Daily Devotional – 3/7/18 “What’s distracting you?”

Distraction, a noun, is defined as a thing that prevents someone from giving full attention to something else AND extreme agitation of the mind or emotions. In Lakisha’s words, it’s the thing preventing you from doing what you know you should be doing. It’s that thing that shows up every time you’re happy, just to agitate your mind. It’s that thing that occurs, taking your attention away from completing your vision. It distracts you from seeing the God in your situation so you’ll only focus on the bad. It, she, he or they are those that know how to toy with your emotions and they are good at it. They know the right words to get you to open the door. They know the right place to touch to get you to pull back the covers and let them in. They know the exact moment to text, knowing you’ll respond. It’s that thing that looks and feels good but means no good. Distractions, how many of us have them? You don’t have to raise your hand but I need you to recognize and call out your distraction(s) because when you can be honest with yourself, you can deal with it. Because let’s be real with self for a moment and admit you know who or what your distraction is and why you still fall for it.

And the reason you still fall so easily for it, is because it still tickles your fancy, it’s comfortable, you know it and it is easy to get. Why do you think an addict, who has access to what they are addicted too, has a hard time getting clean? Why do you think it’s hard to focus on your new relationship when you are still being distracted by the remnants of the old one? You can’t even focus on your new place of worship because you keep checking to see what the old church is doing. You keep stalking your ex’s pages, looking at old text messages and going through old pictures. You still got emails when folk denied you and old medical records of when you used to be sick. Baby, if you don’t get rid of those distractions. A person losing weight cannot keep a refrigerator and freezer full of the old things they used to eat, it’s a distraction. In Luke 10:40, while Mary was at the feet of Jesus, bible shares that Martha was distracted by preparing dinner and when she spoke to Jesus, He replied in Luke 10:41-42, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Beloved, what’s distracting you?


Daily Devotional – 3/6/18 “Thank you for using me!”

I know this is going to be hard to stomach but you have to thank folk who took advantage of you. Read it again because I need it to sink in. You have to thank those who maliciously used you because it made you the strong person you are now. Those folk who abused you, thank them. Those who lied on you, thank them. Those who mishandled your gifts, thank them. Those who used you, thank them. Those who profited from your work, thank them. Thank them for doing it while you were in your suffering because now they have no rights to say they had a part in your elevation. Thank them for trying to corrupt your vision while you were trying to build your business because now they have no access to your brand. Thank them for trying to kill you then because now you realize, your life has meaning. Thank them for talking about you while nobody knew your name because now, they have nothing more to say. Thank them for telling the story of your past because it was them that got somebody to recognize the gift you really where. Thank them for walking out because it made room for you to see who was really meant to be there.

Beloved, thank those who took advantage of you. Give them their props for being the greatness you now are. Tip your hat to them, include them in your acknowledgements, call their name in your acceptance speech and dedicate your first book to them. Thank them for giving you the chance to see the wrong in order to appreciate the right. Thank the old spouse for not appreciating you, the old boss for undervaluing you, the old publisher for misusing you, the old doctor for misdiagnosing you, the old friends for walking out on you, the old co-workers who laughed at you and the old pastor for overlooking you. You even have to thank the past because had it not been for it, you never would have been able to look at your present with eyes of gratitude. Thank those who took advantage of you because whether you know it, you needed them. Here is my testimony. “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives, Genesis 50:20.”