A Look Inside My Search

In a search for answers to the woes in my life, I found God. The truth that lies in knowing God for myself, placed me on a quest for peace. While on this journey, I have discovered that there are others seeking this truth also and that I can help. I have a Doctor of Ministry degree from Catholic Theological Union, not to rise above anyone, but to better serve everyone. I am on a journey towards peace, speaking truth that opens people up to God.

29 November 2010

The Cost of Readiness

I'm in the midst of helping people understand the cost of readiness.  To obtain anything costs. The concept is easy to understand when things turn out as we want them to, yet when the going gets a little rough, well we often fail to see the purpose of being prepared. I was listening to TD Jakes expound upon the cost of waiting on.....and I realized that the issue is we don't like to get ready for something and then have to wait or be told that we can't have it.  We think our time has been wasted.  And too many wasted efforts can result in doing nothing.

Today, I want to call us back to a state of readiness. I want us to pay up, using cash, not credit, to prepare ourselves for what Christ will do in and through us. For each of us the cost is different. Depending on where you are now, your cost may be to clean up the mess you're in both physically and emotionally.  You many have to clear away the clutter of procrastination.  Or you may have to get rid of the blanket of despair. Whatever it is, there is a cost involved.  An exposure happens.  Change must take place to position oneself for Christ.
What do you need to pay the cost of readiness?

28 November 2010

Ready or Not!

I read a reflection today by Cackie Upchurch about preparing for Advent.  She began her reflection with "Ready or not, here I come!" What struck me most was her focus on "Ready or not." "Ready or not, God will act." she states. So true. No matter how I'm messing things up, no matter how confused I get, no matter how discouraged I become, God will act.  The outcome of God's actions depends on me.  See, I can be ready to receive God's action in my life when I've listen and acted on the things He has said previously.  When I'm talking and listening to God on a regular basis, I know how to be ready.  Some may say that they aren't sure of God's voice; that they don't know what they should do. Well for those Christians that are God-deaf, I would encourage you to read the Bible.  The living WORD of God will usher into your life the Holy Spirit in a way that helps you overcome your God-deafness.  That powerful WORD breaks through nonsense.  God's WORD helps you learn to hear God's personal voice for you.  Then when you hear God's voice you learn how to get ready.

Today begins our NEW Church year.  Advent helps us refocus our attention on God, to become ready for Her to act in our lives.  Yet as Cackie told us, "Ready or not, God will act." I think it's better to be ready than to be left scrambling around trying to get it together.

Get ready for Christ to bless you. Position yourself to receive the gifts. Open not only your hands, open your mind and your heart. If not, you might be left.