Blog #2: Where Are You Setting Your Coffee?

‘Wait a minute’, you say. ‘I thought this post was supposed to be about how to be in God’s will??’ Be still, my friend, and allow me to incorporate coffee into this journey. #itsthesmallthings… So, the question I pose to you is, ‘Where are you setting your coffee?’ Is it in front of the television while you’re taking in the world’s (bad) news updates? Or maybe across from a friend while you guys discuss in a judgemental, SMH kind of way how another friend is making poor choices? Or, perhaps, it’s possible you’re just resting it on a patio table while you listen to the birds tweet their tunes as the sun warms your face? That sounds kind of nice, actually 🙂 But, here’s the real question… Are any of these coffee drop spots bringing you closer to God? Yes, the patio spot could… as long as it’s intentional. Pastor James McDonald’s says, ‘Peace is not primarily about feelings, but about the cooperation of Truth and action.’ If you want to be in God’s will and have peace in your life… YOU NEED TO PAY ATTENTION TO HIM. One of the best ways to do this is by getting into His word: aka – the Bible. Hold up… what was that? Did I just hear your mind murmur, ‘But it’s so hard.’ You need to tell your mind to shut its pie hole and quit being a wuss. Being a roofer in the middle of a Florida summer is hard. Sending your kids to bed on an empty stomach because you live in the middle of a desert in a third world country where there is no food… is hard. You most likely don’t want to read the Bible because there are too many things in your life that are distracting you from doing what you know deep down in your soul is the good and right thing for you to do. God’s word is like a guide (or instruction manual) to life. Psalm 119:105 states, ‘Your Word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.’ Maybe it’s because you’re walking in some pretty dark places that you don’t want the light to penetrate? Oh, my bad… did I just hit home on something? I’m actually preaching to myself right now with the hopes that somebody else might be listening. Look… We ALL have junk in our lives and we ALL make ‘less than desirable’ (sinful) choices every day. We may not be plotting murder, but we’ve gotten really good at pretending we’re busy scanning emails behind our glassed-in social barrier vehicles at the stoplight, as the ‘Please Help… Hungry… God Bless’ sign is dangled in front of us by a thin string of shame and near hopelessness. When you get a chance, take a look at Matthew 25:42-45 referring to how we treat ‘the least of these’. Listen, I’m not trying to make you feel bad here. I just want us to be awakened to what really matters in life. Are you striving for a life of comfort? Or are you seeking out ways to show love to and help others? THAT, my friend, is a REALLY good indicator as to whose will you ARE following. I’m off now to examine my own motives. I hope I’ve inspired you to do the same. Feel free to sign up for email updates and share a comment below. I’d love to dialogue with you about ideas of how to make this happen 🙂

God Bless!

-Jerminsky

‘Seek peace and pursue it.’ -Psalm 34:14

Blog #1: Being Outside of God’s Will Sucks

I’d like to start off by saying that if you’re one of those ‘religious types’ and are offended by the title, there’s a good chance you will be offended by a lot of what I have to say. So, now might be a good time for you to stop reading and move on to the next person’s blog page. As for the title and what it means: There are those moments in life when you’re going along with the status quo that is your current geographical location with the places you’re going, the things you’re doing and who it is you’re going to those places and doing those things with… and one day you open your eyes and say, ‘Whoa! I’m out of God’s will.’ You may ask, ‘How will I know if I’m out of God’s will?’ And I’ll answer, ‘You’ll just know.’ One of the sure signs of being out of God’s will is that you won’t have any peace. You’ll be second-guessing yourself with your choices and then be unsure of the choices you DO make… which eventually translates to confusion. 1st Corinthians 14:33 states, ‘For God is not a God of confusion, but of peace.’ And the more you try to figure things out on your own (without God’s help), the more lost you will get until frustration and anger sets in… and then pray it doesn’t get to the point of resentment. I don’t know about you, but I’ve screwed up a lot of things in my life: how I’ve treated family and friends, relationships, finances, my relationship with God… all because of poor choices stemming from being out of the will of God. But, there’s good news! There’s a way to keep from screwing up (mostly, anyhow) and we are going to discover that together in my next blog. So go ahead and sign up for e-mail updates so I can spam the snot out of you – JUST KIDDING! (you will NOT be spammed) See you next time 🙂

Your dude friend,

Jerminsky

‘Seek peace and pursue it.’

-Psalm 34:14