was the message delivered today at the Island campus of Anastasia Baptist Church in St. Augustine, FL by Rev. Ben Williams. Yep, he was speaking DIRECTLY to “ME,” folks , as we continue exploring our current series: “Disciple: BE ONE. MAKE ONE.” Today’s message was based on the biblical teachings of 1 Timothy 1: 12-17, regarding “PATIENCE”.
Rev. Ben spoke of our need to extend patience forward to others when seeking to make disciples…JUST as God FIRST extended patience to us. HOW??? 1: Realize our own unworthiness (We are ALL sinners); 2: Recognize God’s Grace (He forgives ALL); and 3: Remember God’s pattern of patience (He does NOT punish “SLOW LEARNERS”. He allows continued growth…ALWAYS!!!)
BAM!!! Today’s message at church hit me RIGHT UP-SIDE MY HEAD!!! OUCH!!! We need to have patience with others who require corrections. DOUBLE BAM, BAM!!! How many times should we forgive someone for making the SAME mistake??? Hhhmmm…think, Think, THINK…
Don’t we ALL run out of patience??? Especially with those “NEEDY” individuals who just don’t seem to “GET IT”…time, After Time, AFTER TIME??? I AM GUILTY, AS CHARGED!!! Hhhmmm…W.W.J.D.(What Would Jesus Do)??? THE BIBLE TELLS US: God does NOT put a limit on the number of chances or corrections imperfect people deserve in order to “GET IT”!!!
Come along, folks…as we revisit a recent post that displays examples of my very own short-comings… :/ READY??? HERE WE GO…
“FIGHTING FOR THE UNDERDOG,” published 5/23/15, is a post regarding my quick defense of an individual I viewed to be the “Underdog” during a conversation at work when this “Underdog” was NOT even present to defend her position. I became angered during the exchange and I…???…???…??? BLEW-UP!!! Yep, that’s correct, folks. I BLEW-UP!!! Hhhmmm..think, Think, THINK…”JILL TO THE RESCUE!!!” RIGHT??? OR WRONG??? And…“WHO” NEEDED TO BE RESCUED??? The absent “Underdog”??? Or…the individual complaining about that absent “Underdog”??? Yep, I’m STILL thinking…
“THIS”…is big, folks. Really Big. REALLY, REALLY BIG!!! I am learning the “SAME” lesson about P.H.P., folks. People Helping People, but I am applying its teachings “DIFFERENTLY”. EXPANDING ITS MEANING…to include EVERYBODY!!! I think I thought I “GOT IT” before, but I REALLY “GOT IT” today…in an EVEN bigger way!!! Thank you, Rev. Ben Williams!!! WOO-WHOOOOOO!!! I “GET IT” TODAY…BETTER THAN YESTERDAY, BUT NOT AS GOOD AS TOMORROW!!! DOUBLE WOO-WHOOOOOO, WOO-WHOOOOOO!!!
GO TEAM!!! WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!!!
P.H.P., folks. People Helping People.
Give the BEST of yourself for “JUST” today…“EVERY” day!!!
ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!! AMEN.