Daily Devotional – 10/27/17 “Authorized personnel only!”

During annual healthcare enrollment, here at work, there is a wellbeing survey that can be taken to have extra money added to the HRA account. Each spouse can do it, independently. I’ve completed mine but my husband’s account has to be reset so I called. Unfortunately, the rep said, we will need to speak with him and he can add you as an authorized user. As I prepared to send him a text with all the information, my thoughts shifted and I began thinking … how many folks are making changes to your life and they aren’t even authorized users? Think about it for a moment and honestly ask yourself this question because you may just have to face a harsh reality. Yes, I know they make you feel good but are they worthy of authorization? Yes, they can slide you a few bucks to get your hair done but are they worthy of holding a position of authority? Yes, the times they do show up, they show up but can they handle the responsibility of being an authorized user?

Look, if you don’t trust them enough to give them access to the Regions, AT&T or Comcast account neither will they be called in the case of emergency, why in the ‘hello’ are they privy to your stuff? Beloved, you have to stop giving temporary folk, permanent folk privileges. And you have to stop giving folk the power of authority when all they are capable of handling is the job of consulting. You do realize consultants have a contract that comes to an end, right? What I am saying is this, be mindful of those who’ve you listed as authorized users on your account of life because they may just make changes you are not ready for or can handle. As a matter of fact, they may even make changes they had no business and/or sound mind to be making in the first place. This is why you may have to tell folk, “This is a restricted area only accessible by authorized personnel,” because the bible says, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” – Proverbs 4:23

Daily Devotional – 6/19/15 “Spiritual protection!”

Every 90 days I have to change the password on my computer at work for security purposes. If you do online banking and even with social media accounts, it is recommended that you change your passwords often in order to keep folk from hacking into your accounts and messing stuff up. It is also recommended that you have a security system on your home to ruin any attempts by robbers who try to enter your home to steal that which you’ve worked hard for. It is often recommended that you have insurance on your possessions and even your life, in the event something happens; you’re protected. Yet, I wonder why we don’t guard our spiritual lives in this way. Oh, it’s recommended but we just don’t do it. What do I mean? I’m glad you asked. See, every now and then you need to change the password to your circle which means you need to reevaluate who you’re hanging around. Yea, if you’re on the straight and narrow path and doing what you should be doing on your destiny walk; as you’re elevated, everybody won’t be elevated with you – you need to change the password. Don’t you know by now that you are blessed by the folk you’re around? Oh, you didn’t? Well, Psalm 1:1-2 says, “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night.”

What else? Well, you need to secure your home. No, I don’t mean the physical home you live in but I mean your temple, your body. 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 says, “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.” What’s in that temple? Your heart and it’s the most precious part of you because Proverbs 21:2 says God weighs a man by his heart. 1 Samuel 16:7 says man looks at the appearance but God looks at the heart and Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” What else? Protect and value your life. Life is precious and should be counted as such. And if you’re a born again sinner, you’ve been given a second chance to live, make it count even the more. Don’t take it for granted by allowing it to go to waste. Guard it like you do your purse when you walk into unfamiliar territory. Guard it like you do your wife when you’re in a bad area of town. Guard it like you do your car when you park at the grocery store and you don’t want a grocery cart to hit it. Guard it like you do all the other meaningless materialistic stuff that can be replaced because life can’t be. Protect your spirituality like you do everything else. Sometimes we make passwords that we can’t even remember (trying to keep other folks out). Protect it like it’s sacred enough to break but not sacred enough not to share. Live a life that is pleasing unto God and He’ll repay you for your effort. It’s about your effort and evidences not your earnings! It’s about your living, loving and laboring not your lying, lusting and what you’ve lost! Protect your spirituality because folk need to see it in you. It’s your job to help save those who are lost. Do your part ma’am, sir!