you ever been kept out of the loop on something? If you watch TV or
movies you have heard people use the term, “Need to know.” It is
commonly used in the CIA, the FBI, and government meetings. Most
everyone has had times where they ask about something they were not
told about only to be informed, “It is on a need to know basis.”
Nobody likes that answer, but it happens every day. I got news for
you, God’s will is on a need to know basis. He reveals himself and
His perfect will when the time is right…not a minute before…and
not a minute after.
Corinthians 13:12 says it best: “For now we see through a glass,
darkly; but then, face to face. Now I know in part, but then shall I
know even as also I am known.”
we pass from this world, we will finally understand, but here is some
great news: as we draw closer to God, He reveals more and more of
Himself to us! It is still in His timing, but we can have a much
deeper understanding of God and His will for our lives is we are
willing to submit ourselves totally to Him. When we draw closer to
Him, our faith supernaturally becomes stronger.
you are struggling with understanding God’s will for your life, make
a commitment to God and see what happens. God will give you the
ability to see into His world and see your life and people around you
as He does. That changes everything! That is true perspective, that
is true peace, and THAT is something you need to know!
knows what BC stands for in a date…like 200BC. Most everyone knows
it stands for Before Christ. Now a bit of trivia. Without Googling
it, what does AD stand for in a date? Go ahead and guess. I will
answer it at the end of this blog, so don’t cheat. LOL.
day we are going to look back at 2020BC. How can that be? Because BC
in this instance refers to Before Covid. People ten years from now
will look back and remember when life was normal. Wow, how things
have changed, and not for the better.
about the things that have all happened to us in a matter of months:
and social distancing are now mandatory for the foreseeable future,
and maybe the rest of our lives according to some “experts.”
learning has become part of our education toolbox and for some
people will be the sole path forward for learning.
which previously were thriving in our economy are now closed or
severely restricted in how they operate. Some will never recuperate
from their losses.
are for the most part still closed and restricted to online
broadcasts. Somehow they were not deemed essential businesses.
homes are backed up and have restrictions about how they operate.
can hardly wait for Halloween. I am going to go Trick or Treating
with NO MASK. Pretty scary, huh? LOL. Seriously, these are bizarre
days to say the least. I can’t imagine what young kids must think
that just a few months ago were going to school, going to church,
playing with their friends, and just enjoying life. They have to be
wondering what in the world is going on here?
know people talk about the “new normal” as something we have to
accept, but I have a problem with that. All of this is not normal.
What we had BC was normal. Yes, we had problems. We had war, racial
strife (which is still going on), social issues, poverty, etc…but
we had the freedom to go to school, go to church, go to funerals, go
to visit our loved ones in the hospital, get on a plane and travel
the world without feeling paranoid, operate our businesses freely, go
to sporting events, and much more.
we need (as a country and as a world) to figure out how to deal with
something like Covid. We can’t live our lives in constant fear,
worrying about “what if?” I do believe in using common sense. I
wash my hands. I stay home and isolate myself when I am sick. I cover
my mouth when I cough or sneeze, and wash my hands afterwards. I have
done all of that for many years. Perhaps it is how I was raised, but
my 20 years in healthcare didn’t hurt my thoughts about germ control
either. Imagine if everyone would do those things consistently.
know that everyone is praying for a vaccine to fix this issue, but
what do we do with the NEXT pandemic? What if the vaccine doesn’t
work? I am just saying, there are no vaccines made for future
diseases that don’t even exist yet. I don’t have the answers…just
pointing out the obvious problems we face in this country and around
the world. Countries that have less sanitary conditions are obviously
more at risk than the U.S. There are a lot of questions we have to
face and problems we have to prepare for. I pray that our President,
our Congress, our Governors and Mayors all work together to help us
find a way through the wilderness we are now lost in and quit the
political bickering. Someday we will look back at early 2020 and
remember what life used to look like.
For those of you that have been chomping at the bit to have the
answer to the trivia question, AD is Latin for Anno Domini, and means
“in the year of the Lord” referring to the birth of Christ. Bet
you didn’t know that! Anyway, stay safe, and pray for our world to
find a way to return to normality. Shalom!
am not sure who came up with the saying, but it has become a well
known and necessary tool to use in this world gone berserk. It is a
concept we teach in school at very early ages because kids don’t
understand boundaries (a lot like my dogs!). Apparently there are a
lot of adults that never learned the concept either.
when I get a kid being nosy about something going on with another
child, I tell them: “You know what that is? It’s noneya.” That
usually stops them to ask, “What is noneya?” I tell them, “It’s
noneya business!” LOL. They usually laugh and get the point.
was a magazine years ago called The National Inquirer. I am not sure
it they are still around or not. The tag line of the magazine was,
“Because inquiring minds want to know.” It was just a gossip
magazine about celebrities and apparently sold pretty well. We all
have that tendency to want to know what is going on in someone’s
life…particularly if it is BAD! That is kind of sick when you think
about it, but I guess it makes us feel somehow better about ourselves
that we are not as jacked up as they are (at least in our own mind).
years ago a pastor friend of mine was going to lunch with some of his
staff. As they were pulling into the restaurant parking lot, a guy
cut him off and took his space. The pastor did what most of us would
do when he got out of the car. He gave the guy a dirty look and said,
“What is your problem?!!!” Well things went from bad to worse and
heated words were exchanged. My pastor friend went over to the car
with the guy still sitting inside…only to have the guy in his car
pull a gun out and point it at my friend! I asked him what he did and
he said he told the guy, “Buddy, if you pull that trigger, you
better make sure to empty the gun on me!” Wow. All of this over a
parking space! Luckily both guys calmed down and no life was lost,
but that could have ended very badly!
is the problem with not staying in your lane: you risk having a
fight, an accident, or even the loss of someone’s life! Sometimes
people have the best intention of wanting to help, only to have that
person blow up at them in return. It is one of those “wow”
moments that we wonder, “ Where did that came from?!!!” Well,
here is some insight into this thing we call humanity: everyone is
jacked up! We ALL got issues! None of us really know what is going on
in another person’s life or in their mind, and we can end up stepping
on a landmine…sometimes very innocently.
is the answer? I call it the Aretha Franklin solution:
“R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Find out what it means to me!” We need to respect
boundaries of other people. We all need our space. When you invade
someone’s space, just know that there may be some very unexpected
am not suggesting looking the other way or ignoring people who are
breaking the law, abusing a person or an animal, or allowing them to
do something that puts others in harm’s way. We have a moral
obligation to stand in the gap when someone is being bullied,
threatened, or abused…but we still have to respect the law and deal
with it in a lawful manner. Even though I live in Texas…I believe
we have to abide by the law.
bottom line is, stay in your lane when possible. When you do venture
into someone else’s lane…look before you do it and use your turn
signal. This applies to traffic and to life itself. Let people know
your intention (if it is to help). If it is not your business and you
insist on proceeding, then expect a potential conflict and results
that you may regret.
There are a lot of people who carry guns these days. I have no
problem with that personally, but I think it makes me at least think
twice about getting into someone else’s space…and maybe that is a
good thing for everyone. If you assume everyone is carrying a gun,
you might think twice about how you treat them. :o)
has a lot of uses in the English language. You may have heard someone
say, “Enough is enough” meaning they have taken all they can
take. Or possibly they might say, “I’ve had enough” after their
third helping of BBQ. But…when is enough really enough? When you
are faced with problems or major decisions in life, what do you do?
heard a great sermon today from Brady Boyd. He pastors a large church
in Colorado Springs and used to be on staff at Gateway Church.
Today…he was at Milestone Church in Keller as a guest pastor, and
he was preaching on hearing God. A lot of people want to hear God,
but many are confused at how to actually hear Him. I admit when
someone says, “God told me to _______” I wonder if God really
told them or not. I do believe that God speaks to us but how do you
really hear Him? How do you know it is God?
are some takeaways from the sermon today:
in intentional and persistent in wanting to have dialog with us.
That is a good thing, as He does not just write us off when we rebel
or refuse to listen to Him.
helps us hear Him! He gave us the Holy Spirit to help guide us
and understand Him.
God becomes a priority, you will hear Him. The problem is that
too many people see God as just another source of information. He is
not Google…He is God. His knowledge is complete and always
gave a great example of knowing God’s voice. He likened it to knowing
his wife and her voice. Because Grady and his wife have been married
for many years, he knows her voice completely and intimately…and
that is because he made her a priority in his life many years ago. He
has no competing women vying for his attention. The same goes for
God. When we make Him a priority, we hear Him.
10:27 says: My sheep listen to my voice. I know them and they follow
is great news for people searching for God. Here is what I know about
God. He is not just enough, He is MORE than enough! Whatever problems
you have with relationships, with work, with money, with health, with
temptations, etc., God is more than enough to help us, guide us,
provide for us, and encourage us. God’s love is unending and
complete, and He gives a peace passes our understanding.
thing that I know for sure is that God wants to have relationship
with each of us, but He is waiting for us to open the door of our
heart to Him. Opening the door, however, is just the beginning. Once
He walks through the open door, then it is a matter of us developing
a relationship with Him. That takes effort and commitment on our
part. He is more than enough for whatever we need, but He is not a
genie in a bottle either. God expects us to love Him and obey Him. He
expects us to love our neighbor as our self. God is all about
really is not complicated. Grady gave us a 30 day challenge: Every
day for the next 30 days, pray this prayer first thing in the
morning, “Come Holy Spirit!” This is not magic, it is just
inviting the Spirit of God to help you start your day. I like that.
In this crazy world we live in…I need all the help I can get. How
about you? Are you up for the challenge?
You can also hear God by reading the Bible. Just ask the Holy Spirit
to help you hear Him. His Word is amazing and it will be a light to
know you have heard people say, “We want JUSTICE!” You
have probably said it yourself at one time or another. I get what
they mean, but what they want and what they need are two different
things. Justice goes hand in hand with judgment, and they have no
heart. It is pretty easy to judge people these days. We can judge
people on their race, their religion, their lifestyle, their work,
their politics, what they own or don’t own, and even what they say.
The list is pretty endless. Why do we do it? Because we CAN. It is
easy to sit in judgment of other people, and let’s face it, sometimes
it is even fun…particularly at Walmart. LOL.
is the problem: What we want is justice, but what we need is grace!
Nobody is perfect. We all live in glass houses and have no right to
judge others. In fact, Scripture tells us that we will be judged by
the same measure that we judge others. I am not talking about our
elected judges. They are part of our legal system to help us keep
civil order. I am talking about you and me. None of us can cast
stones at one another without some repercussions. Judgment is getting
what we deserve. Grace is getting what we don’t deserve!
I was growing up, there was a courtroom drama called Perry Mason. It
was a great show and well scripted. The main character, Perry Mason
(played by Raymond Burr), showed how justice was served in a good
way. We have come a long way from those days. Now we have Judge Judy
and Better Call Saul. Judge Judy is known for sizing up someone in a
matter of a couple of minutes and handing out justice. There is no
grace in her courtroom. On Better Call Saul, Saul Goodman (played by
Bob Odenkirk), the law is shown to be inadequate, unfair, and Saul is
the master loophole finder. He can take a good law and twist it like
a pretzel to his advantage. It is entertaining television…and yet
discouraging to think how true to life this really is.
want a fair and equitable judgment when we have been the victim.
There is nothing wrong with that…but life is not always fair or
equitable. That is why we need grace. Grace has a partner, and that
is mercy. They don’t go anywhere without one another. They are filled
with love, compassion, understanding, and forgiveness. They are the
perfect prescription for what ails the world right now. We want
justice and judgment, but what we need is grace and mercy!
have been guilty of being judgmental at various times in my life. It
is not something I am proud of, but I have asked God to forgive me
for it and help me to see people through HIS eyes…with love. Jackie
DeShannon wrote a beautiful song many years ago and the lyrics go
the world needs now, is love sweet love.
the only thing that there’s just too little of.
the world needs now, is love sweet love.
not just for some, but for everyone.”
mercy are gift wrapped in love! That is what we all need now.
ancient Chinese proverb says, “The journey of 1,000 miles begins
with a single step.” The problem with the proverb is that many
people don’t know which direction to go! That is why we have people
graduating from college with degrees that have nothing to do with
their gifts or their calling.
had that dilemma myself when I first started college. I thought I
would be interested in being a Dentist. The only problem was that I
had no real love for science! LOL. I found out pretty quick that I
had to change gears or I was going to be mismatched to my degree.
as it turned out, was a great match for me. I took quickly to the
business school courses and excelled (most of the time). I found out
I was NOT gifted in accounting though! That was not my thing. My
gifting seemed to be geared more towards marketing and sales.
had been an entrepreneur since 7th grade. My dad made some
business cards for me and a buddy of mine. We started a lawn care
business and went to work. That was pretty good money for a kid, but
not easy by any means.
I got into high school, my brother sold me a sno cone business that
he had run for a couple of years and done pretty well with. He sold
me the route which included a 1948 Willis Jeep that already had a
gazillion miles on it, but continued to run every day. Over the next
two summers, I did pretty well. The second summer I made enough in 3
months to pay cash for a new car and put $500 in the bank for
college. This was back in 1969 and 1970 when the dollar actually had
some value. LOL.
worked from sun up to sun down 5 to 6 days a week. It was a great
business and I made a lot of money to help me get what I wanted…a
new car! My dad instilled in me the ethic of hard work, being on
time, and setting goals. My brother inspired me to compete and excel
in my work. He and I have a great relationship…but we are both very
competitive and both of us hate to lose.
point in all of this is that if you are struggling with finding your
path, look to how you are naturally gifted. Pray about it and ask God
to direct your path. He will if you ask Him and follow Him. Seek
counsel from people you truly admire. It is OK to try things along
the way to test the waters and see if it is really something you
could do for a living.
in life I was between jobs and interviewing for a job that would
require me to sit at a desk all day and answer the phone. The lady
took one look at my resume and did me a huge favor by being honest
with me. She said, “You have been in outside sales all your life.
This job would drive you nuts!” I was shocked at her brutal
honesty, but I really appreciated her saving us both a lot of grief
had multiple careers over my lifetime, but all of my work has been
interlocked with my gifting and my calling. In each job I was
involved in not just sales and marketing, but also in training and
development. I have utilized all of that experience even to this day
as I teach kids in grade school.
I also have a gift for writing and motivation, I use that as well to
help others and inspire people to find their path…beginning early
in life. That is why I love teaching kids. They are like little
sponges and just need to soak up the right stuff to help them make
wise choices and find their way in this maze called life.
each of us, this is one of the most important things we can do for
our own happiness and sanity. Nobody wants to end up late in their
career and realize that their pathway lead to a dead end, and yet it
happens way to often. Find your calling then take your first step of
1,000 miles in the right direction. The journey is the blessing, not
just the endpoint. Shalom!