This passed weekend, I had to opportunity to visit the home town of my Woman. It was a great trip and a great experience. I felt so at home with folks I was meeting for the very first time. I often wish that I'd made a different choice in 1995, that would have allowed me to experience Desoto and Americus way before now. If I had, then I would have been able to meet two of the most important people in my Love's life, "Bubba" & "O". The reality of it all is that I took a different path, which led me to a whole bunch of stuff that ultimately made me the man I am today. Fortunately, God saw fit to open my eyes to my own heart, where someone special has always had a place. After uncovering the debris of dumb decisions and all the dust, dirt and rubble that comes with it, I found my "front porch girl" again.......a dream of which my heart never let go. Long story short, I am grateful for the NOW that God has given us, our kids, and our family. The NOW is what matters most, and the only things of the past that we allow ourselves to bring along are the love and lessons that fuel our hearts and souls. If home is truly where the heart is, then I spent the weekend, at home. I am blessed!
Sunday, we went to church at New Zion Baptist, and it reminded me so much of going to church at Williams Chapel with my Grandmother, Aunt Stella, and Uncle Frank. It made me miss Mt. Vernon, AL a good bit. There were a couple of scriptures mentioned in the sermon that had new meaning to me, on this particular day, though I've read them many times before.......
"But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you......." -Acts 3:14-
Think about the choices we make, as humans. We tend to want what's easy, even if it means denying or turning our backs to what's right and just. Selfish behavior, it is. We are quicker to invited lies into our lives than we are to accept truth. Sometimes, it's simply because we want to be in the flow of things, afraid of standing out or being rejected by the crowd. I'd take external conflict over internal conflict any day! Peace of mind and spirit are of great value. To have it, is to have rest, to have focus, to have endurance. Without it, life is miserable.
Sometimes it is good to simply hold on to your basic morals and high standards. Just because the government or the T.V., or the internet makes it okay, doesn't mean that God is in agreement. Sometimes we think that serving the whims and ways of the world will keep us safe from the world, but in actuality, we're preventing ourselves from the knowing and fully experiencing all the God has in store for us. In light of the aforementioned scripture, choosing anything over God is the choice of death. You will find yourself robbed of the very things that give you life as God intended. Those who live by the world, die by the world. Those who live by the Word, LIVE by the Word!!
"Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts." - Acts 3:2-
Why not bring the man, in most need, INTO the temple, INTO the Church?? Why do we, ABLE-BODIED, men and women like to leave out the folks who truly need to be brought in and blessed. Ministry is GOD'S work, intended to be done THROUGH us! Imagine the very men carrying this cripple, dressed nicely and HAVING all of that which they need, leaving another to beg for his bare minimum, if that. I've seen it in so many churches in which I've served and been a member, the "haves" taking care of "haves", yet ignoring and frowning upon the "have nots". So many people in our day are left to beg, outside the doors of our churches, in the surrounding neighborhoods of our churches, in the parking lot of our churches, yet NO ONE invites them in. Our excuses maybe that we have no spare change or that we believe that it's a scam. Let's say you're right. Nothing exposes the state of a heart or the truth of one's intent, like an invitation INTO the temple, INTO the Body, INTO the dwelling of our Lord.
If you know the scripture, then you should know the story. What we need most is not money, to survive. We need GOD first and foremost. Through Him, we have it all. We have all we need, our daily bread. To all the Pastors, ministers, and preachers of the world, stop leaving folks at the gate to beg, when you KNOW what is needed and it is as free as the air we breathe.......until the the world decides t regulate THAT along with everything else God gave to us freely.......
HAPPY MONDAY Y'ALL!! TIME TO GO TO WORK!! I LOVE YOU ALL, EACH AND EVERY ONE!!
Bryan Hollomon Williams