On your mark, get set, go!

All things become new after you’ve

Recognized the urgency for change

Become totally focused on the plan of God


Let go of all of the hurt.

I feel like I’m about to run a race…

There is no time to lose….

It’s the last day of 2009

Whatever you need to do,

do it NOW!


Romans 13:11:

11 This is all the more urgent, for you know how late it is; time is running out. Wake up, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.

All things new pt. 3: Letting go of the hurt

On these last days of 2009 and after spending some time in quiet contemplation, I realized that I have been walking wounded. This past year I have sustained many hurts and it’s seem that toward the end of the year they have come to the surface.

Growing up was not always easy. I say I didn’t experience trauma, but actually when I think about it I did. I always had a difficult relationship with my father and have always felt unloved and rejected by him and now that I have been his caretaker some of those same old issues have surfaced.

I wish I could paint a rosey picture, but we have had terrible arguments and fights (not physical) and I know it stems from old stuff. But now I just want to heal. I am tired of hurting from “old stuff”. And I know it’s best for me to move on in order for that to heal.

I’ve also sustained some wounds in other matters as well. And in looking back over the year honestly I was hurt and it has sapped my strength and is taking all of the energy from me and is hindering my ability to move forward. Even today I experienced a little pain and some confusion. 

Letting go of the hurt is not easy, but it’s necessary in order to move forward. Yes, this also is a part of making all things new. We must take it all to the Lord in prayer if we want to be healed and  want all things to be new in 2010. 

 Isaiah 43:18-19:
   18 “But forget all that—
      it is nothing compared to what I am going to do.
   19 For I am about to do something new.
      See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?
   I will make a pathway through the wilderness.
      I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.

All things new pt. 2: Total focus

There are times when we must stop chatting online, stop texting and let the phone ring just to focus on God and His plans.

I’ve had some very unusual experiences this year that would be a little too unorthodox to share in this blog, but yet I know it originated with God. Sometimes God uses the unusual but we must be focused on what He is doing; TOTALLY FOCUSED.

People can be distractions. Here is something that people have to learn in life. We all have our own problems and there are few people who can be totally focused on your problems.  Even when you don’t think people have their own problems, just because they don’t talk about it doesn’t mean they don’t have them. We must be willing to give people space.

In these last few days I would admonish you as much as you can to focus totally on God and His will and plan for your life. That may mean shutting out distractions and foolishness which may include people, but if they know God they will understand that sometimes there needs to be total focus. And don’t worry if they misinterpret, soon they will see the results and understand why.

In these last few days of 2009 just stay totally focused on God. Even Jesus did it so what about us?

Matthew 14:22-23:

22 And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away.

 23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.

All things new pt.1: An urgency for change

I was listening to a ministry online on Sunday and throughout the broadcast they kept singing a song called “You make all things new”. It so ministered to my spirit.

The Bible is clear that we have to forget the pass in order to move forward. In 2009 I went through the same “trauma” twice and it’s made me very fearful about making a big step next year.  But I do know one thing, I feel an urgency in my spirit to make a change. I keep telling my family and close friends that whatever changes are going to be made will be made in the month of January.

Often when we make our resolutions and we start making plans for the new year we sometimes give ourselves 6 months or so to get started. But this year I cannot afford to do that. I know I have to do some radical things and let the chips fall where they may.

My fathers sister thanked me for taking care of my Dad and I so appreciated it but I also took that as a “graduation” speech. Sometimes people (especially family) will allow you to just keep doing what you do and meanwhile life is passing you by.

My Dad had 8 children. Seven are still alive and well it’s time for someone else to pick up the ball because I’m about to drop it. I’ve done all that I can do and it’s time for something new.

When you find yourself in situations and there has been no change, YOU must make the change and that is what I’m about to do. God is making all things new.

Isaiah 43:18-19:

18 Do not [earnestly] remember the former things; neither consider the things of old.

19 Behold, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs forth; do you not perceive and know it and will you not give heed to it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

A lesson in humility

The other day I listened to a message by a well-known minister and he preached a message called “A lesson in humility”. Sometimes we are in the process of being humbled by God. Yes, I believe that God does humble his people often for where he is about to take them and in order for us to learn obedience.

Every year in the beginning of the year you sometimes hear ministers “prophesying” about how the year is going to be. Things like “I’m going to get mine, in 2009”, or “you won’t have to wait in 2008”. But rarely does it turn out to be true.  Now I’m not being negative, but I’m tired of the clichés. The truth of the matter is life is difficult and sometimes the truth is you may go through a year or a half-year of extreme trouble. It’s not all going to be a bed of roses.

Today I heard about a young girl who was killed in a car crash this past Monday. Her family used to attend the church where my brother use to Pastor in New York city. I know they did not have a clue that their year would end this way. My heart broke for the family. This month right before Christmas will be marked with tears, until the day her parents and brother die. It will NEVER be the same from this day forward.

Sometimes we need the truth about the seasons of our lives. If I were to name this year for me it would be called a year of lesson’s in humility. I have been humbled and if the truth be told humiliated, but the purpose of it all was to teach me how to obey God.  Not a cliché but truth.

No matter what happens next year, know that God is working it out for our good. There is no guarantee that next year will be a bed of roses either. Just understand that sometimes there are times in our lives that are about humility and obedience.

Hebrews 5:8:

8  Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;

Relationships and the Internet

The internet has changed that way that we relate to one another. I believe it’s both good and bad.

I have met several people online and have interacted with some on a regular basis and have never met them in the flesh. This to me is bad. There is a message board that I frequent and through this board I have met several ladies and many have contacted me online via email. A few have gone from email to the phone, but to date I have not met any of the women in the flesh.

I have to admit it took me a while to even show my picture to some of my online friends. The internet is such an illusive place and you don’t always know who is behind the computer. People can be anyone online, but it’s when you meet them in a flesh and interact is when you can really get to know who they are.

I’ve often wondered if Jesus would be online if he was in our day and age. I don’t think God is opposed to it, but I do think that God would like us to eventually meet the people who we interact with. I mean if something starts online and continues it should eventually end up with a face to face encounter.

Now I don’t think every chat online should get upclose and personal. It can be dangerous. I had a friend meet a man online on a Christian dating site and it was a mess. The internet is a place where you should be cautious. Perceptions can’t be based on a few lines on a computer. Here is one example:

I met a lady (I am heterosexual) on an online message board and we started emailing each other personally and eventually we exchanged phone numbers. Well when I would read her posts online she was very mild-mannered and sweet. I was always drawn to her posts because they seemed quite tempered and nice. Well when I met her over the phone she was quite the opposite. She was very loud, brassy and with time I found out that she would let her sister eavesdrop on the conversations we would have. They did this routinely. Later on a three-way she tried to get myself and the other lady on the line to listen as she called another lady without her knowing. I just hung up the phone.

Perhaps had we met in person I could have discerned these things earlier. Well here is my goal. I have three  online friends that I’ve never met. I’ve talked to all three on the phone. I plan to meet all three next year. If I am to continue any relationship online I am going to have to meet the person in the flesh.  I think that is a good goal.

Amplified Bible (AMP) 3 John 1:14:

14 I hope to see you soon, and we will talk together face to face.

The Message (MSG)

3 John 1:14:

13 -14 I have a lot more things to tell you, but I’d rather not use pen and ink. I hope to be there soon in person and have a heart-to-heart talk.

Peace to you. The friends here say hello. Greet our friends there by name.