Archive for November, 2010

The Process Precedes The Promise

Approximately 5 years ago, I preached my first sermon which was titled The Process Precedes the Promise.  When I preached it, I thought that I had arrived at a promise and finished going through a process.  Boy was I wrong.  You see it was at that moment when the words which are the title of this blog exited my mouth that the process truly began.  These last 5 years have been a process that is bringing me into a place that I’ve only imagined (and will blog about once it is fully realized) and has begun to restore much of what I thought was lost in my life.

At the same time this process has stripped a lot of relationships from my life, some that started off good but ended up being toxic to me and toxic to the vision for my life.  Sometimes we don’t see how many of the events of our life are a part of the bigger picture or the promise that we are seeking to live out and achieve.  You must know that every promise has a process and every process has both a fixed and variable time limit to it (the fixed portion are things that you must go through that are not under your control while the variable portion is what is under your control).

Don’t give up on your promise when it seems like you’ll never get there.  It’s usually in those moments that you will find the breakthrough that you need to get to your promise.  While that may sound trite and prepackaged (especially those that are in a Pentecostal/Charismatic Church), I assure you from personal experience as recent as last week that it is true.

One thing that I must stress is that you have to validate every promise that you receive with your life’s purpose.  If you have received a promise that doesn’t resonate with who you are, your dreams and goals, or your purpose then that promise might not be for you in the first place.  Everything that is added or taken away from your life is meant to either augment or diminish your purpose.  This is why your have to go through and complete a process before receiving your promise.

In many parts of the Western world, people don’t want to wait anymore.  It’s become what I like to call a Microwave society; give me what I want quickly, I don’t want to wait anymore.  People don’t seem to want to wait anymore, nor do some people remember the value in being slowly cooked under intense heat.  It’s only under the intense heat that you will find all of the impurities being stripped away from you.  It’s during these “hot” times that you will find out if you truly can handle that which has been promised.

I hope that you keep pressing forward towards your promise and know that you’re not alone in it.

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Pursue Your Passions

If you’ve ever been a person that’s gone to work day in and day out for the sake of a paycheck, I’m willing to guarantee that you really don’t like what you do.  If you are majoring in a certain subject in school because your family and friends are expecting you to do so and you don’t want to do it, I’m willing to guarantee that you are having a miserable school experience.  The reason why the above examples will be miserable and not like what they do is because they are not pursuing their passions.

 

Each and every person in this life has a passion or set of passions, things that they really want to do with their life, that when left undone and unfulfilled will cause a person to be depressed no matter how many material possessions they have.  It is vitally important to pursue your passions so that you are fulfilled in life but you must make sure that you don’t pursue too many things at once as that can lead to broken focus, frustration, and not being able to realize any of your passions.

 

Your passion(s) are deeply connected to your core beliefs as well as your dreams and goals.  To discover your passion(s) you need to know what you believe and what are your dreams and goals that you want to achieve.  I can tell you from experience that not pursuing your passions early will bring you a lot of pain and what-if’s in your present and future life.  Don’t let any obstacles stop you from pursuing and realizing what you are passionate about.

 

Your focus will determine your persistence; your persistence will determine your pursuit, and your pursuit will prove if you really are going to achieve your passion.

 

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So You Can Go Home Again

This past weekend I went back to my hometown to be of service, something that I haven’t done in quite a long time.  This trip was prompted by a thought that I had posted on my Facebook page, “Sometimes you have to reach back before you can go forward.”  It made me think about why I hadn’t I continued to give back to my hometown in such a long time (something I used to do quite often), and when it came down to it, I discovered that through the enduring of 2 painful deaths and 1 very inappropriate experience that immediately followed, that I just decided to keep away from what had pained me, until now.

This trip was something that I needed and am grateful for.  I had the opportunity to have lunch with a friend I hadn’t seen in at least 12 or 13 years; volunteer my musical services for the Uniondale Foundation for Educational Excellence (UFEE) as well as to speak with several of the young music students that I performed with; as well as see the great academic strides my old High School as well as the students in it have made.

But most importantly I was reminded the value of practicing/perfecting my gifts/talents; not to give up on my dreams and goals;  as well as being reminded that while running away from your issues/hurts may give you some relief, it will never completely solve what bothers you.   So remember that no matter what has happened in the past you can go home again, as I learned for myself.

Thank you Uniondale.

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