Monday, November 19, 2007

Da Word... 205! Confidence

Morning All!  Hope all is well.  Check it out!!! I saw wannabe snowflakes today!  YES!  I'm serious people.  I saw tiny white dots floating from the sky whisking about, to and fro, on the small wind currents of air joyously weaving intricate patterns in space. I was taken aback for a hot second, heh heh. In the words of Rafiki, "It starts..."   aight, on to, Da Word!


11 The Lord told him, "Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying.  12 In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight."
- Acts 9:11,12

This is like... a MAJOR, "Say WHAT!?!?!?!!!!" moment for our pal Ananias here.  If you don't know the back story, I encourage you to read up on it starting at Acts 7:54.  Saul was a VERY SCARY dude to any person who claimed to be of "The Way".... a Christ follower.  In short, Saul was like a straight vamp out for blood, trackin' these Christ followers down like succulent prey and eliminating them.  By the way... Saul was the name of the great new testament badmammajamma, Paul, before he turned!

Now back to the matter at hand, Ananias was like, "Yo Pops, you must be straight crazy.  You are askin' me to go into the belly of the beast here man!  I mean come on Pops, Saul!? Saul IS the boogey man... MAN!"  Ahh but you see my bruthaz and sistaz, Pops had already begun a work in Saul.  Homeboy was no longer the boogey man, Ananias just didn't know it yet.

So what's the point?  There's a lot to be grasped here, but the bit of knowledge hitting me right now is the fact that Pops has already got everything under control.  We only need to trust him.  I mean come on!? Fa real, if you can't trust Pops, who can you trust?  We gots to trust Pops cuz thre ain't NO ONE able to take Pops on!  It's straight ludicrous!  As a result we have NOTHING to fear!  Zero!  NADA!  Zilch holmes.  That's right potnas. 

So when Pops tells you to head into the belly of the beast, head there in a full sprint!  Do not let your human emotions of doubt, fear, and uncertainty deter you or slow you down!  See, what is waiting for you at that most fearsome a place, that situation you are most scared of, is a dang SWEEEEEEEET blessing Pops is about to bestow upon you.  Don't miss it because of your own limits!   Rest assured on Pops because Homie has no limits!  As a result, He can take you places you've never dreamed.....

Pops has already paved the way, you only need to take the step.


   - patrick

Monday, November 05, 2007

Da Word... 204! Trump the Status Quo!

Morning All!  It is Monday.... November da 5th, tru!  Can you believe it's already November?  I mean... MAN!  Where oh where has the time gone?  Be sure to make the most of every moment.  Aight, on to... da Word!


But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do.
- Peter ( 1 Peter 1:15 )

Now that's what I'm talkin' about!  Straight TRUMPING the status quo!  There aren't many peeps willing to take on this most worthy of challenges.  Why?  Shoooot, because it's HARD kid!  I mean come on, being holy.... in all you do?  Do you know how many times a day the average person does something not all that bad, but not holy either?  Do you know how many times a day you do it?  We all snub righteousness daily in very small ways and almost always unconsciously! 

So how can we rise above the average person?  How can we trump the status quo?  How can we live a life that is tremendously fulfilling and an inspiration to many?  It's simple potnas... just follow the mandate!  Heh heh. Just as Pops above is holy, so we should be holy in ALL that we do.  That takes two things.

First, it takes trusting Pops to give you the strength and the courage to be holy in all that you do.  Cuz potnas, without Pops holding us up and ushering us forward, we will SURELY.... that's right people SURELY fail in any endeavor to be holy in all that we did.  Why?  Cuz we are naturally inclined to do things that are not holy.  Why?  Cuz it is straight EASY to be unholy, especially in the small things.  It doesn't put you out there; there's no standing out nor the possibility of being alone in standing out.  Thus, without Pops, you might as well pack up and go home because it will be impossible to be holy in all that you do.  But WITH Pops, it's easy. 

Second, we've got to change our thought patterns.  We've got to pay attention to everything that we do and be of the mindset, "Am I being holy in what I am about to do and how I will go about doing it?"  We gotta take that brief pause and run that quick assessment.  We gotta do it in the work place among colleagues, bosses, and the things we do to perform our jobs.  We gotta do it right before we make that deal.  We gotta do it in our friendships.  We gotta do it when interacting with our wives, husbands, boyfriends or girlfriends.  In ALL that we do bruthaz and sistaz.

So why be holy?  Why go through that?  Potnas, there is no challenge in being unholy!  I say to you, why then waste you time and your very life doing things that do not grow you or challenge you?  Once a moment in time passes by, it is gone forever, NEVER to be here again.  You might as well go for broke and shoot for being holy!  At least that way you'll be investing your time for a HUGE return.  What kind of return am I talking about?  A character and integrity to die for!  To be more than average.  To accomplish something significant.  To be that person everyone loves, trusts, and desires to emulate or become.  To elevate and to hold friendships and significant relationships with such depth and realism revealing to you life in all its monumental glory, as Pops originally created it.  So that Pops himself can brag about you saying, "That's my dawg!  Did you see that?  Homie didn't even FLINCH kid!  Here, take these blessings my son, my daughter!"  I can go on and on, but I think you get the picture.

Let's get to trumping the status quo.  Let's be DONE with being average and strive to achieve greatness!  Shoot, let's blast open the doors behind which life in all its fullness may be experienced!  Are you ready for that whirlwind!?  It's like living on the edge.  Can you feel the rush?  Be holy my homies, in all that you do.


   - patrick