Daily Devotional – 12/28/17 “Will you have the time?”

She had the house, the finest car and the custom-made clothes. She was top in her graduating class and her business was booming. She vowed to never go back to the place she was raised because it had nothing for her. Sure, she sent money home to her parents but all the siblings had to know it. Sure, she made the occasional calls but it was to brag, never to ask about them. When her mom got sick, she sent flowers. When her sister was losing her house, she sent a check with conditions. She never made time for anybody or anything unless it benefited her, even God. Yes, she joined a church but not to serve, she liked the honorable mentions of being the biggest tithe payer. But then a stroke knocked and it crippled her. The people at the church, they didn’t show up. Her employees, they didn’t come. Her family did. The same parents she hollered at whenever they asked her to come home. The same brother she “didn’t fool with” because of prior drug use, he was there. The sister she called a slut for having two babies out-of-wedlock, she was there. They wiped the mouth that had been so foul. They helped her learn to walk again even though she used to walk all over them. They help with speech therapy, although she never had anything good to say.

One night as she lay in the bedroom she grew up in, trying to find strength to make her left arm move, she cried. Not because of the stroke but because of the space she’d allowed to grow between her and her family. She wanted to hug them but it was hard to do now. So she cried, realizing the money she made didn’t mean nothing because all they wanted was her. She cried because the bragging she did couldn’t bless her, the hating couldn’t heal her and the fancy stuff couldn’t free her. And now, the bible she never read lay stretched open on her nightstand and the God she’d forsaken, she now prayed to; thanking Him for the chance to make things right. She had time because this story isn’t real but what about you? Do you have the time to forgive, forget and make things right? Will you have the time to say “I forgive you,” “I love you,” “I’m sorry” or will your ego keep you from evolving and your pride keep you from offering peace? Will you have the time? Before 2017 closes, will you have the time make it right before you’re weeping to a casket that can’t speak back?

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Daily Devotional – 4/11/14 “Enjoy this Friday!”

It’s Friday so stop fumbling with foolishness and have some fun. Yea, I know you may have some stress about everything but forget about it (for a few hours) and have some fun. You don’t have to be uptight because you’re a Christian, you can have some fun too just don’t get foolish! Yes, you can have a glass of wine but don’t get drunk. You can go dancing at a club but don’t get too turned up that you can’t turn back down. Surround yourself with likeminded folk who won’t judge you for wanting to have fun when they too understand that you don’t have to be a stuck up Christian because you only have to be a Christian. Ecclesiastes 3 says there is a time and place for all things, even to laugh and dance. See, I’ve found that a little stress is necessary because it makes you appreciate the hard work you have to do to get the things that are yours but not enough to send you pass stroke level. Yes, you have bills that are due and your money is few, things that you won’t but your credit can’t get it and you’ve worked 7 days and it seems like you’re paying them when you get paid but don’t give up, hold on! Appreciate this Friday! For the bible says in Proverbs 17:22, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.” Laugh a lot, dance some and then start over again Saturday. Relax and enjoy your children, your spouse, your family and your friends. Stop by someone’s house you haven’t been over in a while and you might just find yourself enjoying the time without spending a dime. Enjoy this Friday!