Daily Devotional – 1/23/17 “Unsubscribe!”

When I got to work this morning, I was going through my emails and just like any other day, there were numerous ones from companies I’d one time or another associated with. You know how you sign up to get discounts or to stay in the know and now all you get is daily reminders from a place you probably don’t even shop at anymore. You delete them only for more to show up the next day with a new offer you don’t read or need. Well today was one of the days I am tired of going through them so I began unsubscribing. Yea, I unsubscribed from their junk. They’ll still send it but I’ll no longer get it. This made me think of life, naturally and spiritually. See, so many times we associate with people and things not realizing we’re signing up to receive their junk. We get attached and before you know it, you’ll start receiving more and more of their junk and less of the stuff you need. And by the time you recognize it, you’ll be just like me, tired! Well beloved, I have the remedy and it’s called un-subscribing. Yes ma’am and yes sir! It’s time you cut off some stuff that’s no longer beneficial to your way of living.

If you’re trying to save money, unsubscribe from all those stores you once shopped in. If you’re trying to get your spiritual mind together, cut off those friends who only need you when they want company to a party or bar. If you know it’s a temptation for you, cut it off. If you’re trying to stop smoking or drinking, it’s time to unsubscribe from the nicotine companies and liquor stores. If you’re trying to overcome sexual addiction then come out of the chat rooms and porn sites. If you want to stop cheating, cut off the relationships in your inbox. And if you want to get closer to God, remove yourself from the mess that’s blocking your way. Your marriage/relationship won’t work if you stay subscribed to the person who has never been in one. If you want your spiritual relationship to work, stop listening to the person who continually church/pastor hop. Look, I am not telling you to cut off everybody and everything but what I am sharing is this … reevaluate whether the subscription still meets your needs because you may just find that who or what worked last year no longer fits this year.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2

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Daily Devotional – 10/6/16 “What’s your reality?”

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Why do we spend so much time trying to prove our happiness to people, who probably don’t care anyway, yet we spend no time building a foundation of hope in God. Why do we work so hard to show devotion to people, who will let you down but has yet to be devoted to the God of infinite chances? Why do we have to put up a front just to be accepted yet we won’t fight for the Father? I’m only asking because I’m curious to know. Think about it. We get so wrapped up in what people think of us that we’ll spend the majority of our time ensuring we ‘post’ better than how we actually live. A person will spend time taking thirty selfies just to get the right one to share. You’ll portray to the world your happiness but in the confines of your home you can’t eat for drinking tears. Always smiling yet dying spiritually. Consistently posting your happy life when it’s far from the truth. In reality, you’re living with a monster but you don’t want the world to know you messed up in YOUR choosing. In reality, you’re one missed check from being homeless but you put up a bold front to keep up with ‘them.’ In reality, your pillow is actually a sponge, soaking up the many nights of tears you’ve cried just to go to sleep. In reality, if your walls could talk. In reality, if the inside of your car could tell the truth. In reality, you’re one pill away from suicide because depression has depressed your faith. Scared to really live because then you’d have to own up to who you really are. Scared to step out of the shadow of your momma because it may break her heart. Scared to live in your truth because somebody may not be able to accept it.

But baby, how’s that working for you? When will you come out of that prison of bondage? When will you take off the mask in order for us to meet the real you? When will you own your truth? Yes, it’s hard but aren’t you tired of running, hiding and being a fraud? Aren’t you tired of painting the picture morning after morning only to have to remove it night after night? Ask yourself this question and then answer it truthfully. What is your reality? In my reality, I am who I am because I know whose I am. I’m a preacher who isn’t accepted by everybody (that doesn’t bother me), a wife whose marriage wasn’t always good, a mother with children who disappoint me occasionally, an adult who took years to build decent credit, from a large dysfunctional family that’ll fight and then eat together in the same hour, a girl who still sometimes curse but will shut down when mad, one whose feelings get hurt easily but you wouldn’t know it, I have tattoos (and want more), I love shoes but don’t like to shop, I’ll give you my last without wanting anything in return, I’m a thick, confident chic though some say it’s cockiness and I love the Lord with my whole heart and I’ll tell a dying world. Yes, I have flaws, plenty of them but they don’t determine who I am. I have a past yet it doesn’t stop who I am now. This is my reality, what’s yours?