So my family and I were leaving Downtown Dallas, on our way to visit a dear friend in Grand Prairie. Just like any other time, Angela puts the address of our destination in her iPhone so that we can find our way. Somehow or another, I miss understood something Siri said, and missed a turn. It was actually okay, because all her iPhone had to do was redirect me from where I was, so that I wouldn’t have to waste time back-tracking.

Isn’t that how God works? (more…)

I’m a big dude. Always have been. Some call it thick, others big-boned, but I remember being embarrassed when my mom would take me downtown to shop for clothes. She would say it very loud, “Derek get over here. You know you need you need to be in the husky section!” My heart would sink, because I felt like now everyone in the store was now looking at me, the big guy. (more…)

Yes, I’m serious! What if dying was no longer an issue? Wouldn’t you approach life differently?

There are a lot of people reading this, who’s normal pursuit of life is less than exciting. Leading safe, predictable lives some people don’t want to pursue an adventure; even though their heart longs for one. This kind of approach often leads to a life of regret. (more…)

Ever since Destiny’s Child hit the air waves, instructing all the women who’re independent to throw their hands up and Lil Boosie proved he knows how to spell, independence has become a new virtue. I can’t count the number of times I hear people say that they don’t need anybody. But let me be honest, everybody needs somebody. We, as human beings, are not designed to be alone. When God created Adam, he had everything he needed (God, abundance of food, and job to do), yet God said it wasn’t good for him to be without human relationships. (more…)

Last night I stopped by the neighborhood supermarket to make sure we had a few things, just in case we were snowed in today. As to be expected, I wasn’t the only one with that bright idea. As I was checking out the assistant manager asked me, “You stocking up for the weather?” (more…)

For most people, confidence comes from a place of predictability. A person can be confidently secure, when one knows what’s going to happen. We watch, with amazement, as people accomplish all sorts of things from masterful slam dunks, to dangerous tightrope walks, to mystery ingredient cooking. We look on, wondering where their confidence comes from, never accounting for, the hours spent, the days dedicated, or the weeks of preparation. These people have confidence based on the information they have.

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People come into your life for a reason, a season, or for a lifetime. This isn’t a new concept, and I’m sure you’ve something like that before. We spend a lot of time wishing we had certain types of relationship. Single people wanting to be married, married people wanting to be single, one-sided friendships and family members that can’t get along. In our mind we want things to be a certain way but many times they aren’t the way we desire.  (more…)