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Thursday, January 12, 2006

On Duty in 2006

Well, here we go again…another year has come and gone. To be quite honest, I am super excited about 2006. On one hand, I’m eagerly anticipating what’s ahead, while on the other, I am a little nervous about the unknown—not knowing what this year holds for my family. However, I do know one thing—the sovereign Lord that walked with us in 2005 will not fail to do the same in 2006!

Just for the record, my wife and I are doing great. We are just basking in the goodness of the Lord, loving our new home and one another. She and I have a motto that we deemed fitting for the year 2006 and that is—“live full and die empty.”

Now, I’m not really big on New Year’s resolutions. As a matter of fact, I haven’t made one in over four years—partly because anything that I’ve resolved to do has happened by the middle of the year and also because I don’t like making myself and others promises that I can’t keep. Ecclesiastes 5 warns us against making empty promises and while I know that the immediate context in that chapter is specifically a vow to the Lord, the principle applies across the board.

However, though I’m not personally big on New Year’s resolutions, this year I have resolved to “live full and die empty.” Essentially, this is a catchy way of saying that I’m going to maximize my potential to the fullest and redeem the time wisely so that I die with no regrets.

Last year, my manager turned me on to this concept of “dying empty.” She expressed that so many people leave this earth full—books, compositions, artwork, ideas for businesses and more still in them. This should not be!!! God has placed something unique in all of us but for some reason or another many never fulfill their purpose in life and thereby take too many treasures to the grave.

You see, when we read about the likes of social reformers and revolutionaries like Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, Edgar Allen Poe, Rosa Parks, Cesar Chavez, Thomas Edison, Nat Turner and others—it’s easy to see that these individuals lived full, productive, impacting lives. The indelible mark that they left on society—which resonates even in their death—authenticates the fullness of their lives.

If there’s anything we can learn from the secular icons of our time, it is how to be driven and max out. Everybody from J. Lo to Jay-Z has exemplified determination. They are moguls that have succeeded at everything from music to movies. Now, before anybody gets the wrong idea, let me say that I know that they antagonize God’s Kingdom. So, I am not endorsing them. However, we can take a cue from them and do for the glory of God what they do for Satan and themselves.

Jesus said that the sons of darkness were shrewder than the sons of light (Luke 16:8). In that context the steward was doing all that was in his power to secure his future on earth. Jesus’ point was that if the wicked make an exaggerated effort to secure their future—which is temporal—how much more should the people of God. Therefore, all I’m saying is that if the those in the secular world—whose goals, aspirations and accomplishments are motivated purely by greed and the pride of life—are maxing out, how much more should we do the same as the children of God.

Now, some of you may think that this is merely a motivational speech. And to a degree, it is. But it does, however, have spiritual implications. You see, exhausting ourselves professionally and creatively is all just a part of the bigger picture—exhausting ourselves for the work of the Kingdom. For this is why we are here…to worship God, keep his commandments and accomplish His agenda in the earth until He returns.

We are “Incredible Christians”—“Civilians” that are “On Duty” 24/7. We dare not prioritize ourselves and build our own paneled houses, while His house lies in ruins. Furthermore, Paul encouraged the Thessalonians to work while it was still day. So, don’t let the grass grow up under your feet. Grind it out for God’s Kingdom until He comes. And in as much as we resolve to die with no regrets in our personal lives, may we be in a position to echo the words of the Apostle Paul in his final stretch, “I fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith (2 Timothy 4:7).”

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Stand firm,

Friday, November 18, 2005

New Found Love

What’s up y'all? It's your boy Da' T.R.U.T.H. and in all honesty I had no idea what to write for my first blog. So, I figured I’d just share with you from my heart.

You see. This is all new for me and I know it’s going to take some time before I get accustomed to sharing my heart, soul, mind and experiences on the World Wide Web but I am really looking forward to building with you.

This has been an amazing season for my wife and me. It’s going on four years of constant and consistent commitment, dedication and love. Just recently, the Lord blessed us with our first home and we are elated! Any way, today, I really just wanted to tell y'all that the Lord really challenged me in the area of love yesterday.

Ok. So, I was sitting in my barber's chair getting a shape-up and as usual we started talking about the Lord and some miscellaneous issues in Christendom. My barber—who’s zeal and passion for Christ is unprecedented—eventually began to talk about God’s love and His command to love the unlovable, forgive the people that have hurt us and bless those that hate us.

Now, theoretically, I already know this but yesterday it really resonated in my spirit. The bottom line is this—as tempting as it may be to hold a grudge and slander someone that has hurt me, the Apostle Paul said that love holds no record of wrong. What good is it if we only love the people that we like? According to the scriptures, we’re no better than the pagans when we love conditionally. However, the more we love unconditionally the more we become like Jesus Christ our Lord—our ultimate goal.

By the grace of God, I’m learning to demonstrate love in the most uncomfortable of circumstances. And though it may not feel good, I know that it's good for me. It's all a part of how the Father is growing me up on a daily basis. I pray that we will all continue to grow in our understanding and demonstration of the love of Christ. For this is how the world will know us, by the love that we show—one towards another.

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Stand firm,

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

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