I can remember as a kid in middle school, we would have the book fair. One of my favorite books to buy would be from the Where’s Waldo series.  These books contained illustrations of the main character, a tall guy with a glaring red and white striped sweater, and large round specs, in various, amazing places, doing various amazing things. The purpose of the entire set up is to find Waldo. One would think that locating this tall, skinny guy, in THAT outfit would be relatively easy. However, after scanning the picture for a while you begin to realize that he is a lot less conspicuous than you thought, and can be easily overlooked.  (more…)

It really saddens me, that love has been reduced and devalued in such the way that it has. It’s a word that we use so loosely, that it is no wonder that we have lost the truest sentiment of it. Love is in no wise ordinary. (more…)

 

There is so much in a name; more than many of us realize. Whatever you call anything is vitally important. The ancient Hebraic cultures understood this principle very well. There is a prophetic activation that happens when we name anything. In other words, it will become whatever you name it.  (more…)

 

One of the biggest criticisms of Christian faith, especially among the African-American community is the “pie in the sky,” “sweet by-and-by” concept of heaven and eternal life. It’s argued that white slave masters taught black slaves this principle of Christendom in order to control the slave population; as to say, “if you obey me, I’m not going to pay you, but God will when you make it to glory.”  (more…)

More than likely, you’re like me; in that road rage is a common thing. With people, I’m calm and patient, but if you get me behind the wheel, I have very little tolerance for anything that slows me down. Very rarely do I just drive aimlessly, mostly because gas is too expensive; but I am usually driving with a purpose. In other words, if you see me on the road, I’m heading somewhere, because there is somewhere I need to be, and something I need to do. (more…)

From the Wizard of Oz to Aladdin, there has always been a fascination with wishing.  Birthdays candles, a stray eye lash, coins in a fountain, first and shooting stars, and the list of wishing traditions go on and on. Wishing is something borne deep into the human fabric. While it makes for entertaining stories and movies, wishing has to be one of the most fruitless acts that we encourage.  (more…)

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Last night, after church, my kids and I were riding through the city. I had discovered a new song by an artist that my kids love, so I put it on, so they could hear it. When the beat drops, my youngest son immediately goes into the familiar cadence of “hey … hey … hey”, found in a lot of today’s music, with his hands waving the air, then dropped into a full “milly rock”. He was feeling it, just like I thought he would.  (more…)

Yes, we live in an awful world, where people seem to be getting worse and worse. It is becoming increasingly difficult to watch the news, read the paper, or even scroll through social media without being bombarded with the darkest sides of humanity. Everywhere we turn there is murder, robbery, hate speech, and the list goes on and on.  (more…)

Hey relax! Sit back and chill. Let’s take a second to really assess how you feel. I’ve been there too. Having my blood boiling, blood pressure elevated, tense and uptight; all because I saw that person that did that thing to me that time, and never forgot it. We’ve all done it … holding a grudge.

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Let’s just face it. We live in a generation that has serious trust issues. With a majority of us born, or brought up in single parent households, or slit families, we have come accustomed to broken promises. Not only that, but the things that had become bedrock, such as the government or the economy, have shifted quickly to sand. All of us, no matter where we are from, have been let down by something or someone who should have held us up; so we live on guard. And people wonder why Donald Trump’s “wall” is so popular; it is because we are so used to insulating ourselves and shutting others out. Everybody’s played the fool, and no one wants to be a fool again.

It’s no wonder why people look cynically at believers in Christ. Especially, when we ourselves fail to live up to our own standard, people find it hard to believe that Jesus can be trusted. We, who are believers, tell them that Jesus doesn’t fail, and they struggle to accept it, because everything else has failed around them. It’s easy to judge others when they lose faith, but if we are honest, even the most devout has questioned, if this faith walk is all worth it. It takes courage, to make yourself self vulnerable to anyone, especially someone you can’t see; because no one wants to be a fool.

If you’re someone who struggles with trusting the Lord, I understand. For real. I get it. But let me encourage you to give Him time, and watch Him work. There will be moments that you will feel let down, but if you continue on with Him. You will see how He used that for your good. There will be situations where you will wonder if it’s all worth it, but keep trusting Him, and He will make it all worth the while. If you don’t want to be a fool, put your trust in Him!

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”

Jeremiah 17:7-8, New International Version

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“Don’t Want To Be A Fool” was written and produced by Luther Vandross and Marcus Miller. Performed by Luther Vandross. Released 1991.