Hey what’s up? I don’t know about you but this week seemed like a really busy one, I no longer do Friday nights on theSlam (my radio show), instead I use that time to work in our video department at life 100.3. It’s weird how such a simple change can just drain you because you’re not used to the routine. Moving on, Friday I was supposed to do an event down in Huntsville in the morning, so this whole week I was planning for that, and planning a few things for afterwards, well today is Thursday and I just found out that the event is actually in the evening and as a result I need to change the plans that I made.
I remember when I started working at life, things like this would just drive me nuts. How you could have plans and then at the last minutes things could change without warning. But I have learned to go with the flow.
My purpose is to not always turn everything into a spiritual example, but I can apply that to my walk with God. Sometimes we feel like we have it all planned out. Like we know where our lives are heading, we know what job we want, we know the person we are going to marry or the type of house we are going to buy… And then life comes by and slaps us in the face. Let me encourage you, the next time your life takes a sudden turn, know that God is in control and He foresaw the exact thing that happened to you coming. If you can start to think like that it will change your whole perspective on things and hopefully it will keep all your hair from going grey. (Although someone once told me grey hair was a “trendy” thing to have…that person then proceeded to take my order at subway, true story)
So last week I was sitting outside, as I looked around I saw how blessed I was. I have a job, I have a nice car that can get me to and from my job. I have a beautiful house and am surrounded by beautiful people. I am truly blessed.
But then I remembered how only weeks prior I didn’t feel like anything around me was a blessing, a few weeks prior I felt like nothing was a blessing, like I didn’t have what I needed, I also wasn’t enjoying anything around me. Then it clicked; how can you enjoy blessings without the One from whom the blessings come from? The answer is, you can’t. That’s why you hear all the time about these rich “successful” people who commit suicide or are constantly battling depression. Sure they have millions of dollars and beautiful houses, not to mention legendary careers, but they can’t enjoy anything because they don’t partner with the one who takes things and turns them into blessings.
I know we all know this verse but I find myself constantly coming back to it. Notice how it doesn’t say for everyone who is save is entitled to…or everyone who is successful is guaranteed…or every good person with have…it says the fruit of the Spirit. There are people who choose not to partner with the Spirit and as a result don’t have:
But the fruit<span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NIV-29185A" data-link="(A)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”> of the Spirit is love,<span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NIV-29185B" data-link="(B)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”> joy, peace,<span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NIV-29185C" data-link="(C)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”> forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Hey what’s up? Recently on my show I talked about how nice it would be to take a temporary break from “Adult” life and just be young again. Not even the back to school young, but the young where all you have to do is wake up and play outside or watch your favourite cartoons young. Why would that be so nice? Well because it’s a simple life. No bills or mean people to worry about, no mortgage’s or tainted viewpoint’s.
Now with that in mind, let’s apply that to our walk with God. Sometimes I find personally that I am learning all these huge concepts when it comes to my faith, and that’s great, but I forget about the simple principals, the real “foundational” things, when it comes to being a Christian. I get caught up with always learning and thinking about the new things I’m discovering that I forget about the basics that my faith is built upon.
An example of this would be prayer. I remember recently I just stopped and thought “man, where is my prayer life”. I was so busy trying to live a godly life that I forgot about the pillars that my godly life depends on. So let me encourage you, keep pushing forward and pursuing all aspects of Christianity, but never forsake the seemingly small things, like time with God, time in the word. I’m telling you right now, these things are crucial for our walk with God. I’m never going to stop being amazed at how prayer and prayer alone can tear down things that works alone simply can’t.
Back to the basics, simple but profound.
Hey guys, what’s going on? It’s been a little while since the last time I remembered to blog…it happens sorry. Recently there have been so many things that have been coming up, negative things, one after another. It took me awhile, and I’m still working on the “choose to be better not bitter” thing but today it hit me. Regardless of what people around me say or do, regardless of what is happening, I am still a Christian, I am still blessed.
Where I work (Life 100.3) we get together every Tuesday for a staff devotional and recently we have been doing John Bevere’s Good Or God study. In it he talks about how the serpent in the garden in the book of Genesis was able to cause Eve to sin and partake of the fruit by getting her attention off of all the good fruit that she could partake in and focus on the one piece of fruit that she wasn’t permitted to partake in. Well I feel like sometimes our modern lives can take the same path.
There are things that will always come up against us, weather that be as simple as a look or a major offence. But let me encourage you to not forget to look around and see how blessed you truly are. You see if the enemy can get you to focus on everything around you that is going wrong he will quickly be able to drain you of all your joy, energy and leave you waking up 10 years down the road thinking, “man if only that person didn’t do that I could have lived a great life”. The truth is we don’t have to let offences rule us.
You are Blessed