Fourteen years ago, today, July 23rd became known as “Davyd Day”. A great son was born unto me and unto this world. Davyd, my son and my pride, you are the greatest son a man could have! Prior to your birth, many assumed that I’d name you after me. Yet, it was never a thought or an intention to do so. We’ve had this talk before, from the time you were days old to recent months. I wanted you to have a name greater than mine, and have strived to raise you in a way that you will one day be a greater man than I. Most fathers want their sons to “be like them” but I have never desired that for you. I mean, think about it. How many Bryans have you known to slay giants or defeat thousands, in service to God? How many Bryans’ names have rung through history in the same way as “David”, your namesake.
I pray that you continue the current path you’re on, to becoming an amazing man. We’ve been through some challenges over the past few years, some major and some minor. We’ve laughed together and we’ve argued together. We’ve fought for one another. We’ve fought against each other. We’ve even simply fought one another. When I look over all that has gone down, all that comes to mind right now is “Iron sharpens iron!” In this process, there are often sparks and depending on what incendiaries are lying around, there is sometimes fire. Just know that whatever fires I have to endure, I will, if it means better for you.
Davyd Hollomon Williams, you are a blessing to my life and always have been. You bring the laughter and light-heartedness we often need even when we don’t know we need it. Your personality, your wit, your special brand of silly, and your creativity stand out and set you apart from typical teens in this day and age. I am confident that you have all it takes to be successful at everything your heart desires to do. Though I want you to be better than me, my heart swells when I see snippets of me in you. Son, please know that I am ridiculously proud of you, who you are, the choices you’ve recently made, and the man you are becoming. Honestly, words can’t truly describe what I am feeling in my heart concerning you, hence, my rambling.
I am grateful to God for you, Davyd Hollomon Williams! I LOVE YOU SON!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
I think about different things concerning my life; my past, my present, and my future. This evening, my old temper came to mind. Running through the memories of fights and arguments and bottled up tensions, my mind settled on a fight I had many years ago. I had my opponent pinned down. I picked up a nearby brick to put a permanent end to the fight, but something clicked. Instead of bashing his head in, I pressed it firmly against the side of his head, so he'd know what things could have been. I then, tossed the brick and went on about my business. I never had another issue with this particular adversary.
While thinking about this, I can't help but thank God for grabbing my hand and staying my wrath. I thank God for being my kill switch. Thinking even further on times that my temper got ridiculous, I can pretty much identify moments when the switch clicked. I'd gather myself and distance myself from whatever/whomever was drawing the worst out of me. As I've grown older and happier with my life, my temper is seen less and less. Again, I thank God for ALL that He has done to bring me to THIS point in my life where I can speak openly about my life, my struggles, my victories, and so much more. Thank You God, for being my Kill Switch!
My heart has ALWAYS held that there is a Power in our world, greater than man and anything man can do and create. My soul has always been, low-key, mindful of this. Yes, I went to church all my life as a kid. I did what I was told and followed all the Catholic rules. It's what I was supposed to do. Yet there is a Kill Switch to such things as well. At the point of this particular switch being flipped, I was drawn in, individually toward Jesus Christ. It took a little over four years for me to realize where I was being led. During those few years, I began studying things like religion and the Bible for myself and my own knowledge. By the time Jesus reached out to grab me, I knew that He did not belong to a denomination, to a temple, or to a particular people. He belongs to ALL!!
Jesus does not look for you to drop offerings before He brings you salvation. He does not look for you to be working before you come to Him. He does not care who your clique, team, church, pastor, family, or friends are when He comes. He does not care whether you are clean, dirty, healthy or contagious as you approach! For He is JESUS, by whom we all are saved, if only we'll choose Him over all else. There is a void in mankind that no job, no amount of money, no amount of fame, and no amount of sex can fill!! JESUS is the Answer, the Bridge, the Way, the Truth, and the Life!! By Him and only Him, are we able to make it home to God, our Creator. Via Jesus, we DO have Life and Life more abundantly!!
If you feel you've reached a dead end; if you seek better for yourself, your family, your children; if you hunger for something greater than what this world could ever offer; if you are tired of falling short to sin and failing on your shortcuts; if you need a light of guidance to know what's best for you and seek redemption and salvation, PLEASE come to Jesus! Let us pray: Dear Lord Jesus, I am tired of living life my way, which has availed me nothing. I need you now, Jesus, to come into my life and make better the mess I've created. I acknowledge that You are the Son of God who did die for my sins to offer me eternal life. Please forgive my sins and show me the Way, the Truth, and the Life Whom You are. I accept you into my life, my heart, and my soul as my Lord and Savior. Show me the way You would have me to go. Thank You Jesus! Amen!!
P.S. There is a Kill Switch that you have access to, and it is the switch that turns off the maddening ways of this world and turns on the power of God, through Jesus Christ, in your life. The ball is in your court, and has been for quite some time.......
Bryan Hollomon Williams