I’d say it’s the story of my life if it weren’t so cliche’ but the honest truth is that I’ve spent a good bit of my adulthood rushing into ideas to get them started. Sometimes I credited God with the idea especially lately, but it seems that the lesson of “wait on Me” is certainly one that will take a lot of time to learn.
What happens so often is I get an “inkling” of an idea. I feel like God is leading me here, then I take off and run headfirst into the idea, usually without a plan. It really wasn’t until Heroic Event that I really waited on Him. I figure, He says, go and conquer, so I must go and conquer. Can you imagine if my namesake (Joshua) did this in the battle of Jericho? What if they only marched once? Disastrous! If you know anything about the story of the battle of Jericho, then you know that the walls were so high and thick that it was basically a road around the top of the city. (more…)
It’s an odd “analogy” and one I cannot take credit for. Sitting in a chair at Victory: Hamilton Mill Church I listen as Pastor Johnson Bowie says,
“You could look like Gollum and if you valued women the way God wants you to, you’d be fighting them off with a stick”
He was specifically addressing single guys at this point. However, his comment made me think more about this analogy. (more…)
… and it happened again.
You know what I am talking about. The moment where everyone was laughing but there was a this twinge in someone’s eye, the one you thought you were “just teasing.” Afterall, everyone loves sarcasm, and those that don’t are too sensitive or just don’t get funny humor. I know all of this is absolutely true because I use to suffer from this disease called meism. Apprarently I was so wrapped up in my selfishness and pride that I thought humor that pointed out others short comings was actually really funny. Often it makes for a great sitcom, but sarcasm should never be used in any other context… at least that’s my opinion. (more…)
There’s a lot written and said about priorities in life. In fact, any self-help book worth the paper it was written on will cover something about prioritization of your life, tasks or something in general . Unfortunately, most mistake priorities as a mantra.
In my real estate business I have a set of core values that proclaim our priorities. God, Family, then business. This sounds really cute and upstanding. Unfortunately for me, many of the years and even some times now, this mantra is simply that. Yet another goal in a long line of goals that are being sought to achieve. (more…)
I had decided the night before Labor day that I would not wake up and go to the computer but that I would read the Bible and spend time just thinking. In what could be described as His master plan or simply just “dumb luck” I got up – wide awake up – at 4:30AM. For the next two hours or so I studied what was written in the Word along with some writings by Norvel Hayes. I did not know who Norvel was before I read his short writings on Faith. It was simply a few pages in the back of a Bible my Grandfather had used. I won’t rewrite what he wrote there, but I thought it was pretty interesting to note, and it makes total “common sense” but I had never really thought of it. (more…)
I’m not sure if I can take credit for it, but it was an original God thought idea that came to me as I was seeking out His calling on my life. It started with this scripture.
“The steps of a [good] righteous man are directed and established by the Lord when He delights in his way [and He busies Himself with his every step].” Psalms 37:23 AMP
To be honest, my Grandmother prayed this over me for many, many years before and after school. My personality is one of a driver, so when I get a thought I tend to act on it. My life though has never seemed to be one of strategy even though I’m also analytical. The challenge for me, is that I want to please God (He already loves us, but I want to make Him proud) but I get so frustrated that there’s no perverbial burning bush or something to tell me what to do. (more…)