these few words to start, and let Him speak to you, “Overflow, let your spirit overflow. Shower me with your love. Shower me with your grace. Shower me with your spirit. Fill this place. Fill this place.” Use any song that you choose that speaks to you. So I challenge you to find your song that gives you what you need to get through. Let it be your theme song during your season, and watch how He can use the song to minister to you.
Watching the Olympic games this week brought a lot of intense emotions. Each day brought on so much-anticipated reaction to a much-needed win. So much has happened in our nation. It is times like these that bring a nation together.
Seeing some of the same athletes from the previous games gave some sign of what was to come. Going for the Gold! These athletes came prepared ready to bring it home for TEAM USA. Whether it was their first time or not, they have had a prerequisite of what to expect before the real deal.
Just like the athletes we have seen displayed on our televisions, we don’t forget how much these people have made us proud to be Americans. We all have our differences, but at the end of the day we stay stronger together. Over the years we have faced many storms of life that tried to tear down this nation of ours, but we stay resilient.
Never forget the story, because the people who played a role all brought a message to lean on.
We’ve made it to the start of another school year. Wow does time go by so fast when you’re having fun. For some, long mornings to sleep like you’re on vacation everyday. While others take in a few summer classes or a job. Whatever the situation, it was different than your typical Monday through Friday that occur during August to June. Getting prepared for the school year rears you into shopping, doctors visits and last minute school paperwork. It is one of those things that reminds you the job is never finished. When the bell sounds we get back in the groove of things.
I believe when we’re starting an assignment we are equipped to handle everything that comes our way, eventhough we may not look forward to it. I remember when starting school it was a rush of emotions because of the preparation involved. Being excited to see friends, but not too excited to hit the books. As I got older, the preparation was still a rush of emotions, but later feelings turned to accomplishing the next mission. What a huge deviation?! Regardless, it came over time just how our relationship with God develops over time.
We are all on a mission to fulfull our purpose. Each one is different, but it’s for the greater good. I hope that regardless what task is presented to us that we run our race and don’t let it run us. The bible says in Ecclesiastes 9:11,
The race is not to the swift, Nor the battle to the strong, Nor bread to the wise, Nor riches to men of understanding, Nor favor to men of skill; But time and chance happen to them all.
When in doubt, confused, disappointed, discouraged or just feeling overwhelmed, just pray and stand still and watch God move. He will direct your path even when the bell sounds.