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The Great Divide

  I'M OVER IT!  Yeah, that is probably not the best way to open a blog post that you want people to read, but it properly describes my feelings towards virtually everything...  There is a popular trend on Tik Tok right now that describes our world right now.  I am not going to encourage you to go find it, because it does have profanities in it.  I came across it by an accident.... But after I saw it, my thought was, this is America right now.  A guy yells, what's your name and the other guy answers, and then he yells a profanity back at him.  Then the other guy says, what's your name, and the bit repeats itself.  These guys obviously did not know each other, just got introduced, and were divided.  Yes, I know it is a Tik Tok and is meant for entertainment, but it is a picture into our lives today in this country, in this world...  Ok, let me explain myself a little and if you will indulge me and walk with me on this to it's conclusion, I think we will find ourselves on
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True Freedom

  So, I was out for a walk tonight and listening to some worship music and this came on my playlist. I am a huge fan of Bethel Music. It is powerful and it can break you to your very core. As I was listening to this song, I could feel God speaking to be me...   The truth given to me was... Why do you worry so much? Why do you fear so much? Why do you not fully trust? Why don't you give it all up to me? See, we hold on to so much stuff. One of the biggest is our time, talent, and possessions. We are so afraid that if we do not maintain control (or a the image of control) then we will lose everything. Guess what, you can either give it to God or the world will take it, but you control NOTHING! God liberates us when we cast off our meager and pitiful attempts to control our lives. We must give it ALL TO HIM and then we are no longer slaves. I am not sure who said it, but there is a famous quote that says, "Show me your bank statement and show me

Sound the Alarm!

  We need more people who will sound the alarm!   Far too often, people want to play peacemaker, but have no desire to stand for what is right.  I have heard the saying too much, "I just want everyone to get along and I feel it is my role to help that to happen."  Now, while I agree in being a peacemaker when it is possible, there are also times that it is impossible. There are times that you have to stand up and say, WE HAVE A PROBLEM!  There is an issue that MUST be addressed.  When peace is possible and not detrimental, choose peace, but don't just choose peace because you are not willing to fight for what is right.  If you You have heard the old saying, you cannot yell fire in a crowded movie theater and not face consequences if it is a lie.  But, what if there is a fire?   Would you sit there and say nothing?  Would you say, I want people to just get along and enjoy there movie?   Of course not!  Well, unless you are a sociopath!    No, anyone in their righ

Can We Just Be Real?

You will have to forgive me because I am about to get on a soapbox.  Social media has frankly just ruined us.  No, you know I love social media, but the filter that it is run through has ruined us.  We just have to be perfect now.   Want proof?  Let me share with you.  Now, I know this is a joke, but it is the truth as well.    Why do I use this as an example?  Because let's be honest, no little child, unless pressured by parents would choose the outfit on the left.  They want to be messy, play, be comfortable, and all sorts of things, but we feel so pressured as a society to be perfect for the camera that we have ALL stopped being real.   Everything in life must be Instagram worthy and it is making us ALL depressed.   LIFE IS MESSY!  LIFE IS NOT PERFECT!   LIFE IS NOT ALWAYS CAMERA WORTHY! Stop pressuring yourself to make every occasion look perfect.  Stop making yourself feel like every Birthday Party, Baby Reveal, Engagement Photo, and the rest of life's occas

Standing at the Precipice

All of us who know Christ are standing at the edge of something big!  Why?  Because of the fact that we are indwelled by the Spirit of God and empowered by Him.  The big thing is different for each of us and the biggest thing that we are standing on the edge of is an eternity with Him.  But the big does not have to wait for eternity.  There are big things that Gd wants to do in our life now.  So what is holding us back?  The truth is it is our own fears and insecurities coupled with the desire to please others rather than Christ.  Far too often we allow the opinions and desires of other people to dictate what we will do for Christ rather than Christ himself.  You takes those opinions and then mash them together in the blender of life with our predicting fears and it is a recipe for a life full of doing NOTHING!   God desires to do exceptionally great things in our lives.   He takes us to the edge of a precipice, shows us the wonder out things He has made, extends His hand, and says