"Am I willing to risk all that I have for this message? Would I be willing to stand alone for this message? Or, would I even be willing to lose my life for it?"
*The photograph above is of the late Fred Hampton.
I woke up this morning, in a deep pondering about what exactly this blog’s purpose should be. This thought led to prayer, and this prayer led to this.
So, why haven’t I been on?
Good people. First and foremost, I want to say thanks to everyone who takes the time to read my blog posts. Especially to those of you who have been consistent and day-1 supporters of this thing of ours. I take your support very seriously. Granted, I know we aren’t at “Google” status with this; however, support at any level must be treasured and I want you to know that your support is valued immensely.
“Lord, if there is any reason why I shouldn’t have this conversation, I pray you’ll make it clear. And if I should, I pray you’ll guide my mouth."
So, I’ve been thinking (uh oh) on a subject that I’m not quite sure I’m fully convinced of. In other words, even as of this writing, I’m not 100% sure of exactly where I stand on this issue. However, I’m confident that as I progress further in this writing, I’ll work things out via my prayerfully guided and Spirit-led, typed expression (just a complex way of saying, “Jesus, take the wheel”).
So, with that all of that great pressure on my back, let’s get started.
Sure, there are Christians who avoid and despise gossip, but there’s a reason why the Bible addresses the topic.
Pookie infamously said, “it be callin' me, man... I just got to go to it!” (PSA: if you’re a reader of this blog and you don’t know who ‘Pookie’ is, don’t worry about it.) Now, when he made this statement, he was referring to crack cocaine. However, I believe that there are many that would make the same statement about something non-narcotic, but just as addictive.
"You see, I’m learning that if I can create consistent, healthy habits, then the desired results will naturally and eventually come my way."
I know, I know, I know. It’s been a while, I know. And, I’m sorry for the gap, I really am. However, I think you’ll be glad to know that I’ve been gone dealing with some good stuff. I went on vacation to Texas to marry my niece, I joined our youth counselors to take our youth group to the Florida State Youth for Christ Conference (and I’m thankful to God that they did an awesome job), and I had my sister’s family and kids over for the 4thof July.
But, enough of all of that… I’m glad to be back.
I’ve made up my mind that I won’t quit. I’m going to continue to challenge myself in those two areas, even if I never reach my desired goal in life (Fact: one of the hardest truths I’ve ever typed).
Fitness and schedules.
Those two menaces are admittedly my proverbial Achilles’s heels. Naturally, if you’ve been following this blog for a while, I’m assured you knew that already. I’ve battled with creating a habit of exercising and maintaining a productive work routine for some time and I’ll admit that I’ve seen more failure than success.
"Therefore, when I pray, I pray knowing that WHATEVER I ask for, God can do it. However, I also accept that He has the right to do a new thing, if that thing is best thing."
Okay, so roll with me on this.
In my head, I imagine an average person on the street, playing basketball against LeBron James. While, he’s playing this person (still in my mind) I see him looking at the guy crazy for not knowing how to make an uncontested lay-up. I envision that he’d be like, “Dude, (in my head LeBron says “dude”) that’s like the easiest part of the game. Who can’t make a layup?!”
"I believe one of the many factors that ignites a bout with mental illness in the latter years in life, is one’s inability, ignorance, or outright refusal to properly process pain and grief."
So, on the date of this writing I received a call from a very wonderful soul. She was in a state of mourning because the date of her dialing me, was the birthday of her dearly departed.
"I have the power to change, improve, overcome, and win in Christ Jesus. After all, I am more than a conqueror (cf. Romans 8:37)."
Yesterday, I had to remind myself of a very important fact. A fact that is as old as it is dependable and as dependable, as it is necessary. It’s not a flashy point. In fact, it’s very blunt and direct. However, if you receive it, IT can change your life.
Are you ready for it? Okay, here goes:
“I’m trying hard, but I keep falling and after a while, I’m going to start feeling like my worship is worthless.”
Loosely based on a true story.
So, I was talking to a real good friend of mine, and he was sharing with me some of his struggles with sin. As he shared, I remembered being proud of him for his willingness to admit his error. I was honored that he entrusted me with his failings and I was in awe of his maturity and willingness of transparency.
Kevin D. Jones, Sr.
I'm just an imperfect guy, serving a Perfect God, and doing my best to share Him with everyone I can.