Archive for April, 2012

Running of the Bulls

April 30, 2012

With a little over a minute left in the 4th quarter of the first game of the playoffs, Derrick Rose underwent the much publicized injury to his ACL. Depending on who you ask, the Bulls playoff chances also collapsed in the heap. Regardless of that opinion, it’s the public stigma that the Bulls must show that they are poised to make a run deep into the playoffs and, perhaps to the Finals. The world of sports is very much a ‘what have you done for me lately’ framed world. But, as a Bulls fan, I’m encouraged. Many of those doubters would have their mouths wide open if I would’ve told them months ago, that the Bulls would go 18-9 without Rose in the regular season. Many have their mouths open now since Derrick Rose has been lost for the season. Yet again, I believe they will have their mouths open in gasp, as the Bulls continue to succeed and plow forward to the Finals.

What they continue to discount is the Bulls’ heart, experience and selflessness to play together as a unit, coupled with the workman mentality on defense, teamwork and stone-cold execution. With Coach Tibs at the helm, I’m a confident Bulls fan that our team will come together yet again in this crucial time. Rose’s latest injury cannot be placed on Coach Tib’s shoulders, as, from where I sit, Rose’s injury was not a product of being in an already settled game. More-so, I see it as an unfortunate injury rather than a bad decision to keep him in. The bottom line of it is, the Bulls are on the cusp of making yet another great run with doubters, but more importantly true fans, in tow. I am a believer that the same grit, determination, teamwork and willpower is enough to overcome. More importantly, I believe each player and coach believes that. It’s that belief and determination, coupled with execution which carried them through an injury-prone season. It will also be the determinate in what propels them forward now.

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B-B-T Pt. 1: Breakdown

April 30, 2012

My first car that I got was a ’95 Chevy Corsica. Along the way, my loyal steed has gotten in a few fender benders, and one of my goals is to restore it. With that said, I don’t just want to restore it to its original state, but I want it to shine, glimmer; be better than the original state I received it in. How much more does Jesus Christ love us and want a relationship with Him, greater than ever before?

When it comes to car restorations, one of the first steps is breaking down and taking apart the vehicle. Whether if it’s to sand, strip, etc, a breakup of some type must occur to gain the desired result. As we go through life, you’re going to face various trials, tough times and challenges, breakdowns if you will. In Romans 8:18, it says The sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory which shall be revealed in us.” For God to get the glory out of our lives, we have to go through sufferings. For us to truly know Him, we have to go through things that push our comfort zone. We have to be willing to press through so that God can reveal Himself. In this scripture, there’s a condition: for the glory to be revealed, we must go through. Shall infers a future tense, meaning we may not see how God is going to show up in our present struggles. But, please believe, God is going to do it.

Many times, we don’t see the struggles, the hurts, pains, and difficulties in the proper perspective. So many times, we become overwhelmed and lost in the struggle and lose sight on the One who is constantly there. One of the Elders in my home church, Elder Harvey, taught on how in life we get caught in fog experiences. We get shrouded, often not knowing how we get caught up in different situations. But in the midst of the fog, God’s love, strength, peace and joy is waiting to reveal itself to you.

The question becomes then, are you looking for your true source of strength in the midst of the storm? Or, are you so caught up in looking at what’s trying to rattle you, that you lose sight on the one who will guide you? When Jesus faced the death, burial and resurrection, there was much more at stake than just the lives of those around Him. That same power exists today, and is ready to reach you right where you are. That same power wants to work in and through your life so that you may have a relationship grounded in His selfless love, grace and unmerited mercy. That same power is the fuel for the restoration of you and I to be able to experience Him afresh, in a new and mighty way, each and every day; no matter what is facing us as long as we turn to Him.

 

A new mini-series: BBT

April 28, 2012

Hola, everyone! I recently went back home to NC and while I was there, I was able to teach Sunday school. The lesson the Lord gave me was entitled It is Finished: I am the Restorer. Different things can occur in your life. Different hardships, pain, perceived setbacks, frustrations, fears. But, the thing to remember is the One who is bigger than it all. You can cast your cares upon Him, you can turn to Him, you can rest in Him. In the midst of whatever is going on, even if you’re having an awesome day or not so much, God is right there. In the midst of trials and life, God wants to have a relationship with you.

I recently watched a Charles Stanley message where he taught on going through the peaks and the valleys. As my dad has taught over the years, it’s through those peaks and valleys that a relationship with Jesus is built. We don’t want to go through pain, we don’t want to go through those trials but God wants to use it all for us to know Him better, to experience Him more and for us to realize His love for us that much more.

In the midst of the trials, we go through three stages that fits with a lovely acronym of BBT. No, not the bank BB&T, and no not Michael Jackson’s tune PYT 🙂 You go through periods of BBT: Breakdown, Breakup, Testimony. Lord-willing, I’ll post the rest of this a little later. I hope that your day is going well, and hopefully, this blesses you!