This is the final post of the three part feature from our brother-in-Christ Daunte Henderson.
7. Love Everybody….Are You Serious???
Family, Friends, and regular people will challenge your patience and compassion DAILY. You will be ready to say “thats why i dont ******* with you forreal forreal” BUT you must make a pact with yourself to Love. Oftentimes we put other people on pedestals that they can’t live up to. Humans make mistakes. We all fall short to the men/women that God and our peers want us to be. Forgive even if an apology hasn’t been issued. Let it go and Love. It’s hard to do but EVERYTHING centers around love. It’s our core as human beings. Mark 11:25 calls us to turn the other cheek by praying for those individuals who fall short.
“And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
8. No excuses
We make a million excuses to why we CANT do things. On December 8th we are waiting to get our lives right, so that we can change our lives on New Year’s Day. Do it NOW. If you have something on your heart today, DO IT. Stop playing. You ever see one of the ideas in your head come to fruition by SOMEONE ELSE. Well they decided to act upon what they visualized in their head. The same God that blessed Beyoncé, Jay Z and whoever else you THINK is raw, can bless YOU. Stop making excuses for why you CAN’T do something.
“Since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse”. (Romans 1:20) We have CLEAR evidence in front of our eyes the awesome complexity of God’s power. If we are made in his image and he has given us the ABILIITY to be GREAT, TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE of it.
9. Nothing happens by Mistake but don’t make the same mistakes
God has written our movies. We can be the stars he made us to be or we can be the extras. Your life’s experiences are supposed to teach you how to be better. Don’t keep making the same mistakes. Be better. Learn. Stop hanging out with the people that get you nowhere, stop smoking weed when you KNOW you can’t get a job like that, stop having sex when all it does is confuse things etc. etc. Life doesn’t stop for your mistakes so don’t press Rewind either.
God KNOWS wholeheartedly that we will never be perfect, yet we should try to become the best people we can. If you don’t try 100% at anything that you do then you will never get 100% gratification from ANYTHING that you do. Go hard or Go home. ESPECIALLY when seeking the Lord. When I finally decided to seek the Lord with a 100% heart my peace was restored to me; like an infant who never had a concept of a hungry night. God is waiting for your best. Seek the Lord with a 100% open heart and you shall start to experience great PEACE in ALL areas of your life.
“You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.” (Isaiah 26: 3)