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I Know He Watches Over Me

I Know He Watches Over Me

I Know He Watches Over Me

“So Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:31 NIV

In this passage of scripture, Jesus is telling us that we are worth more than many sparrows. Jesus told His followers that they will face persecution because of their faith in Him, but he reminds them that he is with us no matter what happens. Jesus tells His disciples to not worry. In scripture he says, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your father’s care. And even the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”

Friends If God cares this much about a tiny sparrow, just think about how much he cares about you and I. God loves us unconditionally and he cares about every part of our lives. You matter, never doubt that for a second. Do you realize that we, the human race are unique among God’s creation, and there is nothing made in his image except for us. God is amazing.

His eye is on the sparrow was written in 1905 by lyricist Civilla D. Marin and composer Charles H. Gabriel. The song has been sung by many artists over the years: including Tanya Blount and Lauryn Hill, who recorded it for the Sister Act 2 soundtrack. Mahalia Jackson’s recording of the song was honored with the Grammy Hall of Fame Award. This list also includes Ethal Waters, Gladys Knight, and Whitney Houston.

 May the words of this song encourage you, like it has encouraged me:

Why should I feel discouraged

Why should the shadows come

Why should my heart be lonely

And long for heav’n and home

When Jesus is my portion?

My constant friend is he;

His eye is on the sparrow

And I know he watches me;

I sing because I’m happy,

I sing because I am free

For his eye is on the sparrow,

And I know he watches over me

Let not your heart be troubled,

His tender word I hear,

And resting on his goodness

I lose my doubts and fears

Though by the path he leadeth

But one step I may see;

His eye is on the sparrow,

And I know he watches over me

Whenever I am tempted,

Whenever clouds arise;

When songs give place to sighing,

When hope within me dies,

I draw the closer to him,

From care he sets me free;

His eye is on the sparrow,

And I know he watches me.

I know he watches me.

Amen!

No Worries

No Worries

Together with kindness and in understanding, let’s take this time to self reflect. I am here to inspire, encourage, and remind you that God has given us the most important weapon we have to fight the enemy, His Word.

Now let’s dress our soul like we dress our bodies, EVERYDAY!

No Worries

In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.” Psalm 18:6 KJV

How many of you remember the song, Hakuna Matata? This cute little song came from the movie, Lion King. The words Hakuna Matata is a Swahili phrase meaning, “no trouble” and “no worries” This animated musical drama was produced by Walt Disney Pictures in 1994. Along with an all star cast, the movie made 968.5 million dollars. It is still one of my personal feel good favorites.

We all know the story, King of the lion pride, Mufasa along with his queen welcome a newborn son Simba. Mufasa’s brother Scar coveted the thrown and conspired to kill his brother. He then tricked young Simba into believing that his father’s death was his fault, telling him to leave and never return. Leaving he eventually found friends and learn the truth about his uncle Scar. Simba takes his rightful place as king and the circle of life continues.

Like this story, life is full of highs, lows, and challenges. Even in the mist of the journey, we can have peace of mind, knowing we are not alone in our struggles. Scripture reminds us, “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?  Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?” Matthew 6:25-26 KJV

Hakuna Matata friends!

Remember friends, we are each other’s keeper and the only time we should be looking down on someone is when we are helping them up.

Part 2, Lessons of Job

Part 2, Lessons of Job

Together with kindness and in understanding, let’s take this time to self reflect. I am here to inspire, encourage, and remind you that God has given us the most important weapon we have to fight the enemy, His Word.

Now let’s dress our soul like we dress our bodies, EVERYDAY!

Part 2, Lessons of Job

“When they saw him from a distance they could hardly recognize him; they began to weep aloud, and they tore their robes and sprinkled dust on their heads.” Job 2:12 NIV

briefly let’s review some points from last week’s lesson on Job. Job was a righteous man in Gods eyes, and he was allowed to undergo a variety of trials initiated by Satan, but permitted and limited by God, in order to demonstrate Job’s righteousness and faithfulness. He dealt with devastating family, financial, and health issue.

Even in all these woes we can take away some lessons of Job that may help us:

  • God is Great, His greatness surpasses our imagination of what greatness truly looks like because we are limited.
  • Our strength is in God, not ourselves.
  • Our faith works only when we work our faith. Faith is an action word.
  • Get somewhere and sit down, we gotta learn to be still ya’ll, I am not telling you what I think here, I am telling you what I know, I can hear so much better when I am still. That’s it, just breathe.
  • We must recognize that each person’s suffering is unique. Sometimes people are not going to understand how we feel in the heat of our struggles, but God does. He is the one we can pour everything out too; believe me friends He can handle it.
  • Sometimes my dear hearts, we may never know “why” don’t let it stop you from experiencing Gods healing to move on, because at the end of the day we must put and keep our trust in Him.

Regardless of the trials and challenges we face friends, God rewards faithfulness. He is not looking for perfection, I believe he is looking for people who when they fall, they get back up and try again. Will we let anything separate us from the Love of God?

Remember friends, we are each other’s keeper and the only time we should be looking down on someone is when we are helping them up.

When You’re Going Through Something: Part 1

When You’re Going Through Something: Part 1

Together with kindness and in understanding, let’s take this time to self reflect. I am here to inspire, encourage, and remind you that God has given us the most important weapon we have to fight the enemy, His Word.

Now let’s dress our soul like we dress our bodies, EVERYDAY!

When You’re Going Through Something

Part 1

“And he said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” Job 1:21 NKJV

The Book of Job does not specifically name its author. Some of the most likely candidates are Job, Moses, and Solomon. In any case we cannot be sure of the actual date of the writing. The Book of Job gives us a few thoughts to remember:

  • Satan cannot bring financial and physical destruction upon us unless it is by God’s permission.
  • God has power over what Satan can and cannot do
  • It is beyond our human ability to understand the “why’s” behind suffering in the world
  • No matter the situation we must continue to give him praise in all circumstances

The book of Job starts off with an introduction of him. He lived in the land of Uz. He was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil. He had seven sons and three daughters. He ownedseven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen, five hundred female donkeys, and a very large household. He was the greatest of all the people of the East.

The scripture says,

 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them. And the Lord said to Satan, “From where do you come?” So, Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.” Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?” So, Satan answered the Lord and said, “Does Job fear God for nothing? Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face!” And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person.” So, Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.

It was at that moment that things took a nosedive for Job. The messages came and kept on coming. His oxen, donkeys, and camels had been taken away, the sheep were all burned up, and a great wind struck the four corners of his house and fell on your children, killing them all.

I know we have all gone through our own personal thunderstorm, that are filled with lightening and damaging winds. Standing there soaked in the rains of life, did you find yourself asking the Lord, how long? A broken heart, and with tears coursing down my own face over the years, I praise him say, Hallelujah anyhow.

When you are going through something, the world can feel like such a lonely place. The Book of Job reminds us that there is plenty going on behinds the scenes. Just look around. The lesson of Job teaches us to trust God with and in all things, even when we do not understand. Psalm 18:30 tells us, that Gods way are PERFECT. His thoughts are not our thoughts, and our ways are not His. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are His ways and thoughts higher than ours. AMEN!

Remember friends, we are each other’s keeper and the only time we should be looking down on someone is when we are helping them up.

Shut it Up

Shut it Up

Together with kindness and in understanding, let’s take this time to self reflect. I am here to inspire, encourage, and remind you that God has given us the most important weapon we have to fight the enemy, His Word.

Now let’s dress our soul like we dress our bodies, EVERYDAY!

Shut it Up!

Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live forever! My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him; and also, O king, I have done no wrong before you.” Daniel 6:21-22 NKJV

I really enjoy reading all the different books of the bible. However, Daniel is one of my favorites. It deals with, kidnapping, the constant death threat of he and his companions, dreams, the fiery furnace, madness of a king, feast, the lion dens, and so much more. Today’s lesson in a nutshell, teaches us about the promises and faithfulness of God.

Test and trials come friends, they always do, but they are no match for our God. When the lion comes seeking to devour us, God has the power to shut it up right before our eyes.

The story of Daniel in the lions’ den, shows Daniel defying King Darius’s decree to pray to him for thirty days. Now we already know Daniel wasn’t having none of that. When it came to his praise and worship time, it was to the one true and living God also known as the Great I Am.

There is nothing new under the sun friends and just like we have instigator (busy bodies) today, they had them then too. No doubt these jealousy men were looking to entrap Daniel in their foolish scheme.

Daniel not only follows his principles but stayed true to his faith in God. His faithfulness, work ethic, and integrity made it impossible for his adversaries to find grounds for charges against him. Instead, the king was reminded that Daniel was trustworthy, neither corrupt nor negligent. God does rescue Daniel, sending His angel to shut the mouth of the lions so they do not harm him. Can you see Daniel, all laid back as he uses one of those lions as a pillow for his head, and another one to prop up his feet to get his rest on? Yes indeed, he knew he was safe in the hands of the Lord.

It is a reminder friends to be careful of the things we say about others. The lesson we learn here is mistreating the people of God will never turn out good. In the end, the king commanded that the men who had falsely accused Daniel be brought in and thrown into the lions’ den. And not just them, but their wives and children too.

The king issued a new decree in every part of his kingdom, that people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel. The King said,

“For he is the living God

And he endures forever;

His kingdoms will not be destroyed,

His dominion will never end.

He rescues and he saves;

He performs signs and wonders

In the heavens and on the earth.

He has rescued Daniel

From the power of the lions.”

Remember friends, we are each other’s keeper and the only time we should be looking down on someone is when we are helping them up.

Inspirational Travel

Inspirational Travel

Together with kindness and in understanding, let’s take this time to self reflect. I am here to inspire, encourage, and remind you that God has given us the most important weapon we have to fight the enemy, His Word.

Now let’s dress our soul like we dress our bodies, EVERYDAY!

Inspirational Travel

“The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.” Psalm 24:1-2 KJV

Do you hear the proclamation in the scripture today? God’s sovereignty is over EVERYTHING throughout the World. Here the psalmist David affirms the truth that the Lord owns all Creation, including us.  In my mind I see this as a brief reflection of the first chapter of Genesis as incredible significance of this simple statement, for by God’s Word he spoken EVERYTHING into existence. One writer I read, explained it like this, ”Spirit of God hovered over the darkness, on the face of the deep. And light and darkness, day and night, dry land and sea, heaven and earth, sun and moon, and the construction of the great domed firmament that divides the waters above from the water below, was assembled with supernatural precision. God is awesome friends. You talk about power, that our God. I tell you this one thing. I’d rather be on his side, than in his way! Whatcha think? Amen!

Today I bring you greetings from South Padre Island, Texas. Even on vacation friends, I am never too busy to talk about the goodness of God. He has been so good to me. I thank him for his mercy and for being my daily bread through his Word.

Here are eight interesting facts from Swim/Swam Magazine, about South Padre Island that I didn’t know:

ONE – You’ll Float Better

The Laguna Madre Bay is a “hyper-saline” bay meaning the salt content is higher than the rest of the ocean. It is one of only six hyper-saline bays in the world. This makes it extremely important for Gulf of Mexico sea-life including dolphins and sea turtles which migrate to the Laguna Madre to hatch or raise their young. The only saltier body of water in the US is the Great Salt Lake in Utah.

TWO – A Chance at Gold (and Silver)

South Padre Island is home to several shipwrecks. During the1500’s Spain used South Padre Island to export resources from Mexico to Spain. The ‘Wreck of the 300’ in 1554 lost millions of dollars in silver. Treasure hunters still flock to the area looking for lost treasure. In Texas, you have to turn any lost treasure over to the state.

 THREE – It might Make You Stronger

The first residents of the island were the Karankawa Indians. Local legend claims they were taller and stronger than the average man. They protected their island with massive bows and large arrows that most men could not draw back.

FOUR – The Lighthouse Lights the Way

The Port Isabel Lighthouse sits in the smallest state park in Texas. However, unlike most lighthouses in the US, this lighthouse is open for the public to climb and enjoy the great panoramic view of the area.

FIVE – Turtles Love This Place

Interestingly, South Padre Island is known for ecotourism. Winter Bird-watching and turtle rescue are important draws to the island. Sea Turtle, Inc, allows you to volunteer to help rescue and rehabilitate turtles during your vacation. You can even adopt your very own sea turtle.

 SIX – It’s a tropical Island

Never been to South Padre Island? Need a point of reference? South Padre island latitude is roughly the same as Nassau, Bahamas. Average daily temperature in November is approximately 78 degrees.

SEVEN – South Padre holds the Title

Padre Island holds the title of the Longest Undeveloped Barrier Island seashore in the World.

EIGHT – The Surf Is Up

Globally Texas may not be known for it’s surf but it does exist. Surf culture on South Padre Island are always ready for that next wave.

Remember friends, we are each other’s keeper and the only time we should be looking down on someone is when we are helping them up.

We Are Family

We Are Family

Together with kindness and in understanding, let’s take this time to self reflect. I am here to inspire, encourage, and remind you that God has given us the most important weapon we have to fight the enemy, His Word.

Now let’s dress our soul like we dress our bodies, EVERYDAY!

We Are Family

“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named.” Ephesians 3:14-15 ESV

My cousins Alesha, Ronnie, my sister Patricia, and I were all born on the 22nd of our birth months. We are the first four grandchildren of the late, Leroy and Jannie Green Sr. Along with my other cousins, Mark, Marcus, Chris, and Roderick, we were ready to get this summer started.

When I close my eyes, I can see myself as a kid, standing there on the bricked flowerpot in front of my grandparent’s house enjoying the day with my cousins. I can hear the ice cream truck music as its soon to be heading our way. I can see my cousins riding their bikes down the hill of Harp Street, missing ditches, and cars, thank goodness. From helping our grandparents with honeydews around the house, to shelling big brown bags of field peas, learning how to properly clean fresh greens with Morton’s salt, helping grandma hang clothes on the  line in the backyard with some of those wooden clothing pins that hung from her apron. The line is long gone, but the polls still remain. That backyard seemed so much bigger when I was a kid, as we played red rover, red rover. It never seemed to be too hot for us. It was a simpler time then. No worries. All we had to do was just be kids.

At the end of the day, there were those perfect nights, with a gentle cool breeze that blew through the entire house. You could smell frying coming out the kitchen as us kids washed our hand to get ready for the family feast. My aunts and uncles are all back from their busy days. Finally, we are all here together, ready to break bread as we thank God for the food. I proudly look around at everyone in this camp, thinking to myself: These are my people, we are family.

The Word of God has plenty to share with us about family. God’s Word is full of wisdom and guidance for every stage of family life. The Word also teaches us that our families are a blessing from God. Within the confines of the family, we find love, encouragement, support, and strength.

Keeping it real, there is no perfect family, because we are not perfect people. However, even in our imperfections love remains the key to the family. When we come together it gives us all the opportunity to build up each other in what we can do together. It is an attitude of positivity and optimism that we must bring to the family table.

No matter the challenges, we are each other’s keeper. I believe in you, and I am going to keep right on lifting you up on your journey. Why? Because that is what families are supposed to do. Our families are there to cheer us on as they use their words to speak good things to us, and their loving hands to pull us up when we fall. Nothing is impossible for a family that lives by, “a family that prays together, stays together.”

Here are a few thoughts to take with you family:

  • The same blood that flows through your vein’s, flows through mine.
  • We encourage, not discourage each other.
  • We celebrate our uniqueness and gifts.
  • We are proud of each other’s accomplishments.
  • My family is an adventure I am always willing to take.
  • We love each other with our actions.

Remember friends, we are each other’s keeper and the only time we should be looking down on someone is when we are helping them up.

A Witness

A Witness

Together with kindness and in understanding, let’s take this time to self reflect. I am here to inspire, encourage, and remind you that God has given us the most important weapon we have to fight the enemy, His Word.

Now let’s dress our soul like we dress our bodies, EVERYDAY!

A Witness

“You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “and my servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor shall there be any after me. I, I am the Lord, and besides me there is no savior. I declared and saved and proclaimed, when there was no strange god among you and you are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “and I am God.” Isaiah 43:10-12 ESV

Years ago my daughter and I had went to visit my sister in Little Rock, Arkansas, during that visit, I took the kids outside to play and observed a young man working on his car. From under the hood and back inside the car to turn the key, he did this multiple times without success. Leaving the car with the hood up and door open, he went back in the house for what seemed to be a long time. When he came back outside, I noticed that he had a little bottle in his hand. Not paying anyone any attention, he lifted that bottle toward the Heavens and even though I couldn’t hear him, I felt him saying the Our Father Prayer.

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread.

12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. Matthew 6:9-13 kJV

Once he finished praying, he took some of the contents of the bottle into his hand as he walked and prayed, he smeared it once around the car, in the name of the Father, then twice around the car, in the name of the Son and finally a third time, in the name of the Holy Ghost. I watched that young man, put the hood down, and he got back into his car, and when he turned the ignition, it started up. Then he got out of that car, shouting and dancing as he gave God the praise. Not only did he give him praise, but I did too. In that moment we were two people sharing Gods Glory. No words, just praises to the Good Lord above, who just can’t fail. Our technology is no match for Him. This young man was a receiver of a miracle and me, I was a witness to it.

God fixed it that I could be there to witness faith, in adversity, faith in trials, faith that moves mountains, faith that parts seas, and yes, faith that starts automobiles. The prayers of the righteous availeth much. Prayer! Prayer! Prayer! Prayer my friends is a powerful weapon in the life of the believer, for it has the power to change the condition of things in our lives. Amen!

Remember friends we are each others keeper and the only time we should be looking down on someone is when we are helping them up.

A Bridge Over Troubled Waters

A Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Together with kindness and in understanding, let’s take this time to self reflect. I am here to inspire, encourage, and remind you that God has given us the most important weapon we have to fight the enemy, His Word.

Now let’s dress our soul like we dress our bodies, EVERYDAY!

A Bridge Over Troubled Waters

“And when He had entered into a boat, His disciples followed Him. And behold, there arose a great tempest on the sea, insomuch that the boat was covered with the waves; but He was asleep. And His disciples came to. Him and wake Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We perish!” And He said unto them, “Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?” Then he arose and rebuked the wind and the sea, and there was a great calm. Matthew 8:23-26 NKJV

Leading up to Jesus and is disciples leaving from Capernaum, a great many things happened. In Matthew Chapter eight, we see Jesus in supernatural mode with the miracles of healing. He starts things off by healing a man with Leprosy. The man came and knelt before Jesus, which is a clear indication that he had heard about what he can do. He said to Jesus, “Lord if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man saying, “I am willing, be clean.”

Next, we have the faith of the Centurion. His servant was at home paralyzed and suffering terribly. Wasn’t this thoughtful of him? To think of the servant, who perhaps may have been more of a friend to him, than his own kinfolks. Jesus did ask him if he needed him to come to his home, but thoughtfully he knew his house wasn’t in any shape for the King of Kings. Knowing we are only filthy rags before his majesty and glory. He said to Jesus, “just say the word.”  Here we see a clear view of faith in action as the Centurion recognized the power of God’s Word. Jesus said to him, “Go, let it be done just as you believed it would.”

A busy Jesus continued healing many. Coming to the rescue, He cured those who had fever, possession, infirmities, and disease. It was finally to leave the area. And after a long day it was time to get some rest. Can you see him friends, as he finds himself a quiet corner on the deck of the boat. With his own soft animal skin blanket, he neatly folds it up to make a pillow for his head. He lay’s back listening to his disciples talk about all of the amazing things they witnessed Jesus do, how many people were helped, and that the word will travel far and wide about our Jesus. Still in my own thoughts, I see him casting his eyes upward to the heavenly skies, tuning out their conversation. As the boat rocked, a sleepy Jesus yawns, until He drifted off to sleep. What a peaceful sight.

As Jesus was getting some much-needed ZZ’s, there came a sudden furious storm on the water, so the waves swept over the boat. All in an uproar and afraid the disciples woke up a sleeping Jesus saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown! Now here they are on board with the Son of the Living God, and they are worried about a storm. It was apparent they already forgot all of the healing and miracles he performed just today! Can you see them all in a panic, talking and shaking Jesus awake all at once? Jesus woke up to commotion on the ocean and I am not talking about the storm.

Naturally Jesus’ first step was to get everyone to calm down, for they were gripped with fear. Jesus then said, “you of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and waves, and it was completely calm. Can you imagine in those moments what the disciples must have felt, as they realized what message they sent to Jesus by their actions. Can you hear them friends talking as Jesus tries to go back to sleep. I can hear them saying, “ya’ll we gotta do better. Here we are on board with the Captain of the sea, we know there is nothing ordinary about Him, he is God among us, He has all power and he wasn’t going to let anything happen to us on this journey. And how do we repay him?” When they arrived on the other side of the region, Jesus restored two demon possessed men.

I am reminded that Jesus is my bridge over troubled waters. And when the waters seek to take me under, he comes to my rescue pulling me from depths unknown. In this life there are many kinds of storms. The winds are strong, the rains can be quiet heavy, and the disruption can leave plenty of debris in our path. But there is something about knowing that Jesus is my bridge over troubled waters, and even when I fail friends, I know that because of He lives I can face today, tomorrow, and the next day!! He has the power to bring us through the storms. Hang your anchor into His Word.  Amen!

Remember friends, we are each other’s keeper and the only time we should be looking down on someone is when we are helping them up.

The Comeback Kid

The Comeback Kid

Together with kindness and in understanding, let’s take this time to self reflect. I am here to inspire, encourage, and remind you that God has given us the most important weapon we have to fight the enemy, his Word.

Now let’s dress our soul like we dress our bodies, EVERYDAY!

The Comeback Kid: David the Underdog

David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the LORD will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”
As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.
So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.

1 Samuel 17:45-50 (NIV)

The term comeback kid means a person who repeatedly demonstrates the prosperity to overcome tragedy, and rebound to triumph and victory. Let’s look at our comeback kid, a young David. David was the youngest of eight sons of Jesse, He spent much of his boyhood tending his family’s flock. One day he was summoned from the fields by the prophet Samuel, who anointed him king of Israel while Saul was still king. When Israel came into conflict with the Philistines, David’s brothers went to fight for king Saul. We see David- the underdog traveling back and forth to the camp to bring his brothers food and supplies. But this kid was meant for so much more.

Everyone loves the underdog/comeback kid, from Rocky Balboa, in all the Rocky movies, to real life stories like, Schinder’s List and Hidden Figures. How about those amazing documentaries that take us on the personal journeys of agonies, defeat, and a will to overcome illness, addiction, and the homelessness of skid row. And  those we know personally who overcame many obstacles  of what seemed like impossible odds to reach their dreams: Things like: first to finish high school, college, buy a home, or start a business.

Whether you’ve had tons of victories in life, or very few, the bible says that if you are in Christ, you’re an over comer! What does it mean to be an over comer in the Bible? It’s is our faith in Christ to persevere through the obstacles. It’s about staying true to God, even when it’s not easy. When it gets hard.

Here are some thoughts to take with you as you face the giants in your life:

Start by show up, reaching further than you have, means doing things you’ve never done.

When things get hard, Don’t run away. Press on through.

Don’t let fear rob you of taking chances.

You don’t have time to get lost in what other people think.

Stay true to yourself, and use what works for you.

Understand the rewards of winning.

No time like the present. Start with where you are and with what you’ve got.

David chose five smooth stones. He did not choose someone else’s weapon, he chose what he knew would work for him. That knowledge though the power of God, empower him to defeat Goliath.

Remember friends, we are each other’s keeper and the only time we should be looking down on someone is when we are helping them up.