Daily Devotional – 10/23/17 “What are you fighting for?”

Today would have been Granddaddy and Gram’s 72nd wedding anniversary but then death intervened 5 years ago. For 35 years (for as early as I can remember), I watched their relationship. There was good and bad yet they stuck and stayed. Even during the hard times of the early years, starting with the 1930’s and raising ten children they overcame. Please understand, it wasn’t without situations but they overcame them. Then I watched grandma take care of granddad for three years while he laid afflicted by sickness. I am sharing this because it is rare, now days, to find marriages that last. If I can be honest, it is rare to see people fighting for anything worthy. I’ve seen where people spend thousands on the wedding but will not invest one dollar into the marriage. But it is not just marriages, it’s everything. This is why I have to ask this question … What are you fighting for? Or should I ask, what are you fighting for that matters? We fight on social media but will not fight for social justice. We fight for folk who will not commit but not for our personal relationship with Christ. We fight for positions in the workplace but we will not fight for the upkeep of the church. We fight baby momma/daddy but we will not fight for educational options for the baby. We fight to make it to $1 margaritas but we will not fight for the PTA at the school. We fight harder in relationships, with other folk spouses, yet we will not fight in preparation to be a Godly husband or wife.

What are you fighting for beloved? Are you fighting to be healthy, happy and whole? Are you fighting to be one with God? Are you fighting for your worth? Are you fighting for everything man said you could not have? Are you fighting to get everything “they” said you will never attain? What are you fighting for? Yes, I know this world is not our home but while we are fighting to hear God say “Well done thy good and faithful servant,” what are you fighting for that will allow Him to say, “Well done,” now? You do know that God can be pleased with us now, right? But that’s only when we are fighting for the right thing at the right time. This is why I had to ask, what are you fighting for? Stop giving up so easily and fight. Stop giving in so quickly, fight. I don’t know about you but I’m fighting for mine. This means my husband, my children, my family, my friends, my pastor, my church family, my sanity, my sanctity, my blessings and even you. And I’m fighting to love the hell out of this world. What about you?

“You keep getting in the ring as a lamb and keep losing! Show up as a lion and fight until you win! Get your MORE!” – Pastor Robert S. Harvey

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Daily Devotional – 10/20/17 “Pressure!”

Somebody woke up on this Friday morning still feeling the pressure of yesterday, last week, last month and last year. The pressure feels like it’s about to overtake your life and at any moment, you’ll blow. But can I tell you something? Pressure means you’re still in the game. Pressure means you’re still living and able. Pressure means you’re still in position. See, when a player feels pressure that means someone is counting on her/him to do his/her part. When you are feeling pressured by the demands of life, it means somebody is still depending on you to do your part. Does it feel good? Heck no but it should give you the passion to push on. Look, if you didn’t feel pressured (even from yourself) would you have the ambition to do better? If you didn’t feel pressured to provide for your family, would you? Understand, you will not feel pressure everyday but those days you do and they seem to come more often than you like, remind yourself … Pressure means I’m still in the game and it means someone is still counting on me to make it.

Pressure isn’t to take you out but it’s to get out of you that which is on the inside. This is why you, your parents, mentors, family, friends and etc. pressure you to do better because they (and you) know the potential greatness that’s inside of you. I am not talking about peer pressure to go against what you believe in or to change the right for the bad but I’m speaking of the pressure that should push you to destiny. The pressure to not conform. The pressure to help those who talk about you. The pressure to willingly suffer for Christ’s sake. The pressure to be the best you, even in the worse of circumstances. This is why the bible says in Proverbs 24:10, “If you fail under pressure, your strength is too small.” And there is no way, as Christians, our strength should be fragile, small or made to feel inferior because the bible says in Exodus 15:2, “The LORD is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.” The pressure … it means you are still in it to win it! Don’t lose hope even when it feels like more than you can bear.