Turning 40

When I wrote this blog, I was on an airplane thinking about turning 40. On Saturday, September 9, I will be a 40 year old man. As a 40 year-old DaVon Alexander, what would I tell the 17 year-old DaVon Alexander?

Here are some thoughts:

God has big plans for you and you stressing about them is unnecessary.

All the stress you carried by not having a college degree will not matter. Not having a Bachelor’s Degree cannot stop God’s plan for you. You’ll work for a Fortune 500 company and make a six-figure salary and have a career path that you will voluntarily walk away from.

You will stay in contact with your childhood friends.

You will meet new friends who will be some of your best, most trusted friends.

You will work for a worldwide ministry that you love and because they love you too, you’ll get comfortable and think you can be there “forever.” Wrong! God’s timeline is not the same as man’s and that ministry will lovingly, yet wrongly fire you! You, however, will still love them and they will still love you.

By faith, against human reasoning, you will move to Charlotte, NC by yourself. By that act of obedience, you will meet a beautiful, godly young lady and marry her. (Yes, young DaVon, you really will!) She will be a better wife to you than you could ever imagine.

You will have 3 children.

You will start a church made up of loving, supporting, generous people who will call you their pastor and lock arms with you and your wife in ministry. This church will have humble beginnings and will grow in ways and – as you continue to humbly serve and obey God – will one day become the real worldwide ministry you thought you could be in “forever.” The ministry where generations will experience TrueLife!

Have faith young DaVon. Everything is going to be ALL right!

Oh yeah! One more thing! You do not do any physical stretching now but at 40, you will stretch multiple times a day.

Grasshoppers

Numbers 13:33

There we saw the giants and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.

Don’t view yourself as small, insignificant, or unimportant. God needs you, and other people are depending on you!

Lethargically

I felt lethargic yesterday. I was drowsy and attempted to blame this feeling on the weather. When I sat down, I realized that the thoughts going through my mind was causing me feel lackadaisical.

Then I remembered this verse.

Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. – Isaiah 12:3

Very few individuals have developed the fruit of joy in their lives. The condition for receiving the benefits of salvation is an attitude of joy.

The best way to change your current frame of mind is to begin laughing.

Did you know that laughing can create joy?

Laughing is the bucket that enables you to scoop down into the wells of salvation and draw out joy and strength.

So yesterday, I just started laughing for no reason at all. My mindset changed.

Why not start laughing right now for no reason at all? Watch your attitude shift.

A merry heart does good like medicine. (Proverbs 17:22)

What’s In Your Closet

Luke 12:22 – And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on.

In this particular verse, we see Jesus speaking to His disciples. He radically tells them not to think about even the most basic things in their lives. What an out-of-this-world statement! If I don’t think about my life, who will? Who will be concerned about me? What will others think about me?

Jesus essentially says, “Don’t worry about food, your body, or what you wear.” Some translations say, “Don’t worry about your clothes.” But is Jesus just talking about clothes? Clothes represent our appearance, how we look, and how we feel about ourselves. We do not like to be embarrassed, humiliated, nor made to look bad. Ironically, we choose a certain type of clothing style because we think our clothes are a true representation of us.

Unfortunately, we are on pins and needles about what others think about us. We tend to try to make things look good on the outside so that others can see us as having it all together. So in essence, we worry about what others think.

Jesus is fundamentally telling us to take no thought about what others think!  Any mental energy exercised toward what others think is considered taking thought.  Stop worrying! Trust God!  Remember, man looks at the outward appearance but God looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7).

God has exciting plans for our lives. His plan for us includes prosperity, hope, and an amazing future (Jeremiah 29:11). God will always provide for His people. His provision is central to His plan.

Take inventory.  What are you “taking thought of” today?

Ask The Pastor…

I was recently asked this question and I wanted to share my response.

Where do you draw the line between waiting on God and doing things on your own?

  1. Don’t do either… Don’t wait on God nor do things on your own
  2. It is easier to steer a car that is moving than a car that is stationery
  3. Faith without works (corresponding action) is dead
  4. You should always walk by faith and you should always put your trust in God
  5. You always move forward unless you have a specific direction from God to wait.

14 New Things To Do At Church

I ran across this blog from Chuck Lawless and I want to share this with you. Enjoy!

Want to do some new things at church this weekend? See if any of these suggestions would be a “new” thing in your life:

* Invite somebody to go with you.

* Skip breakfast before church, and instead fast and pray.

* Get to church before the service starts.

* Prepare your heart by forgiving that church member or leader who’s made you mad.

* Sit closer to the front, leaving room in the back for guests who come late.

* Introduce yourself to someone you don’t know.

* Sing for God’s glory, even if you don’t like the song.

* Increase your offering by at least 25 percent.

* If you use your phone for your Bible, stay off the Internet during the service.

* Listen closely to the sermon to see what God has to say to you. Take notes.

* Plan to do something different in your life because of the preached Word.

* Personally thank your pastor for leading your church.

* Stay longer after church, and actually talk to people.

* When you get in the car as you leave, lead your family to thank God for your church.

What Are You Thinking?

Sociologist say that we think around 60,000 thoughts per day. That averages to be about 42 thoughts per minute. Sociologist also say that 70% of all of our thoughts are negative. So that averages to be around 42,000 negative thoughts per day or 29 negative thoughts per minute.

So what can we do about all these negative thoughts? Thoughts affect our feelings which in return affects our actions. Do we have to meditate on all these negative thoughts? I have an idea. What if we plant our own thoughts? What if we think about what we want to think about? Could that make a difference in our life? Listen to this brief message titled, “Planting Thoughts” and allow yourself to be changed by the way you think. Enjoy!

I Don’t Know What To Do

John 10:27

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.”

Jesus said His sheep will know His voice and a stranger’s voice they will not follow. This promise from God is still true for us today, yet many people still experience difficulty when making decisions.

Over the years, a lot of people have made the following statements to me:

·      “I don’t know what to do”

·      “Which way should I go?”

·      “I’m afraid to make the wrong decision.”

·      “If God would just tell me what to do, I’d do it.”

So what should we do when we don’t know what to do next?

1) Do what you already know to do.

2) Keep doing the last thing God told you to do.

3) Ask yourself: “In light of my past experiences, current circumstances, and future hopes and dreams, what is the WISE thing to do?”

Can I Trust You?

Can I Trust You?

Faithfulness is crucial in order to produce fruitfulness in your life.

Remaining constant, dependable, committed and devoted are qualities that will elevate you. Maybe not as fast as you would like, but guaranteed progress nonetheless.

Here’s the hardcore truth about faithfulness. In a marriage, if you cheat just one time, you would be called unfaithful. In scripture, to be called faithful is a BIG deal.

When God promotes you, it’s not a matter of, “Can you do the job?” It’s a matter of, “Can I trust you to do the job?”

Add To Your Faith

2 Peter 1:5
But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge…

Add means that we have to do something. God will not do what we can do. God will not give us good habits or character. He will never force us to walk with integrity. We have to do all that ourselves. Take the initiative. Take the first step. Stop hesitating. Move forward. Apologize. Forgive. Pay that debt. Tithe. Give. Add to your faith!

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