Friday, December 31, 2010

Looking for 'Free' Money...

Yesterday my wife and I took our oldest kiddo and introduced him to the fun of New York City during the holidays. The City is always full of people but the holiday season is a time like no other. Recently, parts of the city received the blessing of over two feet of snow that made walking an adventure…to say the least.

(SnowMan in Central Park)
New York, NY
Before getting on the Path train in New Jersey, Max said, “Dad, 
I found three lucky pennies.” For the rest of the day, whether walking in the subway tunnels, Central Park, or down 5th Avenue, Max had his head down in observation of the ground beneath him…looking for money.

At the end of the day, he had accumulated $0.71.

Then he said something that got me to thinking.  
He said, “All I had to do was just look around and I got free money. Dad, you’re never going to find any money because all you want to do is go forward.” 
After that statement, he had both my wife and I looking for ‘free money.’

(Max and his 'Free Money')
It never ceases to amaze me how that ‘out of the mouth of babes’ focus and clarity can come to us. 

I mentioned to my wife how that 2011 has me filled with excitement. I don’t know what the future holds, but there is an expectancy for incredible things that are to come with the dawn of this new year. Max gave me a word yesterday that will be my personal theme for 2011. . .Observance. 

I do not want to get so caught up in my own ‘forward’ movements that I don’t focus and observe:
* Am I as close to Christ as I need to be?
* The needs of others around me.
* The blessings I already possess.
* The needs of my own family.

To be an authentic Christ follower, isn’t this what it’s all about? Everywhere His feet trod, there was always an opportunity to benefit someone else.

He may be winding you around to places that make you wonder, but…‘look around.’ You might be missing some blessings lying right beneath your feet. 

(Max in Central Park)
New York, NY
Sorry I have to cut this short. The year of observance starts tomorrow for me…I’ve got to go look for some ‘free’ money. J

Happy 2011 to you and yours!

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Human-Shaped Void

Are you one of those people who, after a busy day of whatever it is you have to do, just like to go home and lock yourself within the confines of your home and hide from the outside world?
Maybe your job description requires you to deal with people all day long, and the last thing you want to do when you get home is stop and talk with a neighbor.

My heart has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of selflessness I’ve heard and read about this Christmas season.
* Children that were not going to have a Christmas have been given the opportunity to experience just that…
* Families who have fell on hard times have been assisted by friends, communities, and churches…

It is one of the things that make Christmas so special. It has a way of pulling the servitude out of us all.

But what about when all the good tidings of comfort and joy are complete and the routine begins again? Do the relationship principles that guide us during Christmas stir a passion to build ‘community’ every day of the year?

John Ortberg said, “…while there is a God-shaped void…according to the writer of Genesis, God creates inside this man a kind of 
human-shaped void’ that God Himself will not fill.“

Scripture says in Genesis that we were created in “…His own image.” Christ is a relational being that created His highest creation to desire not only a relationship with Him…but also to seek after relationship with our fellow man.

In John 13:34-35, Jesus said, “So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. 35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

(Sleeping Ducks - National Mall)
Washington, D.C.
It is imperative to realize the importance of cultivating relationships instead of isolating ourselves to the point where we don’t fulfill His calling on our life. Our relationship with Him may be right where it needs to be…but what about our relationship with others?

Does it only happen around the Holiday season…or are we cultivating the soil of our daily lives by creating encounters to show people that we are His disciples?

Do Life with is the ‘Human-Shaped Void’ that He Himself will not fill.

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Adding On

I used to dig the old western series ‘Gunsmoke.’ Marshall Dillon, 
Miss Kitty, Doc, and Fester would always have some dilemma going on in Dodge City, KS, that would consistently pull me in.

It messed me up to find out that the Dodge City that was depicted on this show was not really in Dodge City.
There was no LongBranch Saloon – No Jail – No Store – No office for Doc upstairs…for it was only a façade. It was just a wooden structure that only made it look real when you watched it. These characters who were so believable were not really sitting in the LongBranch because they were really sitting on a made up set somewhere.

(Jerusalem Mill area)
Bel Air, MD
In this life today, we have so many Christians walking around  mimicking the Gunsmoke set. They only have a front that has no substance behind it. Their lives are only a façade. For this very reason, many cannot afford to be transparent because others would be able to see right through them.

In every facet of our personal lives, we must be about developing something behind that façade. It is the growth of character and the information of who we are endeavoring to become. 
But developing this substance is easier said than done.  

Peter understood this, for in II Peter 1:5-11, he admonished all believers to hasten - jump - don’t delay in adding to your Faith:
Goodness – Knowledge – Self-Control – 
Perseverance – Godliness – Brotherly Kindness – Love.

(Inner Harbor)
Baltimore City, MD
Having a coasting mentality to get to fulfillment in Christ is not going to get the job done. It is like going to buy a new car and you are so infatuated with it that it is no big deal that it doesn’t come with cruise. 
Power windows?? Who needs those. 
Then the new wears off and it begins to become more and more frustrating that these ‘add-ons’ did not come with your new car.

(Unfinished home)
Bel Air, MD

In this walk with Christ, there is no way to experience salvation and then simply coast our way into eternity by never adding on to what He has already done for us.

For after the new wears off:
- Of our marriages: The lovey dovey feeling is gone.
- Of our jobs: The increase in pay doesn’t balance having to put up with that situation.
- Of our church: We are no longer the first time guests where everyone is hanging all over us.
- Of our walk with Christ: when we find out that God doesn’t always answer and handle our needs the way we think He should.

Peter summed it up well in II Peter 1:8-10: 
8For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.
10Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall,

Grow and add some substance behind what everyone else sees – if you do, you will never fall.

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Monday, December 13, 2010

If only HE had the chance...

Throughout my life, there have been moments where this statement would pass through my mind when I saw an opportunity….
”If only I had the chance”. 

If only I had the chance. If someone would just provide us with the opportunity, we would prove our worthiness of the faith others had put in us.

I have thought a lot lately about how God must feel this way toward us. Can you imagine your Creator watching you step out into a situation that is based solely upon the faith and trust that you have in Him…only to see you stop short of that final step because of doubt? In other words, we never give Him the ‘chance’ to prove His faithfulness and promises to us.

(Red Berries)
Forest Hill, MD
He said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’
He said, ‘I will supply all your needs according to my riches in glory.’
He said, ‘With me, nothing is impossible.’
He said, ‘My grace is sufficient for you.’

And yet, we don’t give Him the chance to prove any of this because we limit ourselves to our own personal safe zone. It is no wonder that it is difficult to find ‘time’ to pray. So many hurting individuals and those who are less fortunate cannot find the help they so desperately seek because too many Christians are living within the confines of their personal safety zones. We prove our lack of faith in Christ because the faith we have is bottled up in the belief in our own flesh.

Washington, D.C.
John Henry Jowett (English minister) once said, “It is possible to evade a multitude of sorrows through the cultivation of an insignificant life. Indeed, if a man's ambition is to avoid the troubles of life, the recipe is simple: shed your ambitions in every direction, cut the wings of every soaring purpose, and seek a life with the fewest contacts and relations. If you want to get through the world with the smallest trouble, you must reduce yourself to the smallest compass.”

If you’ve been ‘given to’ by God…don’t bury that treasure of faith and trust in Him. Get out of your own space and let the world see you walking by faith and not by sight. Give Him a chance to prove that HE IS and that HE CAN.

If only He had the chance…

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Friday, December 10, 2010


I love days when I feel free of sin, negativity, and habits. 
On those days, my purpose in Christ is clear and I can’t do enough to fulfill my mission.  But with more experience and understanding of how life works, I am noticing a disturbing trend in my personal life. I can gain what I feel is ‘freedom’ from a thought, a habit, or some negative feeling…and then out of nowhere, I continue to be blindsided by the same things over and over again. 

Pastor Wade - WOL Community
Forest Hill, MD
Have you ever wondered why many of our negative habits and recurring obstacles show back up time and time again? It is as if a consistent ‘thorn” has yet to be removed from our side, and we have only covered it with medication for a short period of time. And living in this flesh, we can rest assured that these “thorns” will rise back to the top when we least expect it.

Do we ever truly remove them?

I had a scripture that came to my mind from II Corinthians 3:17: “…and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom (liberty).” In reality, most of these ‘thorns’ chain us to sinful thoughts, habits, and obstacles.
If, while living in this flesh, the battle to suppress this stuff will always be there…then where does freedom from it lie?

(Max @ Rock's State Park)
Jarrettsville, MD
Anytime I have had these ‘thorns’ rise back up to the top, I can always trace it back to a lack of time with God. I have allowed myself to become complacent and not remain focused on keeping His presence alive in my everyday life. For “…where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom (liberty).” 

And, according to scripture, 
His presence is found in the praises of His people. We praise Him not only in corporate settings with church attendance, but we praise Him by: 
* Having daily conversation with Him
* Digesting His Word
* Living a life of sacrifice…by taking up our cross and following Him.

Want to consistently suppress those aggravating thorns that blindside you?  Keep a fresh touch of the Spirit of the Lord surrounding you. Because where He is – there IS freedom.

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Monday, December 6, 2010

Study & Listen

While enjoying last nights’ Sunday night game-of-the-week between the Pittsburg Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens, analyst Chris Collinsworth made a statement that immediately caught my attention. He was describing the way that the 15-year-veteran linebacker Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens goes about his craft. 
First of all, when anyone discusses how Ray Lewis goes about doing anything, it is always interesting to me. It appears that whatever he does is with passion and a purpose that not many people have.

Chris Collinsworth said, “Ray Lewis watches game film like a coach does. But he listens like a rookie.” In other words, it is like having a coach on the field who is still willing to be taught.

(Bel Air Terps)
Bel Air, MD
If you have watched very much football, you know that Ray Lewis is not afraid to talk. He expresses a lot of emotions to get a point across to his teammates as well as the fans in attendance. But I also see in him a desire to learn more and get better.

II Timothy 2:15 does say, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God…”But this same Bible also says in Matthew 13:9: “Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”

So many have become stunted in their growth and knowledge all because of this common disease called, “I-know-ALL-I-need-to-Know-ism.”

I’ve been there. I’ve done that. I’ve got everything under control and figured out. Hear is a news flash: NO, YOU DON’T. While experience is a great teacher, and the older we get the more we learn - you can never learn it all.

(Abandoned Metal Decorating Co.)
Baltimore City, MD
There are NEW methods and NEW opportunities awaiting this generation. We must prepare and be ready to be approved by God in order to receive His blessing…But we must also listen to God and to past, present, and future generations.

Stop being selfish with your knowledge. When you do that, all you are doing is stockpiling all that information in your brain where nothing else can get in. Let it out and make room for what you are going to learn from all that is around you.

Include a listening ear with your preparation and study…no telling how Great you might become!!

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Friday, December 3, 2010


In Matthew 4:19, Jesus says, “…Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” He was directing this statement toward two fishermen by the names of Simon called Peter, and Andrew, his brother.
This statement has echoed down through the annals of time to every individual who has ever given their lives to the cause of Christ. His mission, His purpose, and His passion must be the driving force behind all we are and do.

The fine line that we must be so careful of is that we do not become so consumed with His cause, that we forget His desire. His cause is to reach others who do not know Him – but His ultimate desire is relationship with us.

(Reminder from 'Sam')
While His mission is vital to why we follow Him, we cannot forget the importance of first following Him. Could it be that we have become so consumed with fishing for men (mission), while in reality, God is fishing for communion with us (relationship)?

We must never forget that it is HE who will make us fishers of men – not our own abilities and talents. Scripture did not say that Peter and Andrew…straightway left their nets and immediately became fishers of men. It said in vs. 19, ‘they straightway left their nets, and followed HIM.’  He is the one who makes us into what we are supposed to be. Our commandment is to simply…Follow.

- Not the latest trend.
- Not the ‘coolest’ churches.
- Not the ‘guy or gal’ who has it going on.
- Not what someone else says or does.


Christ. Period.

(Conowingo Dam Area)
(Street, MD)
May we never become so consumed with our mission that we forget about His desire for relationship with His children. Just follow.

Matthew 6:33
Seek the kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need. (NLT)

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Two Words

I have grown to appreciate more than every before Luke 1:37. This verse of scripture starts with two words that are finally beginning to sink into the fibers of my being. They are two words that, if completely grasped, can revolutionize the way we exist and ignite our passions, dreams, and our futures.

With God...

This verse of scripture goes on to say that nothing shall be impossible. 
In other words, when God is with me, then there is nothing / nada / zero that is not possible for me to accomplish and have. 

(WWII Memorial)
(Washington, D.C.)
Scripture goes on and on…
Matthew 28:20: “…I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.”
Deuteronomy 31:8: “Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; He will neither fail you nor abandon you.”
Psalm 23:4: Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for You are close beside me. Your rod and Your staff protect and comfort me.

To your situation, can you say it?
With your back against the wall, can you say it?
To your marriage that seems to be falling apart, can you say it?
To the job that you can’t seem to find, can you say it?

(Country Road)
(Forest Hill, MD)
Is it to good to be true? Can these two words really be the answer to my dilemma?

(Deer Creek U.M.C.)
(Forest Hill, MD)
Why not give them a try?
This 'thing' standing in front of me is just too insurmountable...

I realize our marriage appears to be crumbling before us...

I don’t see how we are going to make it financially…

“With God…” all things are possible. Believe.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Most individuals take this week to focus upon everything that they have to be thankful for. We make our list and count our blessings for family, friends, and what we have. While we think about what we have to be thankful for – have we ever flipped the question over and thought, ‘what do we really have to be unthankful for?’

(Grass near Conowingo Rd)
(Forest Hill, MD)
We would never admit it, but our mindset proves at times that we are not truly thankful. I have caught myself on many occasions questioning the motives of God. When the bad days come and we no longer can control things around us, we fail to realize many times the ‘gifts’ these moments are. It is in these instances that God prunes us and truly builds our faith. But are we thankful for them? Do we have a heart of thanksgiving toward the master when He guides our path toward our personal cross?

There is a story of ten lepers found in Luke 17 that Jesus healed. He told them to go and show themselves to the priest so that they could enter back into society.
On the way to do what God commanded, one of them had an epiphany. He began to remember the disease that had filled his body. He was flooded with the memory of this long period of separation from family and friends. And he stopped.

(Downtown Baltimore City)
While the rest of the crowd continued on…he stopped right in the middle of the road and said I must go back. I must go back and give thanks to the one who made this possible. I don’t have time to be ‘unthankful’.

After the festivities of the holidays are complete and life hits again, don’t get caught up in the questions, the worries, and uncertainties…
In reality, ‘what do we really have to be unthankful for?’

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

I am NOT a judge

We have all heard the statement, “All the Jesus some people ever see, is you.” Many never walk inside the doors of a church or attend any type of discipleship function, so the only witness they have is the ‘everyday’ lives of those who claim to be Christians.

(Federal Hill area)
(Baltimore City, MD)
In recent conversations, I have witnessed a disturbing trend in the remarks from many who do not claim to be Christ followers. Instead of seeing a compassionate, caring Christ…all they are seeing is the judgment seat of Christ. 
It has become so easy in much of Christendom to appoint ourselves judge and jury over the lives of others, simply for the reason that they are not living up to our standard of righteousness.

* Ministers judge other ministers…when they should be about the Father’s business.
* Christians judge other Christians…when they should be unselfishly giving out love to all who will receive it.
* Sinners judge the church…because we haven’t given them a reason not to.

(Bel Air, MD)
Scripture speaks plainly: “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven. Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back. 
(Luke 6:37-38 NLT)

Some day soon, every creature will stand before our creator to be judged. There is no getting around that moment that will come to each of us. Christ is the ONLY one worthy enough to be the righteous judge when that day comes. Yet, at this moment in time His grace abides for all…

So why do more and more individuals not come running to the feet of this great God?
I’m coming to grips with the fact that they must not be seeing the kind of God they should see in me.

(Park Bench)
(Bel Air, MD)

We need to get out of the chair that is reserved one day for the righteous judge and take back up our cross of humility and follow Him. When that moment truly happens in our lives, then we too will see the world again through loving – caring – compassionate eyes.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Fartlek Training

In running, there is a training method called fartlek. 
(No, it’s not what you’re thinking… J)

Fartlek training is a method used to enhance a runner’s speed and endurance. During your run, you would rotate between slow jogging paces to that of faster segments. Doing this back and forth during recent workouts, I have noticed it truly is accomplishing what it says it will. I’ve noticed my endurance levels increasing somewhat…
(and soreness)!

(Runners in Inner Harbor)
(Baltimore City, MD)
I began to wonder recently what would my spiritual life become if I made it a point to daily go through some spiritual fartlek training. Most of the time in these physical workouts, you have five minutes of a slow jogging pace…then kick in for one minute at a faster pace until you can carry that faster pace for longer periods. So many of us started out with Christ at a set pace, and have never become passionate enough to increase our endurance and strength for this journey. 

* Just getting by in our relationship with Him has become good enough.
* Having a normal marriage is okay.
* We have accepted that the problems of the world are never going to change.
* We have settled for the belief - ‘this is the way things are always going to be in my life.’

Why not shake up the routine and begin today with some spiritual fartlek?

Take five minutes today…and passionately pray for your marriage.
Take a minute or two…and pick up the phone to let someone know you care.
Take a couple hours out of your week…and dedicate it to making someone else’s life better.
Take an evening out of your busy schedule…and do life with your family.

Change the pace. Mess up the routine. You will find that your walk with God becomes stronger and you are able to endure more when the hills get hard to climb.

(Wild Berries)
(Forest Hill, MD)

Let’s get up from the couch.
Off the computer.
Away from the television.
Take a break from business.

Shock the world around you by……changing the pace. 

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Monday, November 15, 2010


There is nothing quite like beginning your day with rush hour traffic. While dealing with hundreds of cars all headed in the same direction, there will be what is called ‘bottlenecks.’ This is the area where other highways are merging together causing traffic to come to an incredibly slow crawl.

(Conowingo Dam)
(Street, MD)
What drives me crazy, and is quite comical at the same time, are those who change lanes thinking they will get where they are going…faster. I watch them go from one lane to the next, cutting in and out, frustrating the drivers all around them. And when all is said and done and the traffic begins to flow again, they (along with us) have reached where we were all headed to no faster than the ones who simply stayed in the lane they were in.

(Baltimore City, MD)
I’ve watched so many individuals live their lives this way. They are constantly looking over their shoulder, back and forth, wondering if the ‘traffic’ is moving at a quicker pace in the next lane. Then they decide to quickly jump over and try the other lane…that soon begins to slow down also. All they’ve done is develop an attitude of ‘don’t-care’ as to who they cut off or jump in front of, and act as if they wish everyone would just get out of their way so they could get ‘there’.

(Inner Harbor)
(Baltimore City, MD)
We must remember that God has us all in the ‘lane’ we are in, going the speed we are going…for a reason. If we are not careful, the frustration resulting from  an attitude of impatience will consume us, causing us to wonder what life is like in the other lane.

All you are going to do is frustrate others around you…not to mention, the effects that come with not keeping your eyes focused where they should be. Be encouraged…stay in your lane. You will get there when Christ decides to open up the bottleneck. 

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Playing Mind Games

Timothy Fuller once said, “Life is just a series of trying to make up your mind.”  

On so many occasions, it is difficult just to make a decision and then disregard the consequences that come along with it. We often blame our mind games on anyone other than who really is the guilty party. The only one playing mind games with us is…us.

(Bel Air Split)
(Bel Air, MD)
Surmising things that aren’t really there can give birth to ideas that lead us to places we need not have gone. Bitterness, regret, and indecisiveness can plague us if we allow these games to have a playground in our heads.

The problem I so often have is whenever I try NOT to think about something, it gets trapped in my mind. Dan Wegner, a Harvard psychologist said, “The mind appears to search, unconsciously and automatically, for whatever thought, action, or emotion the person is trying to control. … This ironic monitoring process can actually create the mental contents for which it is searching.” 

(Loch Raven Road)
(Baltimore, MD)
If we battle with any negative idea or occurrence in our personal lives, the battle to control these things in our minds become immeasurably more difficult when we say we are not going to think about them. This is where I have come to grips with the importance of not comparing ourselves to anyone else. Scripture simply says that if you do this, then “you are not wise.”

(Aliceanna Street)
(Inner Harbor - Baltimore, MD)

If we begin comparing ourselves to others, then in our minds we think:
* We will never be good enough.
* We can never have a marriage like them.
* My creativity will never measure up.
* I will never be able to overcome this habit.

Or on the flip side:
* I’m so much more capable than them.
* No one else can do it like me.
* I’m better than...

Arrogance begins to set in.

Stop surmising that you have it all together because…you don’t.
Stop believing that others are better than you because…they’re not.

The enemy is not greater than your God. And God has not given you a spirit of fear…but of power, love, and a sound mind. The mind games going on in our heads is not the enemy’s fault…we are doing it to ourselves. God help us to have a clear mind, a pure heart, and an unbridled passion so that His purpose can be complete in us.  

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Utility Players

With the recent conclusion of this years’ World Series, I am amazed once again at the value found in ‘utility players.’ Utility players hardly ever seem to receive the accolades they so deserve. The individuals on a team who fill these roles are never the star players…they don’t get the headlines that others do…but without them a team would never win a championship.

If you need a 3rd baseman…they can do it.
Need a shortstop…count them in.
What about someone to play in the outfield for an injured teammate…they have it covered.

(Federal Hill)
(Baltimore City, MD)
Why is it that leadership overlooks utility players while trying to build a team? Utility players are a must if a team is going to be successful. They are people who are able to fill just about any role needed - whether in a church, a business, or organization…and yet, they are often invisible because many people are star-struck.

Management tends to always go after the ‘stars’ to fill their lineup. Star lineups can draw a crowd, but there are very few instances where they have been a good enough ‘team’ to win it all by themselves. Many owners and coaches will gather the best of the best to put on ‘their’ team, while capable and willing utility players move on to another place where they can be of use. Sometimes you never know what or who you’ve got until it is no longer there. Believe me, I’ve learned this one the hard way.

(Red Door @ Federal Hill)
(Baltimore City, MD)
To every leader, look within for those who might be invisible to you. That one utility player might just be the missing link to the success God desires to send your way. You never know...they might just become your MVP?

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Thursday, November 4, 2010


Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

The word diligently struck a chord in me recently while listening to a sermon that used this verse. I began to peruse through the Bible later to find scriptures with this word used in it. I came across one that literally felt like it came off the page at me.

(Bel Air Split)
(Bel Air, MD)
 Proverbs 12:27 - "Lazy people don’t even cook the game they catch, but the diligent make use of everything they find."

Why this one? The reason this verse was highlighted in my mind was because of the moments in my life that have proven me to be lazy. How ironic it was this morning for me to read this from Seth Godin’s blog entitled “Laziness”…where he described laziness in today’s world as something much different than ‘physical’ labor. In today’s world, we are becoming more and more fearful of taking that leap of faith due to the emotional labor you will have to expend.

(Deer Creek Methodist Church)
(Forest Hill, MD)
Dreams are so much fun (in most cases).

We sometimes dream of…
* a better job
* living in a different place
* having a better marriage
* having a closer relationship with Christ
* taking a leap of faith

…but before we ever consider actually taking one step toward doing something about it, we bury those dreams - fearful of the emotional toll we know it will have on us. Really doing something to fulfill our dreams might cost us control…security…a few friends…and for those reasons, we become lazy.

True dreamers do something about what they have ‘caught.’ True dreamers act with diligence upon what they see through spiritual eyes.

(Inner Harbor)
(Baltimore City, MD)
Evaluate who you are today. Have you become emotionally lazy with your dreams, fearing what it will cost you?  Remember, God cursed the servant who went out and buried his talent. The other two were given double in return because they weren’t lazy with what God gave them. 

What are you doing with your dream today?

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Change. Change. Change. I have heard this word for the past few months in commercials, read about it in newspapers, and viewed it on the internet. Every politician from Constables to the United States Senate called for change. “We cannot stand four more years of what has been happening. Can you believe in these past four years that so-and-so has raised your taxes? Did you also know that so-and-so has been taking these funds and doing this?” So much negative is thrown around in the world of politics to simply get votes to bring about…
a change that never happens.

(St. Ignatius Cemetary)
(Forest Hill, MD)
In four more years, these same politicians will be back, mud-slinging and talking about another ‘change’ that needs to happen in our nation.

We gripe, we vote (thank God for our forefathers who gave us this right…and we should vote!), we give our opinions…but in so many ways, we are just like them. I have been so guilty of talking a good game, but when the necessary change needs to take place in my life, I often cave in. These words: ‘integrity, morality, and convictions’ have a tendency to be displaced in our life in the heat of the battle. We set out to do so much good and bring about change in our world, but when the tough decisions to ‘put up or shut up’ come, we cave in and play the ‘it’s-not-worth-it’ card.

(Loch Raven Dam - Restricted area)
(Baltimore, MD)
Change is needed. Integrity…morality…honor…convictions…all these need to be at the forefront of our lives. They need to be given more time in our lives than just lip service because anyone can talk about them, but doing them...?

What are we doing to prove it?
…in our relationships
…within our families
…on the job
…in our churches
…in our personal lives?

Scripture said, “For God so loved the world that He gave.” 
The decision to trudge forward in the face of adversity when He could have easily said, “It’s not worth it”, has brought about a change in peoples lives’ that is still reshaping things today. 

(Country Road)
(Forest Hill, MD)
If you really want the right kind of change, then stop talking about it…and do something. 

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