Archive for November, 2014

Rushing God!

Christian Living, Encouragement | Posted by Eddy Damas
Nov 28 2014

Too much food yesterday in too short of a time. Honestly there was so much food, I am not sure I had a bite of everything there was. That and the fact that I am a fast eater. While there were leftovers, somehow it doesn’t feel the same as eating on Thanksgiving. While I am normally thankful on Thanksgiving, and every other day, yesterday didn’t seem right; the Spirit wasn’t really there.

Of course, there was a message in there from God for the church. “Quick and Easy” is how we want things today, but it’s only when we take the time to savor our relationship with God that we get our daily bread. I am not talking about our morning, or evening time with God, just saying that hopefully that’s not how God views our relationship with Him. We do still want God to act when we want Him to act…which is like Instant Mashed Potatoes…pretty quick, but God’s time isn’t necessarily our time.  As I was reading the story of Abraham and Sarah, it occurred to me that we may have to definitely wait a while for God’s promises to take action.

I think that if we always rushed things along we won’t be too satisfied with the end result. I remember plenty of times during the times I held down a job where if either I or my customer wasn’t happy with the end result because the job was rushed, neither walked away with a good feeling about the situation.

Is God happy with our progress and promptness? Better yet, are we happy with God’s timing?

The race to win isn’t always won by pure speed. It takes the simple wisdom of a tortoise, and the foolishness of a rabbit to learn this. But then, even the rabbit took it’s time.

What do you think?

The Burning Lesson Of Ferguson

Uncategorized | Posted by Eddy Damas
Nov 27 2014

Posted by therandyjackson

It was undeniably the most important decision of his young life. As he reached into the box, he had an important choice that would forever alter the course of his future, the course of his family’s future, and the actions of a nation. It would have been easy to just walk away; to just be another average customer. But that is not what he wanted. We will never know why- why he gave in to temptation. We will only know the great tragedy that followed. It was in that critical moment he went from just another young man buying a cigar- to a household name throughout the 50 states. And while everyone debates over conflicting eyewitness testimony and use of force; it is undeniable that every scenario comes down to this brief moment in time, to this one breath, to this one slight of hand- when Michael Brown chose to steal.

It is the one constant that everyone seems to be overlooking. He committed robbery. This robbery led to a report being filed with a description of the suspect. The report and the description led to the confrontation between the police officer and Michael Brown. That moment led to heartbreak, anger, outrage…

Now, we can set fires all day in response to the results of the confrontation- but the simple truth is, if Michael Brown had not decided to break the law, if he had walked a different path- it would have been just another day. And at the end of that day, he would not be dead.

I do not say this to make light of the tragedy. No matter what the truth is of the situation, no one wins. Mr. and Mrs. Brown must live with the pain no parent should have to bear. The police officer, whether justified or not in the shooting, must carry with him the face of a young man whose life he ended. The city must struggle to rebuild the loss inflicted on innocent bystanders- a loss given to them by thugs whose only desire is violence. And a nation must attempt to heal from the trumped up charge of racism by those who seek to divide.

But the hard truth is that at the foundation of all of those bricks of tragedy is Michael Brown’s decision to take what did not belong to him. I don’t think any of us would have ever guessed that the cost of a handful of stolen cigars would be so high…

When all is said and done, when fires are finally left to smolder out, there is only one real lesson to learn from the burning of Ferguson. It is not that police officers are some form of tyrannical beasts that must be beaten into submission. It is not that all black teens are nothing more than street thugs. It is not that the criminal justice system is defiled and corrupt. It is not that blacks hate whites or that whites hate blacks. No- the only lesson is that every decision we make has consequences, far reaching consequences that affect more than just ourselves.

We must learn to think about the choices we make before we implement them. We must consider how our actions will impact the lives of others. We must decide to put the needs of others above our own selfish desires- especially when those desires come at great cost to those around us. And we must realize our own responsibility when exercising our free will in choice. It is truly my hope that we put down the torches and the hate, that we learn to take responsibility for our actions, that we choose our paths carefully, and that we clothe ourselves in love for others.

It is my prayer that we would seek the peace of God over the violence of men, that we would consider the effects of our choices, and be wise with what little time we have. Because the greatest tragedy in all of this, the greatest heartbreak in all this ash, would be if we walked away only having learned how to better launch flaming arrows at one another…

Original posting here

I’d like to Welcome…

Christian Living, Encouragement, Something Different | Posted by Eddy Damas
Nov 21 2014

I made the decision today to grow my blog, so I was talking with a Brother in Christ Randy Jackson on Facebook and invited him to post on my blog. This should be interesting. I’m just waiting for the email verification to come through on his end.
Randy blogs over at http://theranchonmars.wordpress.com.I can’t wait to read what he has to post!

Holding On To the Past

Christian Living | Posted by Eddy Damas
Nov 11 2014

When I was a child I grew to love all the people that surrounded me each and every day. Whether it was family, friends, or even strangers turned into friends. Even today, as I grow older, I still love to meet new people. I remember one time, early on, being full of so many dreams and desires for my later years when I used to dream of building a huge mansion…a mansion with over 150 rooms or so, with the additional land and capabilities of adding even more. I mean, it was a pretty big mansion, and many of the rooms were empty.  This was done so that one day all my family, friends, and loved ones could live under the same roof, close to one another, and being there for each other.

Even today, that’s still a dream. But reality steps in and I realize that such a mansion is only a dream that almost no one can fulfill. The reasoning is that having a close relationship early on in life does not guarantee that those same people, who are in your life at an early age, are most likely not going to be there for very long. Things happen: misunderstanding, patience gone thin, lies, death, bitterness, and love being overshadowed by intense hate. Separation.

Rarely do family and friends last long. It’s supposed to be that family stays, and friends come and go. But bitterness and anger last a very long time, even beyond death. Is it possible to carry hate and sin with us into the beyond? The more I witness in this short life, the more I am convinced that it’s entirely possible, but dying with ongoing hate and sin guarantees our destination is not going to be what we expected. In fact, going to the grave with un forgiveness and bitterness almost guarantees your final destination will be a hot one.

We are supposed to live our lives with no regrets. That’s called living a compliant life. But so many don’t have that, no matter how much they want it. Maybe we could call it pride, self-serving, or any number of things. But we are instructed never to look back at what we had. There may be many reasons not to look back, but I believe that one of them is that when we don’t have the discipline, we can look back and pull the things that were past into the present. And that’s not always going to work our benefit.

As Christians, we are to ditch the old things, and move forward into the new. But we can’t budge if we are still holding on to the grudge.

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