Wet Paint!!!

Good Day Readers:

I REALLY hope you all had a great night last night and that you are having a great day so far…

Last night, before bible study, a good friend of mine shared a saying with me that I want to talk about today. She said, “Never give someone else the brush to paint your portrait…” This spoke to me significantly because there are so many times when we, as people, seem to let others paint a portrait of who you are and what you look like from their interpretation. When an artist paints a portrait of someone, it is through the artist’s eyes what the final piece looks like. If we want others to see us for who we are, we CANNOT let someone else paint that portrait. There may be details that are missed when YOU are not painted by YOU. This entry may seem a little harsh and I sincerely apologize if it’s coming out that way but, I refuse to let anyone paint my portrait any longer. I have so many layers that I can only show and will allow you to see. This was the premise behind this blog in the first place. That being said, I want to encourage you to paint your own portrait. The paints that are used are all of your life’s experiences – your battles, won and lost; your accomplishments and failures; your seasons of change (If you’re in winter, fret not because spring is coming *thanks to Dr. Carolyn Miller and Min. Dominique Baptiste*); and countless others.

The bottom line is that you have all the materials needed. You don’t need anyone else’s. PAINT YOUR PORTRAIT!!! The group LTD said it best: “What we have is much more than they can see…”

Until next time…

How Fruity are You?

Good Day Readers:

I hope that your day is going well.  Happy Hump Day as well. 

 2Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

5I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

These verses were taken from John Chapter 15.  My Pastor spoke on these passages a few times this year and, each time, there is always something new to get from it.  I was actually reading a commentary about this chapter to see if I could get yet another gem from it and, well, I did.  Jesus uses the vine and the fruit in these verses to symbolize Christians living as close to God as possible.  Verse 1 states clearly that Christ is the vine and that God the Father is the Husbandman.  Think of the Husbandman as a cultivator, farmer, etc.  The vine itself can be one that produces grapes or tomatoes.  As the vine continues to grow branches are formed in order for the fruit to come forth.  Sometimes, when a branch is not producing fruit on it, it’s the job of the cultivator to cut away the branches that are not producing in order for the branches that are to continue.  The same holds true for us as Christians.  We are to abide in Christ in order to produce fruit for God.  If you go to Galatians 5, you will see that Paul talks about the fruit of the Spirit (I would actually like you to look that up and read it…lol).  When we bear fruit for God by abiding in Jesus, the true vine, God purges us so that we can continue to produce more fruit.  The more fruit, or the bigger the fruit, the closer we are to the vine.  In other words, the closer we are to Christ and the more we abide in him, the Father will continue to purge us.  In this context, the word prune translates as cleanse.  God will cleanse us so that we will produce more fruit as long as we abide in Christ!  So, who’s feeling “fruity”?

Until next time…

Even the Web Needs a Savior

Good Day Readers:

I hope and pray that God is blessing you today and will continue to bless you according to his riches.  It’s a nice sunny day here in FL.  I’m going to make the most of it. 

Who says that the internet is completely evil?  As you answer that question, I want to share an experience with you.  In my years of experience in IT, I have come across a lot of users that are either scared of or completely dislike the internet.  Why would anyone, regardless of background be scared or to reluctant to go out and explore the world-wide web?  Well, I’m of the opinion that people mock what they don’t understand or are completely naïve to GOOD things that you can find out here.  Case in point, mine, as well as countless other blogs, that are here for the betterment of us as humans and more importantly, as Christians.  Yes, like the non-technical world, there are some seedy and shady areas that we need not travel to and yes, there places out here that, in my opinion, could be deemed as, well, bad.  However, the internet as a whole is NOT as bad as some people claim it is to be.  As Christians, we have been commissioned to “go out into all the world…” and if that means to go out into all the world-wide web to preach the Gospel, then so be it.  Salvation is not just for the street corners anymore.  More and more people have access to this realm of information so, why shouldn’t the Gospel of Jesus Christ be limited to just handing out tracks at the store or outside of bars, clubs, alleys, etc.  We all know that God has predestined us to do his work.  Granted, the technology that we have today obviously didn’t exist over 2000 years ago but, since it’s here now, why not take full advantage of the opportunity to save at least ONE person from hell?  Who are we to discriminate who gets into heaven because they surf the web?  I tell you this, I will not be the one to make that decision…lol

Until next time…

In With the New: A Geek Perspective…

Good Day Readers;

Wow…It’s so good to be back.  I was sick for a few days but, thank God, it’s pretty much behind me.  I hope you are staying as healthy as possible.  I thought about changing some eating habits, possibly even going Vegan but, that’s for another post…lol

Ok so I’ve been looking at another PDA to get.  Yes, the geek in me is always looking for the coolest thing out there.  To bring you up to date, I’ve been a BlackBerry user for quite some time.  I’ve always liked the PIN feature and all of that.  However, the Android phones are really getting me interested in trying them.  I’m with T-Mobile so I have a few to choose from.  However, The Motorola phones seem to have me swaying toward them.  I figure, if I’m going to change, I’m going to do it BIG!  The CliqXT

Well that was yesterday.  I am now the proud owner of a Motorola Cliq XT.  Talk about a change; a virtual keyboard as well as the Android OS. I feel so geeky right now…LOL 

I guess we can throw a Growth Moment in here…(didn’t think I would miss an opportunity did you? LOL)

Sometimes, when we are used to doing things a certain way for a long time they, become second nature to us.  However, when you want to do something new, you will have to break out of that comfort zone and try something new.  Sure, it may feel a little weird at first, and you may even get a tad frustrated and want to go back to the way things were (like going to a virtual keyboard).  But the more you chip away at the stone to see what you have in front of you, the more you will realize that this new thing that you have may not be as bad as you thought and you may even find yourself liking it even more that what you were doing before.

Until next time…

The Unknown Laborer

Here are some definitions of the word labor:

1 a : expenditure of physical or mental effort especially when difficult or compulsory

b (1) : human activity that provides the goods or services in an economy (2) : the services performed by workers for wages as distinguished from those rendered by entrepreneurs for profits

Now here is a definition of the word anonymity:

1 : the quality or state of being anonymous

Now that we’ve had a chance to look at these words, let’s put them together.

There will come a time in life where we will, in fact, labor in anonymity. In other words, you will do some sort of work that will go unknown or unseen by any and all that we labor for. It may be something as small as a simple gesture, or it may be as big as some task that you were assigned at work; a project that you were asked to spearhead. No matter how great or how small the truth if the matter is that it can and sometimes will go unnoticed. Just remember the reason you did what you did. Was it for them or was it for you? Did you labor in order to get your props or did you labor in hopes that someone was helped, the task was accomplished, or you simply just wanted to do it? Always remember that if you labor for the right reasons, whether know or not, if it’s for the common good, then it is never in vain…

Post from Facebook: The Shark

I figured I woud put myself as a guest blog today.  I have a few posts that I placed on my Facebook page a while back before I decided to start blogging again.  They’re fairly short but I wanted to share them with you.  Enjoy…

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Sometimes life can give you all kinds of twists and turns, ups and downs, and crazy turnarounds. The point is that you keep moving. Don’t stop, don’t quit. If you have ever watched a shark in an aquarium or on a documentary, you will note that they are constantly swimming. Why? Because in order for them to live, water hare so constantly pass through the gills that are not like other fish. If they do not continue to swim, the will die. What I’m saying is that you have to keep moving, stay on you grind, and never stay still when it comes to getting your goals accomplished. Sure there are times when you need a break (I know I do), but you have to keep your focus on what you want as well. That is still a form of movement.

My Friend, who is a big John Force fan, used to have this signature block. “Never give up. Never back down, Never lose faith” That should speak volumes to people like you and me.

Confessions of Rev. P.K. Minister

Good Day Readers:

I hope you had a great weekend and hope this will be great for you as well. 

Last week I was talking to a friend.  We had shared a few things and the subject came up about me being a Minister.  I assured them that, above all else, I am a Minister and that job in itself is hard.  Taking into consideration the human aspect (likes, dislikes, pleasures, pains, etc) of it all, I still have a job to do.  I cannot speak for everyone else that has been charged with this task but, as for me, this is one particular job that I really didn’t ask for.  Being the son of Pastor, I saw things that my Dad had gone through as well as some things that he thankfully kept away from his children.  One thing certainly stays clear in my mind is that he had this job and, in my opinion, he did it well.  So much, in fact, that there were days that he was on the job and, quite frankly, I wish he was with me.  This bothered me for quite a few years and I kept it hidden for a lot of my adult life.  However, now that I am tasked with the same mission, I definitely see what was REALLY going on.  I have two sons, and I do my best to ensure that my time with them is quality at the very least.  Yes, we do some things at home and then there are also times where we can actually get out and enjoy the day at the park just as we did yesterday.  I guess the bottom line is here is that despite the job of Ministry, there should always be some time MADE for your family. 

Now let’s get back to the topic.  As I stated there was a conversation that was going on between a friend and I. Let me first put my disclaimer out there that Christians do NOT always talk about “church stuff”.  I think there is a big misconception that Christians, more importantly Ministers, walk around town all day wearing a suit and carrying a pocket Bible with them.  NOT TRUE!!  Yes, we have to be on guard at all times and the WHOLE armor of God should be worn as such but, just like punching a clock on our nine-to-five jobs, we are allowed a little fun.  Now I don’t mean to suggest that we get too crazy and run wild in the streets of our cities that we live.  I’m saying that yes, we can go different places and yes, we will laugh hysterically at something funny.  However, we’re not robots!  We’re still human and even though we have a different way of life now that we’re save or preaching the Gospel, we still live life.  Paul’s calling was questioned at one point.  Paul, as you know, had a pretty checkered past (don’t we all…lol) but he is known as one of the greatest Apostles. What’s great about him is that he KNEW beyond a shadow of a doubt that he was one of the worst people on the planet yet GOD gave him a job to do.  He touches on this in Eph 3:7-8:

7Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.

   8Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;

Paul says here that even though he was the worst of his kind, the flotsam and jetsam of his people, he was chosen by GOD Himself to do the work of preaching the Gospel.  In other words, no one asked Paul, “hey, how would you like to be a minister and go save lost souls, including those that are not worthy of the promise that God gave to the Jewish people?”  In fact, if you read in the book of acts, Paul was a persecutor of Christians in the early church.  That’s right, he was in the business of getting rid of Christians!  What kind of person that could commit such atrocities, NOW all of a sudden, preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ?  What kind of person who, just a few weeks or years ago, was out doing all manner of evil and set on a path of self destruction, NOW all of a sudden is telling me how to live my life and step on my toes every chance he gets?  Who is this nut?  The answer:  YOU, ME, and anyone else that is called by GOD to do so.  See, a person that has gone through the ringer of hard times and has basically been so far down that the only way to go is up is usually the best candidate.  I’m not saying that you have to be on skid row to have a testimony, but I am saying that if you are on that row and on it for a while, God can definitely work on you and when He does, boy have YOU got a story to tell. 

The bottom line here today, folks, is that if you are called by God to do what HE wants you to do, then you have a lot of work ahead of you.  You are also a work in progress so stay strong!

Until next time…