We are all Beautiful, When we are not being Ugly

After a recent set of personal events and individual observations,  I resolve that some people could use a review on what it means to love.

Due to past or current hurt and lack of present or future hope many of God’s beautiful creation are just plain mean and ugly to their brothers and sisters.  If you share in my sentiments,  you may understand why  this brings me great sadness.

As a lover and one whose goal is to radiate God’s sunshine, I seem to bump heads with the ideas of those who are so regimented in rule-following without concern for how individuals involved may be negatively impacted or bound by decisions made.

Thinking on this notion,  I impress upon the world today to think. Before you take any action step that might impact another, ask yourself are you operating out of place of love. Remember in Christ, we are freed from the law, so never allow your focus to shift so much towards trying to follow all the rules. Keep in mind that there are so many in place in this world that you are bound to offend one, while trying to keep the other.

On that note, “Love is patient, love is kind…” and more as grounded in 1 Corinthians 13. So go ahead be in love and try on some love today.

Be blessed!


The Amazing Race! A Testament to God’s Amazing Grace: Shannon’s Story

This evening marked an eventful moment on this amazing quest I have been privileged to journey on by Almighty God! My daily experiences have been so remarkable that I have no choice other than to call this “The Amazing Race”.

I have been privileged to meet so many phenomenal people on my journey with God and this story is dedicated to one who touched my heart in such a profound way that I am certain my life has been impacted forever.

This story is about my new friend Shannon who is a seminarian at the Candler School of Theology. Shannon is known by his infectious smile, and seemingly ever-permanent positive demeanor. Shannon is one of those remarkable individuals whose personality shines so brightly that it lights up an entire room the moment his feet hit the floor.

Well, I had the privilege of walking on a brisk cold evening with Shannon along with another friend, Ruth. Engaged in conversation, Shannon explained that he was parked at the hospital and we would need to walk a little ways to get to his car. Thankful that Shannon was willing to drive Ruth and I to our car which was too far away for a comfortable walk, Ruth and I had no complaints here.
I did ask if parking was more reasonable at the hospital versus the other lot. Shannon replied, “no I don’t think so, but it works out that I have to come over here in between classes for chemo and God worked it out as such that I get validated parking here.” Ruth and Shannon chuckle. I force myself to mimic their chuckles as well while I am looking at Shannon, a middle-aged white male, tall in stature with a graying full head of hair as exuberant as ever. My first assumption is that perhaps he means that he ministers to those undergoing chemotherapy, but Shannon never says this. I, then, wait some more for him to say, “Just kidding” and he never does. Whew..Shannon’s offering has completely floored Ruth and me as we are instantaneously reminded of how small our problems are and that we don’t have a thing to complain about. Shannon even shared that his hair recently grew back.

The remainder of our walk and car ride is centered on meaningful conversation and intimate sharing. I can vividly recall Shannon’s take on parenting and how fast children grow up and how “a good portion of life is just bull-shit distractions; there are very rare moments of meaningfulness because we are taught by society to focus on things that do not matter.” Did I mention that Shannon commutes from Athens to attend the Candler School of Theology (one hour and 45 minutes drive) and for his treatments?
Once we truly comprehend the fullness of God and understand better how to focus on things above, we will then realize what things are completely invaluable in our day-to-days and how it is important to pursue these moments alone.

To God Be the Glory for the things He has done!

I pray that you will be inspired…I know I have.

Just Me & Her: Navigating Your Way Through a Period of Isolation

There is something to be said about basking in the presence of God.

As you pursue Christ more, the more your relationship with Him strengthens. The more your relationship strengthens, the more you recognize the need to be able to hear from Him and Him only through the Holy Spirit. To hear from Him only requires that you be isolated from others at times. This period of isolation may seem strange at first to the individual undergoing this change, but after a while you become accustomed to it. Once you accept it, then other individuals begin to receive it. This may cause some individuals, particularly relatives and close friends or even acquaintances, who are familiar with getting your time as requested to perceive you as becoming “stand offish.”

During the beginning phases of this season, one may feel the need to be on “damage control patrol”, as if a 1000 excuses will make outsiders understand better or even care more about your absence from their life. During a more progressive phase, you will learn that the opinions of others have no place in your journey with God. In other words, nothing is more important than pursuing that which the Holy Spirit is calling for you to pursue. Absolutely, nothing. It can be a request from your mother or grandmother, but you still must not allow it to draw a wedge between you and your Heavenly Father. It can be an urging from your current source of revenue, but you must keep it in perspective that your Heavenly Father holds even your job, in His hands.

This means that you have no time to worry about your situation, your circumstance, or any ill-perceptions that others may have of you. When you know that you are in the will of God, you must stand firm in knowing that everything will work out for your good because you love the Lord and are called according to His purpose. See Romans 8:28!

For we know that the Lord tells us In Jeremiah 33:3 that we must call to Him and he will answer us and He will tell us things that we cannot know. Well I assure you in this loud world, it is almost impossible to hear from God, if you won’t spend quiet time alone with Him. Don’t worry about being lonely. I promise being in the presence of Almighty God, our gentle Father, is far more comforting than being in the presence of any man or woman.

So go ahead, do that thing that he has been urging you to do. Study to show yourself approved. Get to work, for there is much of it for you to do. Oh won’t you be used by Him today?! There is a marvelous journey ahead. So walk it out already!
Be blessed.