Category: Uncategorized

How Consistent Are You?

Some folks are married but not committed to their spouse. 
Some folks are wealthy but not committed to giving to the poor.
Some folks are thin but not committed to a healthy lifestyle.
Some folks are saved but not committed to Christ.
As you can see, it’s impossible to have a certain attribute, but not be committed.
Are you committed?
One way to prove your commitment level is consistency.
The more consistent you are with something whether it’s honing in on your craft, business or talent, or spending quality time to get to know someone – it’s often a matter of how consistent you are with cultivating that relationship which will determine the outcome. 
For example, say I want to lose 20 lbs -if I work out once a month, even if it’s for 2 hours that one time – I may not see the results I’m looking for. But if I work out every single day at least 30 minutes to an hour a day while cutting calorie intake, then I may see a nice decrease in that red number on the scale.  
In this example, the fact that I chose to be consistent in my workout regimen proved my commitment level. One of Webster’s definitions for the word, “commitment” is, “the act of pledging or engaging.”
Just like as a child you may have pledged allegiance to the flag, you can also pledge allegiance to the cause of whatever it is you’re committed to.    
So for today’s devotional I’d like to encourage you to consider what it is you’re committed to – whether it’s your relationship with God, your family, your career, discovering your life’s mission and purpose, losing weight, getting out of debt, preparing for your future spouse, living life drama free – whatever the case may be…jot down things you can do for the remainder of this year to engage in the process.  
For example, if it’s a commitment to your relationship with God, commit to praying in the morning at least 30 minutes a day (or more), and going to church every Sunday even when it’s raining or you don’t feel like it or reading at least one Scripture a day.
If it’s family, commit to calling your parents at least once a day or once every few days, acknowledge every one’s birthdays with at least a phone call, and invite the family over for dinner at least once a month.  These are all just examples of ways you can add engagement and consistency to whatever it is your committed to.
So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.  He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
  He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.  John 21:15-17 
*Originally published on Kim on the Web.

#SaturdayStamps: Josh Gibson

Josh Gibson (1911-1947) spent his entire baseball career in the Negro Leagues. His powerful hits made him one of black baseball’s biggest attractions, and the length of his homers was legendary. Gibson was often called the “Babe Ruth of the Negro Leagues.”
A native of Buena Vista, Georgia, Gibson made his baseball debut with the Homestead Grays in 1930 when he was 18 years old. He filled in for the team’s starting catcher, who was injured. The six-foot-one-inch, 215-pound Gibson earned the nickname “Boxer.”
In 1932, Gibson began playing for the Pittsburgh Crawfords. As a member of the Crawfords, Gibson teamed up with pitcher Satchel Paige. Gibson returned to the Grays in 1937. During the winter, he played in Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic.
Josh Gibson posted the Negro League’s highest batting average twice. His 1943 average of .517 was the second highest in its history. He also led the league in home runs nine times. Officially, Gibson’s home run count stands at 137. But his at-bats during his three best seasons, 1942, 1943, and 1946, were never recorded. For those years, he is credited with hitting 30 homers, making his unofficial career total 167. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1972.

Still Believe

What Word have you let slip so far this year?

Or even prior to that, have you given up hope on the promises of God for you, whether it was last year or previous years – have you grown complacent and taken on the mantra, “It is what it is.”

Have you grown to accept “business as usual” and stopped expecting the unexpected in your life?

This reminds me of the story of Mary.  Mary was a woman of God who received a message from an angel of God- she was to give birth to a Son, Jesus Christ, though she was a virgin.  She couldn’t see how it could happen at first, then she just accepted the proclamation as she stated, “Be it unto me, according to thy Word” (Luke 1:38)

However, in the meantime and in between time, she got pregnant and had to carry Jesus to full term and give birth to Him – all in faith.  At any moment she could have chosen not to believe; she could’ve said, “Me, pregnant? How could that be? I don’t think so!” Yet she still chose to remain steadfast and unmovable, believing God’s Word from the messenger of God to be true.

In the same manner, what Word has God spoken to you about? Has God told you years ago that you will be married one day, yet you haven’t seen the manifestation yet?

I’d just like to encourage you, in spite of how long it’s been, to hold on to God’s Word, and hold on to your faith. Don’t let it slip, get back on top of things when it comes to reading God’s Word and believing it to be true for you.

As Mary has learned and as you know – with God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26) Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.  (Hebrews 2:1) So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17)

*Originally posted on Kim on the Web.