Every now and then it seems as though life is spinning out of control for me. School assignments become overwhelming. Pounding headaches are attributed to looming deadlines, I’m pulled in more directions than I think I can handle and the calmness that is typically my trademark is nowhere on the horizon. In these times of crisis, my blood pressure increases and I begin to do something that makes everyone around me cringe: I throw myself a pity party and invite my friends to join me!.
What I’ve come to realize is that I can save myself (and those around me) from unnecessary drama, which typically shows itself as shortness of patience, sharp words and frayed nerves. Simply by planning ahead and making allowances for things to possibly go awry, I can regain my composure and get things done with time to spare. Many people don’t work well under pressure and if told the truth, neither do I. Yet, under pressure and prone to making errors is where I find myself working most of the time, because I wait until the 11th hour to start working on many of my projects and assignments.
It’s obvious that I need to have an action plan or a flow chart visual (reflecting due dates, etc.) to help me get a grip on my assignments and responsibilities. I’ll get started on one soon (I just need to find some time to get it done!).
Take action now: Meditate on Colossians 3:23 – “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men” (English Standard Version).
Embrace this truth:If you fail to plan, you just may fail.
I’ve been a playwright for 10 years now and I distinctly remember the day my writing career began. There was a lady at my church who had been responsible for writing or producing the plays for a number of years and she was very talented. I was actually cast in a couple of her productions. I had entertained the thought of writing a skit a few times, but I didn’t want the other lady to think that I was trying to take her job, so I kept my desire to write to myself. Imagine my surprise when she announced one morning that she was stepping down from many of her responsibilities due to the illness of her closest friend. After prayer and thoughtful consideration, I volunteered to write the upcoming annual fall production and much to my delight, my first play was well received and so my journey began.
What I now know with certainty is that while we may not know what’s around each corner until we get there, God makes provisions to assure us of His presence once we step out on faith. I had no idea that what began as me writing scripts for church productions would eventually lead to me debuting one of my productions to a sold out crowd in a theatre 10 years later. My success has not been built on anything I did other than moving out of the way so that God Himself could move.
P.S. the lady that I mentioned at the beginning of this blog has proven to be one of my biggest supporters and that inspires me to write without ceasing and to keep allowing God to order my steps. I’d like to publicly say THANK YOU, Jewel Coleman!
Take action now: Meditate on Hebrews 11:1 – “Faith is the reality of what we hope for, the proof of what we don’t see” (Common English Bible).
Embrace this truth:Stop talking about what you’re going to do and do it!
Retailers and shop-a-holics love ‘Black Friday’ (the day after Thanksgiving), because it officially marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping season, resulting in profits for the retailers and bargains for shoppers. The appeal of drastic price reductions and sales can draw huge crowds and bring out the worst in humor behavior as customers fight, push and even shoot others to get the items they want – in the name of getting a good ‘deal’. I was curious about the name ‘Black Friday’ and found out that it is a negative connotation, due to the mayhem and violence that occurs on what is the start of what should be a festive time of year; the days leading to Christmas.
Christians around the world recognize and celebrate today as “Good Friday”. The gospels record that this particular Friday ended with Jesus being crucified and killed at the hands of those who hated Him, leaving his disciples confused and wondering about their own fate. Their Lord, leader and friend had been viciously beaten and attacked and then hung on a cross for all the world to see. While He was hanging between heaven earth, between life and death, our Father turned His face away because of the repulsive sin that Jesus bore for each of us. And in the middle of the day, for three hours, the sun refused to shine. The day became dark and black. How could anyone see this horrible BLACK FRIDAY as good? It’s because the story doesn’t end there. Although death marks the end of life (as we know it), this death was unlike any other. Jesus’ death marked the beginning…the beginning of new life for believers because He triumphed over death, with a new and resurrected body and showed the world the power of God! God has given a promise to those that believe, that we shall live eternally. .
Take action now: Meditate on Luke 24:6-7 – “He isn’t here, but has been raised. Remember what he told you while he was still in Galilee, that the Human One must be handed over to sinners, be crucified, and on the third day rise again.” (Common English Bible).
Embrace this truth: Jesus gave His all for you; you should do your best to give your all for Him.
Injured animals have been known to become vicious and cause physical harm to the one trying to provide assistance because of the pain the animal is experiencing. The offending animal is usually quickly forgiven even after delivering a painful bite or scratch because we understand that their current state is causing their uncharacteristic behavior.
You may have experienced a similar scenario when someone reacted harshly or rudely to you and their action confused you or maybe angered you because you didn’t understand the reason for their outburst. Sometimes when another person is experiencing emotional distress internally, the symptoms are typically manifested externally through angry words, bad attitudes and unexpected confrontations. It takes patience and the ability to see past the surface of the offender and (if necessary) get to the root of the problem instead of responding negatively to someone’s uncharacteristic behavior. Kindness and love are powerful tools. Don’t be afraid to use them.
Take action now: Meditate on 1 John 4:7-8 : Let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. (NLT)
Embrace this truth: God is love.