Waste Not, Want Not

Posted on October 7, 2009. Filed under: Communication, Glory | Tags: , , , |

As we wake up every day, we should consider whether or not we are fully utilizing all that we have been blessed with in our lives. If we don’t, we may end up lacking what seems to be essential to us later on. Our culture conveys the impression that we tend to desire more than we require to sustain ourselves. I believe that most of us already know this to be true and would agree with my perception. We live in a society where we “throw away and dispose” of almost everything because we would rather buy new than use what is still left in our cupboard. Regardless of what aspect or material of our life we are discussing, we tend to not use all of it’s resources. The leftovers that we accumulate in our lives at some point become discarded, due to our lack of interest in them, desire for new, or because we are compelled to procure something fresh and pristine. My Dad use to say many old expressions that many of you may have heard; one of them that has always stuck with me is, “waste not, want not”!

Reflecting on my life as a child growing up in Southern California and Colorado, I believe that we did not waste much around the house, for the influence of that phrase “waste not, want not” resonated throughout our household. Maybe those were just simpler times with most people content with what they had, not all hung up on needing to obtain the next best thing as soon as it is available. I tend to believe some of this approach was due to our parents growing up earlier in the last century, before all of the technology, media blitz, and the like being so prevalent in our lives. So, maybe this conservative avenue which was more apparent in the past, considering a higher value on saving rather than spending, was just a part of our culture in those days.

But what about how we use our time. If we consider time as a commodity, then time would be another area that we should look at as something we waste a lot of. What “value” do we put on our time? There are 168 hours in a week, no more, no less. What we do with those 168 hours shows others what we put our “value” in. As we break the 168 hours down by the day, we have 24 hours to do complete all that we want to do, including eating, sleeping, working, learning, playing, etc. Whatever we do during those 1,440 minutes a day reflects upon where we put our “value” and our concerns. So, it seems to me that we need to take a look at our usage of time, because as the old saying goes, “waste not, want not.”

So, how do you spend your 10,080 minutes a week? Do you take advantage of most of those minutes wisely, or are many of them expended foolishly? Have you ever seriously given thought to how you use them? Let’s face it, we have many distractions in the wake of our day to take us away from what we may desire or wish to accomplish. Certainly, if we evaluate where all of the minutes go, I believe that most of us would have to agree that we probably waste a lot more of our precious minutes each day than we would like to.

One thing for sure, we probably do not educate or stimulate ourselves with enough learning, both from a practical and spiritual point of focus. God petitions us to take the time to spend with him both in a communicative state such as prayer and meditation, as well as reading His Word, The Bible. The Bible tells us in Psalm 1:1-2 (ESV) the following:

“Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.”

We are instructed to spend the time reading, meditating, and delighting in God’s Word both day and night. If we misuse much of our time that is available to us, stating that we do not have enough time to spend with God and in His Word, then we may be guilty of falling into the trap of making excuses for our use of time, therefore needing to be reminded of the expression, “waste not, want not.” What are we doing with the 86,400 seconds each day that God gives us to use? 1 Corinthians 10:31 states, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” If we are to do all things for the Glory of God as the scriptures say, then we need to be honest with ourselves in our evaluation of what we put “value” in and how we spend each second of our days. I am sure that most of us would admit that we probably could use our time more wisely. Certainly, we can afford a good portion of our 1,440 minutes per day to spend with God and His Word. As each moment of every day is a gift, we should apportion this gift of time with discernment, in order to get closer to our God, while understanding more of what He desires for us in our lives.

In our relationship with the creator, we can ascertain more about how to live in this life through an understanding and application of the principles inspired by God and written by men in the Bible. But, if we choose to make excuses why we cannot find the time to spend with God, then we will be left with a lack of understanding of His word. So, the choice is there for each and every one of us. Each 24 hour, 1,440 minute, and 86,400 second day is there for us to use as we please. My prayer for all of us is that we begin to use our time more carefully, in order to ensure that we are spending an adequate amount of time with the Lord, in His word and in meditation with Him. If we do, we are sure to incorporate a closer relationship with our creator and God, as He desires us to do. Remember, “waste not, want not” applies to the time we have available to us in our day. With that in mind, let us not misapply our priceless time, in order that we can fulfill God’s desire for us to do all things for His glory. Amen

Have a blessed and wonderful day,

Daryl Dho

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Draw On Your Faith Today, Tomorrow, And Forever

Posted on August 17, 2009. Filed under: Adversity, Faith, Personal Happiness | Tags: , , , , , |

Cruising through life can be challenging at times, you know with all of the hurdles we have to jump over. Sometimes you might say that it is like running a marathon mixed with a steeplechase, as we have to spring over every obstacle in our path. But we do it, although sometimes reluctantly because we are unsure of whether or not we can handle the outcome. As we are bombarded with all of the issues in life that seem to attack us without notice, such as finances, relational, medical, etc., we somehow never are prepared for what comes next. So, how do we get up every morning, knowing that we probably will get hit today with something else that will challenge us, making us question our ability to deal with all of life’s stresses? More and more, we really have to draw on our faith today, tomorrow, and forever, in order to maintain a sense of order in our lives.

Now the question is this, what are we putting our faith in? Are we putting our faith in each other for comfort? Or are we putting our faith in the government, a substance to abuse, material things that might gratify us; what and/or where are we putting our faith in to get comfort? This is a serious question, because many people put their faith in a lot of different things, such as cults, alcohol, their work, sex, seclusion, there are so many things that people put their faith into without even giving any thought as to what the negative long term effects might be for them. Certainly, when we talk about having to draw on our faith to cope with life’s troubles, we want to talk about drawing on our faith today, tomorrow, and forever in a way that would be positive.

The reason I want to talk about drawing on our faith, is that I see so many people putting faith in devices or concepts that do not have any substance, only to find that later on they are left empty and void. Obviously none of those will work, and I believe that we have to put our faith in God, who can truly guide, direct, and protect us through our life. For we know that we can trust in God, and in His word to be true, as the Bible tells us in Proverbs 30:5 (ESV), “Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.” I know that when I contemplate about God’s word, trusting that it is 100 percent true, and inerrant, that I can take comfort in knowing that when I need an answer to one of life’s tough questions or a challenging scenario, I can go to His word for backup and truth. There is no other substance or place in the world that can take the place of God, who gives me peace in knowing that He is in control, and He is where I find safety, so I am putting my faith in Him today, tomorrow, and I will forever.

Of course, we need to have a conversation with God, which is prayer, pleading our case, letting Him know what our needs are. He wants us to have fellowship with Him, we just need to take the step, as He is anxiously awaiting us. Jesus tells us in Matthew 21:22, “And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” Let us not hold back any longer, the Lord wants us to come to Him with our sufferings, we just have to believe, trusting in Him, having the true and honest faith that He will hear our cry. Do not wait any longer, go to the Lord now with your petition, for He wants to comfort you. All He asks is that you put all of your faith in Him today, tomorrow, and forever, and in return, He will respond. We must trust in the Lord, as Isaiah 26:4 so wonderfully and boldly speaks out to us, “Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.” What a fantastic opportunity it is when you can relinquish yourself and your control to that of the Lord God of the universe, creator of everything. He is the one who can quench your thirst, and satisfy your hunger, only He can prevent you from worrying about what you need not worry about. So give all you have to God, and He will give all comfort and joy to you in return.

Take the peace that God gives when we have faith in His ability to comfort us, and enjoy it. Most people neglect the opportunity to have the happiness that comes from the Lord when they are truly faithful. People forget that He created everything, why shouldn’t He be able to do anything; remember that He created everything from nothing. Think about how awesome that is for a minute, it is amazing! God can do anything! So, don’t worry, put your faith in Him, who can do all things. Yes, that’s right, put your faith in God to handle your situations in life today, tomorrow, and forever. AMEN.

May your day be blessed,

Daryl Dho

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Hard Work, It’s Good For The Soul

Posted on August 14, 2009. Filed under: Glory, Personal Happiness | Tags: , , |

Recently, I ran into a guy who looked like he had been ran over by a truck, literally. He obviously had overexerted himself as he was completely drenched with sweat from head to toe, while his clothes, arms, face, and hands were all muddied with grease. He was buying some water, due to his total dehydration, when I asked him, “how is your day going”? He replied, “not very good”. So, being the always curious guy that I am and wanting to know what in the world he had been doing to get the condition he was in, I had to ask him “why not”? He told me that he was trying to install an alternator in his car in front of the Auto Zone next door, but hadn’t even gotten the old one out yet, and was really struggling. He did not seem like he was having any fun, but I tried to encourage him with some kind words and attempted to pump him up as he left the store to continue on with his quest. He may not of thought about it at the time, because what he was doing seemed like a monumental task, but he was working with his hands, toiling for himself, completing the mission put in front of him, which is a good thing. As he worked in this way, he was molding his mind, body and soul into one, as they work together as one unit to keep him focused in order that he completes his task, of which I am sure he did. For you see hard work, it’s good for the soul!

I personally have always enjoyed working hard myself, and believed that it is good for us, as it keeps us mentally, physically, and spiritually in good health. As a CVS store manager, I work hard, I throw cases of merchandise around, and there are days that I come home and literally pass out from exhaustion. Yesterday, was one of those days. But, when I toil through the day, sweating, lifting, doing the things that I do, I feel go about it, because know matter what I am doing in my life, I am doing it for the glory of God. Regardless of what it is, cleaning toilets, stocking shelves, price changes, or helping customers, everything that I do should be done in such a way that I give glory to God.

The Bible is clear about how we should give God glory in all we do, as in 1Corinthians 10:31 (ESV), “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” Also, in 1Peter 4:11, we continue to learn that we should give God the glory, “whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever.” It is exciting to see how God has revealed in His word that He wants us to give Him glory in all we do, for we are blessed to have this relationship with our creator. What a privilege and joy we have in knowing that we can share this those around us.

Now, how do we give God glory with our work? By being involved in our work, by toiling, by not being lazy. 1Thesalonians 3:7-10 says that we should work for our bread, and not take a “free lunch”, so to speak, “For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, because we were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you. It was not because we do not have that right, but to give you in ourselves an example to imitate. For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.” God does not want us to loaf around doing nothing while others produce, that does not give Him any glory. He wants us to earn our keep, participate in the community, have relationships, and work together with the people in order to have full fellowship. He wants us to work hard, because it’s good for the soul.

Go make your day a blessed day,

Daryl Dho

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Take A Look In The Mirror, What Do You See?

Posted on August 12, 2009. Filed under: Faith, Personal Happiness | Tags: , , |

Since most of us are creatures of habits, we probably have one that we all use every morning when we get up out of bed. There is a certain way or order we prefer to use to accomplish our preparation of the sequence of events in our morning. There are times that our morning routine may go out of order causing a minor or major disruption, such as our curling iron is missing, one of the kids are sick, we are sick, the phone rings, no hair gel, NO COFFEE, there are many reasons, but we have the same end result, we are now out of sequence and running behind schedule!  At this point, we all need to stop and take a look in the mirror, what do you see?  Is it a pretty picture?

I asked that last question because what are we all doing in the morning when we get up, is getting our appearance prepared for everyone else to look at, right? Of course, we want to feel good about ourselves too, but ultimately we want to look good because we care about how others judge or perceive us. So we spend a lot of time each day preparing ourselves, going through what for some of us might seem like a ceremony to get ourselves ready for the day, so that society will like what they see. After all the shaving, gels, curling irons, straighteners, makeup, dry cleaned clothes, colognes, and lotions are on, do we really feel any better about ourselves? Or do we just hope that everyone else appreciates us more? I know that there are certain hygienic procedures that we do daily in order to stay healthy, but beyond those, are we really dressing ourselves for us, or for the world to love us more? We need to think about it for a minute and then take a look in the mirror, what do you see?

Our outward appearance is important, but, even more important is the inward appearance. I am talking about the condition of our hearts here, not our physical hearts, but our spiritual hearts. I know that it is important for us to have our act together and look good when we get up in the morning.  I know we have to shave, curl our hair, straighten it, put on makeup, all of the things we do to prepare for the day. Then we go out into the world to join in with a culture that has a deep need for others who care for them beyond what their appearance is, what they are wearing, or if their hair is nicely done or not. There are so many hurting people in the world today in desperate need for someone to come alongside of them to give them a kind, loving, caring heart, one that selflessly says they understand their needs.

But before we can do that, we have to prepare our own hearts, our hearts need to be right with God. Daily, when we go through our routine, we should be having a conversation with God, our creator, about our lives, what is going on, and about what His plans are for us. We need to suit up with God as we get ourselves ready in the morning. Psalm 51:10-12 (ESV) are wonderful verses that tell us about us having our hearts right with God, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.” As we embark in our journey of life each day, what a joy it is when we know that we have started off by getting ourselves dusted off on the inside. If we are to be effective witnesses to the world, then we need to take a look in the mirror, and ask ourselves what do we see, are we ready to go out yet? If not, then we need to get right with God, it is more important for us to get right with him before we leave for the day, then to a leave with a mess inside.  If we start practicing spending time with God daily, as part of our routine, our inward appearance will change, and so will our outward appearance, for the better.

Think of it this way, we would not leave the house without any pants on, so let us not leave the house without first putting on are full armor of God. Ephesians 6:10-11, tells us, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.” So be ready to go out in the day, do not go empty handed, have your heart ready, talk to God, read His word, just get up a little earlier, even if it is only 15 minutes. You will be a lot happier if you do. Start doing it for 21 days and it will be part of your morning routine, which if someone took it away, you would be upset. Then, when you look in the mirror next time, you will see past your physical self and into your inner self, to your spiritual being, that is what you will see, a changed heart. If you spend more time with God, you can not help but be changed, because that is what He does.  I truly believe that if a person spends the time with the Lord in prayer and in His word, that they will become a changed person, for the better, and will effect other people in a positive way as God directs them.  Take a look in the mirror, what do you see?

God Bless,

Daryl

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Even God Took A Day Off To Rest, So Go Rest Man, Just Rest!

Posted on August 8, 2009. Filed under: Creation, Faith, Forgiveness, Heaven, Salvation | Tags: , , , , , |

I am a prime example of taking everything to the max. I push myself as far as I can go, believing that I can go harder, farther, and faster than anyone, but you know what, even God took a day off to rest, so go rest man, just rest! To me, in my mind, I am confident that I can keep going at light speed to accomplish all of the tasks that are on my plate. But, the fact of the matter is, I should realize that even I can not complete all of the missions that I have given myself. So I need to temper down what I feel is necessary to complete, managing my time a little differently, in order that I may find the amount of time essential for my mind, body, and soul to refresh itself.

There are many people in the world today, just like me. I am just an example of a culture that puts so much pressure on itself to complete 25 hours worth of “stuff” in a 24 hour day. Several people have asked me recently, how or why I try to accomplish as much as I do sometimes. They asked me this question because I work full time as a CVS store manager, go to Phoenix Seminary, write this Blog 4-5 times a week, serve in the children’s ministry at my church, and try to spend quality time with my wife and adult kids; which to them appears to be a ridiculous and almost burdensome amount of responsibilities to complete. I answer them in this way, I do all of those tasks because God has called me to serve Him and His people as best I can in this culture, today and in the future. That is why I go to school, to learn more about God’s word, why I write this Blog, as a ministry to others, and why I serve in the church, for the needs of the children. But still, even God took a day off to rest, so go rest man, just rest. We all need to remember that, we need to take the time to rest, recuperate, relax, and enjoy a significant amount of downtime. If not, at some point we will potentially crash.

A true leader, leads by example, and God is no exception. In Genesis 2:2 (ESV), the Bible tells us the following, “And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done.” God too, realized that it is important for us to “rest”, and leading by example has shown how. He has given this great creation to inhabit, wanting us to work hard, but also to enjoy our freedom, while we rest. We do not always have to be on the go, go, go, as it is suitable for us to have fun time for ourselves. Remember even God took a day off to rest, so go rest man, just rest.

God’s desire for us is that we take a day of sabbath, a day where we do not work, He wants us to have time to be with Him in fellowship, worship, prayer, and fasting. This is a time we gather as our family, sharing each others company, caring for one another, and worshiping the Lord together. In Exodus 20:10, God’s word tells how we should set aside the sabbath day, “but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates.” We need to give time to God, time to our families, and time to ourselves.

Jesus reveals that when it comes to our souls, we can take rest in Him, knowing that He will comfort us, forgiving our sins, as He states in Matthew 11:28-30, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” This is a very important verse to contemplate about, for you see, we can not, nor should we want to worry about where we will spend eternity. Jesus is giving us assurance that He will take on our sins as we follow Him, and He leads to eternity with Him, cleansed of our sins. While meditating on that for a moment, we can take comfort in knowing that the yoke of our life is guarded and attached to His eternal wagon.

If you are not riding in the wagon with Jesus, then take the time now to ask Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins, and to be your Lord and savior. For with Jesus, the comfort in knowing that we can go through eternity with the captain of the ship, freely, is there for the asking. In John 14:6, Jesus makes this profound statement, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” He is the way, and gives us rest from the burden of worrying over our soul. As I conclude, I am on my 6th day, close to my day of rest. I will be taking tomorrow off, for even God took a day off to rest, so go rest man, just rest. Yes, I think I will, for ME, because if I don’t then I won’t be fit for God’s service, which would not be good for His kingdom!

Have an awesome and blessed day,

Daryl Dho

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Garbage In, Garbage Out

Posted on July 8, 2009. Filed under: Faith, Forgiveness, Salvation | Tags: , , , |

It starts the day we emerge from the womb, as we begin to devour knowledge from our surroundings, absorbing this information into our brain, continually being trained as to what to do in life. Our whole existence in the beginning of life seems to be about attaining knowledge of how to live, how to do things, what to eat, how to eat it, so on, and so forth. We are constantly being taught, our brains are like sponges, soaking in everything that we see. Our eyes drawing in all of the light to reflect the objects, directing them into the center of our knowledge center, so that we can sort the pictures out, making sense of them, understanding them in a way that we can use them in the future.

We also begin to learn from our mistakes. We find out, where there is fire, you can get burned, and whatever you put into our minds, it’s there to stay, it is a memory forever. If we are to expect good results from ourselves, then we need to learn the right things, we need to learn the correct way to do things, in order to do them correctly. If our mentors prepare us incorrectly for a task, then we will most likely complete it incorrectly. We can not expect the proper end result if we do not formulate the proper procedures up front in order to come up with the correct conclusion.

It is the same as when we input information into a computer, you know the old saying, “Garbage in, Garbage out”. If we do the same to ourselves, by that I mean, load our minds, body and soul with bad information, bad food, and a bad life style, then what result would we expect have come out of our life? Our life could easily be equated to that of a computer, “Garbage in, Garbage out”, if we only put bad stuff into our mind, body, and soul, then we should expect a negative impact on our mind, body, and soul. On the other hand, if we take care of our mind, body, and soul, then we should expect the opposite consequence, in other words, a positive and favorable outcome.

I am sure we can all agree that it is excellent for our physical bodies if we eat the proper foods, although a scoop or two of Cherry Garcia is really delicious on a Saturday night. The same goes with our spiritual health. In order to have the right spiritual diet, we need to have a steady diet of God’s word (reading the Bible every day), conversation about God and His saving grace with other believers on a regular basis (going to Church), hanging out with God (praying and solitude time), keeping ourselves accountable from sin (possibly praying with an accountability partner, or small group interaction), and talking to people who don’t know God and about His saving grace in order to help spread the Gospel.

Jesus tells us in Luke 11:34-36 (ESV),Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but when it is bad, your body is full of darkness. Therefore be careful lest the light in you be darkness. If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, it will be wholly bright, as when a lamp with its rays gives you light.” Jesus wants us to be looking at the world through spiritually healthy eyes. He wants us to be spiritually mature people, who can be accountable to each other, to God, and to the Church.

If we are not practicing increasing our spiritual health, then we probably input the wrong messages into our minds, bodies, and spirits, which means one thing, “Garbage in, Garbage out”. Jesus wants us to be a light unto the world, as he told the disciples in Matthew 5:14-16, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” We have to make sure that we are gathering as much information about the Lord Jesus that we can, so we can spread the good news about Him to the world. It is His commandment. It is how we can show that we are healthy, and not living in garbage. But we must remember, if we never input any info about God into our minds and souls, then we will not know anything about Him, so we will not be about to tell anyone about Him. “Garbage in, Garbage out”, but by the same token, Righteousness In, about the creator of the universe, then righteousness out! That is the key, staying positive, focused on Christ, and with the proper spiritual diet.

As we live in this righteous way, we will want to go and follow what Jesus commanded in Matthew 28:19-20, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” This is what is exciting and fun. There is no greater joy than talking to people about the Lord and Savior of the universe, Jesus Christ. And with that I will close, saying Amen.

May you all be greatly blessed,

Daryl

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When You Are Tired, You Have Got To Keep Going

Posted on July 2, 2009. Filed under: Faith, Family | Tags: , , |

How many days do you get up tired? For me, it seems like most days I am tired. Mainly because I suppose I am involved in too many projects, but also I just do not like to sleep that much, or so I tell myself. When you are tired, you have got to keep going, not for yourself necessarily, but for those who count on you. Many people rely on me every day to take care a multitude of enterprises, and without my ability to complete them, then disappointment would set in; there would be incomplete assignments, deadlines would not be met, the bottom line, peoples lives would be changed. It’s not like I am all that important, but the assignments or responsibilities that I have are important, and without my fulfilling of those responsibilities, then others lives are altered in a negative way.

It is important then, that I make sure that I follow through on my commitments that I make to other people. Sometimes that means when you are tired, you have got to keep going, and that part of life is not always fun. Our bodies are made in a way that we do require a certain amount of sleep, some more than others, but we do need some to survive. I find that I just need to ask God for help at times when I am really tired. I am not saying that I can go forever without sleep, obviously we need sleep. Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, asking the disciples to watch as He prayed, but they fell asleep (Matthew 26:26-46). Jesus said in verses 45-46, “Sleep and take your rest later on. See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.” But, the disciples kept falling asleep.

Sometimes it is difficult when we are tired to do what we are suppose to do, but we need to somehow forge ahead. We need to pray for Gods assistance, as Jesus did, ask for help, courage, strength, and for the completion of the commitments we have made. We are an example to those around us. When we follow through on our commitments, people see this, as well as when we do not.  It is imperative that we do our best to complete the mission at hand, to the best of our ability, all for Gods glory. In doing so, I believe we will blessed by it and bless others in the process. It is in those times of difficulty, when you are tired, when you just have to keep going, that it seems as if you find the most meaning and beneficial outcomes happening. I am not sure why, probably because we are at a point where we our most vulnerable, but when we dig deep in our soul for something, then we almost always come out with something splendid. We can benefit a lot more from perseverance, rather than a task completed with ease.

When things are difficult, and you are tired, like I am now, we just need to keep going.  So, as I close, and I get ready for the day, I ask God to guide and direct all of us in a way that His will can be an influence in our lives and positively effect people in our day.

Be bless,

Daryl

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Simply Put, We Just Need To Take It Easy

Posted on June 30, 2009. Filed under: Faith, Personal Happiness | Tags: , , |

Too many times in life, we are dealt a hand from the deck of cards that seems more like it should be thrown in the “muck” rather than being played through to the end. We gaze at our hand, wondering how to play it, eventually making a decision on which way to go. Simply put, we just need to take it easy and trust God. But many times we make what we consider the wrong decision. Why did we make the wrong decision, did we not analyze the information available to us accurately enough, were we too hasty with our decision? There are many factors that come into play in making the correct decision, but one thing for sure, most of the time, prayer was not put into the mix as a consideration for the final outcome.

It is not exactly like playing cards, we don’t just throw a card out and grab a new one, each and every time we need a new hand. We are not so unintentional about our decision making that we just don’t care about what decisions we make, as if they don’t matter to the final outcome in our life. But as far as are state of mind about how we react to things in our life, we certainly should not “sweat the load” over how things are going to turn out. Right now, the way the economy is, with job loses, hour reductions, home foreclosures, etc., it is tough for many of us; but how should we react to all of this uncertainty? Even during times of great stress, such as the previously mentioned difficulties, we can still have a positive attitude about life and about our options, simply put, we just need to take it easy and trust God.

In all of this decision making process, the number one thing we should do is take the time to talk to God about it, yes, pray to the God of the universe. Jesus told us to pray like this in Matthew 6:9-10 (ESV), “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Clearly, Jesus wants us to pray to God, the Father, and for His will to be done. So, we need to be mindful of this when we are trying to calculate what is our next move in life, it is His will to be done, not our will.

So again I say, simply put, we just need to take it easy and trust God; in doing so, our lives become infinitely better. He is the God of the universe, He has everything under control, we just need to relax and allow our minds to go with things a little more, and quit trying to control the entire universe ourselves, and we probably will be less stressed. When the life dealer asks you if you want another card, pray first, then take a card, because if it is in Gods will then you got the right card. Either way, be comfortable knowing that God is sovereign over all, and He is marvelous. When you are praying for His will to be done in your life, think of Romans 12:2, which says, “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.” For we always should want to do what God wants and wills us to do, not what the world wants and wills us to do.

Things are always going to change, so how we adjust to those changes, will make a difference in our state of mind and happiness, so simply put, we just need to take it easy and trust God.

So long and may God bless you,

Daryl

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Michael Jackson-The King Of Pop Suddenly Dies

Posted on June 26, 2009. Filed under: God, Politics, Spiritual Growth | Tags: , , |

I, like millions, maybe billions around the world enjoy listening to the music that Michael Jackson made. Yes, I too was saddened when I heard that “Michael Jackson-The King Of Pop” was dead. I was not your typical Michael Jackson fan, I was a heavy metal maniac that would not be caught listening to Pop music, but Michael Jackson had a way of transcending from one culture to the next. He was able to bring people from all cultures together to enjoy his music, which is one reason people called him “The King Of Pop”.

So, when he passed yesterday, someone who was able to bring people together musically is gone, and we will only be able to listen to his time-honored music in our CD players, IPODS, Cassettes, and maybe a few remaining record album players, (I don’t think that are any 8-track’s). We all wanted him to continue producing more music over the last several years, but unfortunately his life was marred with all of the legal and anti social behavioral issues that seemed to continuously invade his private life.

With his fame, came disappointment. Disappointment in the fact that he could not continue making music the way he was able to, calibrated, with a lot of energy. But, as life continued on, he seemed to be bombarded by the media and all of these issues outside his music. To me, this is the counter tragedy. We all wanted him to make more music, but he couldn’t shake the demon of fame, that stretched it’s ugly arms around him and did everything it could to bring him down.

As a culture, we placed to much pressure on our so-called “Icons” or “Kings”. We want so much to look up to someone, that we put them up on this pedestal, only to watch them eventually fall. After all, we are all human, including “Michael Jackson-The King Of Pop”, he too has a finite life span. We put too many expectations on our celebrities, sports stars, etc. We need to stop making them “KINGS”, for they are just men and women like everyone else.

Eventually, all of us fail as humans, and so did Michael. The big difference for “Michael Jackson-The King Of Pop”, was that he was so high up on everyones social scale, that when he did make a mistake, everyone watched. If people like Michael, who are really good at their craft, could just practice it and not be worshiped like “Idols”, then maybe we, as a society would not recognize their failures as such. You see, we all flounder in our lives, we are not any different, just not in the lime light.

Throughout the Bible, God tells us not to worship idols, which is what we do with many of our celebrities and sports stars. We even call Lebron James, “King James”. God doesn’t want us to do this, He tells us not to, and in doing so, makes Him jealous. So, we shouldn’t put people in this position. It is great to enjoy the arts of their craft, the abilities that God has given them should be appreciated, but we should not idolize the people doing the craft.

I have missed “Michael Jackson-The King Of Pop” making his music for a long time. But I will not ever think of any of our so-called Stars as someone that I should worship. The only one that we should worship is God, as he tells us in Exodus 20:3 (ESV), “You shall have no other gods before me.” We really need to consider this when we have the next “King Of Pop” come along, because we need to give them a break, allow them to be human, make mistakes, have a private life, and just enjoy their craft for what it is. We do not need to watch every part of their lives. Let’s just let them enjoy being remarkable at whatever it is that they are remarkable at, so that we can enjoy and experience their craft. Beyond that, let them live their lives, just like we want to live our lives, one day at a time, with our families and friends, maybe making a mistake here and there, apologizing in the process, and receiving forgiveness for our sins from Jesus, our Lord and Savior.

“Michael Jackson-The King Of Pop”, may you rest in peace, and may your music live on in the memories of all those who enjoy listening to it. I am blocking out the rest, all I want to remember is the music.

May you all have a blessed day,

Daryl

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Throw Pride Out The Door

Posted on June 25, 2009. Filed under: Personal Happiness | Tags: , |

Today, part of my family and I took a road trip from Phoenix to Anaheim. It was quite an experience driving, as we were challenged by several motorists as to how I should drive. Many, as you can imagine, decided to use the I-10 freeway as their own personal Indianapolis Motor Speedway. People were constantly jockeying for position, trying to inch into the next spot, thinking that they can get to their destination a lot faster than everyone else. Personally, I just try to stay in one lane, enjoy some tunes, and go with the traffic flow.

In order to keep sane, though, I find that I have to throw pride out the door, because it would be easy to get caught up in all of the mega ego positioning going on throughout the trip. I really don’t like to drive that way, and quite honestly, I get a little scared when I am around the people who are driving like it is a race track. So, for me, it is a lot easier to throw my pride out the door, and calmly enjoy the ride.

We enjoyed some rain, saw some beautiful mountains, had lunch, talked to each other, and still managed to get to our destination in a reasonable amount of time. Unfortunately, there was someone along the way who didn’t. We did see a roll over accident that happened just prior to us going by. It is dangerous on the highway, and is the reason we need to proceed with some caution. As we entered the Los Angeles/Orange County area, the driving became worse. The mayhem that ensued made me squeeze the steering wheel with a death grip I hadn’t used in quite some time. Back and forth, people would go, bumper to bumper, slamming on their brakes, my nerves were a little on edge. It was for this reason that I was really happy when we finally made it to the hotel.

I believe that there is an application for this in Matthew 6:34 (ESV), where Jesus says,“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” We need to just relax a little bit in life and not allow the stress of the day to get to us all of the time. Do we really need to get there 5 or 10 minutes earlier? What if, because we are in such a hurry, we don’t get there at all, plus, if we relax along the way, we can enjoy some of God’s majestic scenery, conversations with others, a good tune or two on the radio, or even listen to the Bible on CD.

A lot of the jockeying for position, I believe, is people not wanting to let the other person get ahead of them, as if one car length matters. It is totally a pride situation here. If this person would just throw pride out the door, I can almost guarantee that their drive to or from wherever their are going would be a lot more pleasant for themselves and for those on the road around them. Plus, Jesus really wants us to not worry about things, he is saying, just allow things to happen, they will happen anyway.

As a society, we need to relax a whole lot more, and allow our minds and spirit to be engaged by God in a way that we can experience His joy from knowing true serenity. We just need to be willing to allow God and the Holy Spirit to indwell us in a way so we can experience that inner peace. It certainly doesn’t come from racing down I-10, attempting to beat the next guy by 5 minutes to the destination, but it can come from our ability to throw pride out the door, and in turn acknowledging that we are not the most important thing on the road or the universe. Let’s give the time to God, enjoy Him in all things, even driving to and from work, or on long road trips, and each and every moment of our lives becomes more precious. This is how it should be, giving God glory in all of our time, He deserves it, He is our creator.

Be Blessed Everyone,

Daryl

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