like Judas

if we’re truly honest with ourselves, we would be cognizant that we have the propensity to be like Judas while striving to be like Jesus. the enemy isn’t always charging toward us. sometimes, he is us. resist him, and moreover, be aware of negative influences – outside and inside.

defense

thankfulness is the best defense against adversaries like anxiety, disappointment, depression and even despair, despite what strongholds have you right now. try it and see what happens. #defense

make your own

joy isn’t made in a factory or packaged for consumption, it’s made by you. fresh. daily. #makeYourOwnHappiness

where is your heart?

wherever you retreat without obligation, there your heart is also.

looking backward

looking backward is a temporal exercise for the eyes to strengthen them, so that they can better focus and look forward. #eyesForwardNow

be present

there are times where we can be so caught up in documenting, capturing or recording a moment that we miss the opportunity to be present and fully experience that moment.

being right

‘being right’ nor our multitude of rights is what’s most important. what’s most important is the impression we leave behind – the edification of others that’s left in our wake – the echoes of our love.

cleaning day

our souls are narrow unless God has entered, upon our asking Him to.

distance

the only distance between yourself and the God of the universe is that which you impose. #gentlereminder #godisnear

despite

despite your lying tongue; despite your angry mouth; despite your addiction; despite your doubt; despite all that makes you imperfect, you’ve been forgiven and set free by grace.

hidden things

there is a great liberation in being honest with God. when my head is cleared of hidden things, my soul feels less burdened.

conquer yourself

you can’t conquer mountains, but you can conquer yourself. be slow to speak, while hastening to listen.

what’s coming next

forget what’s gone.
appreciate what still remains.
look forward to what’s coming next.

what undergirds you

though you may be unsettled, remember what undergirds you. if you think you have no such faith, know that you’ve had it all along. you were born with it. maybe you just haven’t been using it. God is near.

brilliant torch

though life is but a brief candle, burn as brightly as a brilliant torch.

step back

step back and see the picture and all of its colors, beyond the dab of gray where you may be standing right now.

imitation

imitation may be the grandest form of adulation, but I beg of you, only imitate me as I follow after Christ.

resurrect those around you

we’re surrounded by hurting, forlorn and lifeless people. aspire to be so infused with love and integrity that you resurrect those around you simply by being.

stronger than our yesterday

trials present new opportunities for us to confront and be stronger than our yesterday.

joy in your toil

seek joy in your toil, exertion and labor. it is a gift from God.