Baggage…

Truthful Day,

Your past has controlled you far too long… It’s time for you to forgive yourself, release the guilt, and let go of the shame… Your future is waiting on you, but you can’t walk into it if you are chained to the past…

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“Keep At It”

So you’re living your calling, but no one is catching onto the dream?  Seems like you’ve been at it for a long time, but you’re not seeing the growth.  You’re spending more money than you’re bringing in, using more time, and the energy it takes to keep yourself positive has completely drained you.   Last night right before you fell asleep you thought, “I’m just going to call it a quits, no one really cares anyways.”   So we’re sending this special Saturday message to say to you, KEEP AT IT….  Don’t throw in the towel, don’t quit, don’t give up, and don’t let what appear to be a lack of interest stop you…

The truth is…  Some dreams happen overnight, while others take time to come to past.   We know you’re tired, discouraged

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“A Simple Thanks”

The other day, I thought about my prayer list. It felt as though my prayer requests were similar to a child always with their hand out asking their parents for money or keys to the car. Now, do not get me wrong, I thank God for all His blessings, and then I go on to give Him my list. It was like a routine I never stopped to take a moment to reflect on His blessings. My prayer list consists of other people needs, such as healing, relationship with God, relationship with another person, and employment. As I was driving and thinking of my prayer list, I realized how many things I can be thankful for and have I ever spent an entire prayer thanking God. I had shifted my mind and started thinking all the many things to give God thanks. That night, I listed out everything I had to give thanks. I went back over the years and did not just thank God for the “surface” things in my life, but testimony things that I never saw as a testimony until recently. My prayer that night was not of things I want Him to bless my loved ones or me with, but it was a prayer that took the attention off of my love ones or my needs and gave God all the attention. My prayer that night was to give God simple thanks!

The Truth is…Some time we have to turn the attention off our needs and tell God THANK YOU!

“What’s The Name Of Your Show?”

What separates you from the Reality Stars you love so much? Is it they have a TV Show and you don’t? Their problems are much deeper than yours? To answer both questions, the answer is “NO”… However, there is one major thing separating the two of you, THEY’RE GETTING PAID… They’re paid to expose their “drama”, some of you act a “fool” for free… They’re paid to share their “problems”, some of you put your business in the streets for free… They’re paid to sleep around; some of you are “whoring” for free… They’re “broken” and rich, you’re just broke…

Whether we believe it or not, we’re all famous for something…. Our friends, family, and even enemies shine the bright lights on us in some way or another… Some of you are known because you’re a great cook, excellent singer, powerful preacher, amazing parent, and many other great qualities of life. Then there are those of you who are known for your issues, problems, drama, negativity, and your treacherous behavior… Isn’t it sad some people are known for their issues? When their names are mentioned, someone responds “Oh, she’s the one whose husband left her”; “He’s the Pastor who was put out his church for stealing”; “Child, watch your man around her, she can’t be trusted” or how about “She’s the one who’s always negative, she never has anything positive to say”… They’re known for the problems, issues, heartaches, and drama…

So what’s the name of your “Reality Show”? Is it “Broken Wives of Brooklyn”? “Keeping Up With The Jones”? “My Baby Daddies”? “My Problem, My Pain, My Life?”…. We all have a “Reality Show”, because we all have an audience…. Our audience could be our family, co-workers, friends, children, or enemies… We’re being watched and our actions are being recorded on the DVR’s of their minds, spirits, and souls….

So what are you famous for? If life on earth expired for you today, what would people say? How would you be remembered? Would it be for your “Problems” or “Potential”? Your “failures” or your “success”? I know you’re thinking “I don’t care because I would be dead.” But the depressing truth with that type of thinking is you lived your entire life for “FREE”.

The truth is… We’re finally paid when we leave earth… The memories we leave, our deeds, and our actions brings the greatest returns on our investment. Investments in our communities, churches, families, friends, and into everyone we come in contact with daily. Memories of how we desired greatly to change the world will inspire those who are reflecting… And actions of overcoming the challenges of life will empower the weak… You may not get paid for your “Reality Show” while here on earth, but you will in heaven… What’s the name of your show?

“It’s Not Always Pretty…”

A week or so ago a friend of mine came to me for some advice, regarding some things going on in her life. She gave me the breakdown from start to finish. She explained to me her plains to rectify the situation, she has found herself in. After what seemed like a very long detailed story she asked my opinion. Being her friend I told her the truth, I thought she was making a big mistake. I explained to her why I felt this way and told her what I would do if I were in her shoes. Now of course this is not what she wanted to hear, she became defensive. She turned on me in matter minutes, because of my difference of opinion. Our nice give me your opinion talk turned into a full blown argument. Needless to say neither one of us backed down, we both stood firm in our opinions. But this got me to thinking and also saying to her “Why did you ask me, if you didn’t want to the truth?” Why do we constantly put our friends in a situation that no matter what they say if they are not agreeing with you, it’s not right? Do you really want the truth?

The Truth Is… No we don’t want to hear the truth. The truth hurts and it’s not always pretty. We want a nice lie wrapped in a pretty package that will make us feel good about ourselves. We want to be pacified and babied so we don’t get our feelings hurt. We want someone to tell us what we want to hear so we won’t think we are doing something wrong. The minute someone in our lives tells us the truth we are hurt and offended. Some cases we are so offended by the truth that we will kick people out of our lives for being bod enough to tell us the truth. You think that people whom are truthful with you don’t understand and they are just being mean and negative. What we really need to do is open our eyes and realize they are trying to help us from digging a deeper hole for ourselves. They actually care enough to give you truth knowing that you probably can’t handle it. But because they care they don’t want you to continue to make the same mistakes. They want to keep you safe and help you grow. These people are your real friends. Someone that tells you what you want to hear instead of what you need to hear is not your friend. That is someone that doesn’t want to be bothered by you or your problems. So they tell you whatever they want to you to hear so that you can, for lack of a better way to say this, get out of their face. Someone who cares and is truly your friend will sit and listen doesn’t matter how long the story is and they will give you their open and honest opinion. They won’t just tell you something just to make you feel better. Not that they are not concerned with your feelings, they are looking out for you down the road. I don’t know about you but me personally I say hurt my feeling with the truth. It will soften the blow if I fall. I rather have the ugly truth than a pretty lie any day.

“Serve & Go”

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This morning while driving into work I thought about all the amazing things that have happened in 2013.  As I reflected, sadness came over me.  I’m blessed to know some of the most amazing people, yet some of them weren’t there to share the great times in my life.  Now I’m not talking about those who have left earth or those who live out of town, I’m talking about the people who live less than an hour away.  Some people would say they aren’t true friends or I need better friends, but I don’t feel this way.  Does it sting they weren’t there?  Yep…  Would it make the memories of the events  better if they were there?  Yep…  Does it make them less of an amazing person?  Nope… 

Out of nowhere it hit me, we are “Seasonal”.  “Seasonal” meaning we have a purpose to serve and once our assignment is over, we go.  Some of you may disagree and say you’re a “Lifetime Person” and you have “Lifetime Friends”, but at some point we all must leave earth.  We are here only for a period of time and once life expires, those who remain are left with the memories of our contributions into their lives.  Many times we feel a sense of failure when we reflect on all the great people who we are no longer in contact with.  We spend countless hours trying to figure why they are no longer here, and what went wrong… Could it be nothing went wrong?  They’ve served their purpose and now they’ve moved on?

One of the greatest contributors into the greatness of my being was my father.  Every day I think of him and how I wish he was still alive to witness the purchase of my first home; check out the perfection of the yard I mowed, and all the fixtures I’ve installed in my home.  I wish he was still living to see the Man I’ve become, but He served his purpose and he had to go.   It is because of him that I take pride in my yard.  It’s because of him I know how to install light fixtures, ceiling fans, fix the plumbing, and paint a wall.  It’s because he served his purpose in my life, I’m the Man I am today.

Many times we hold on to people whose assignment has been completed.  Because they are good to us we believe they are supposed to be in our lives forever, and this is not true.  Their assignment could be to plant a seed and then go…  Then there are those who are supposed to water the seed and then they go… And then there are those who are supposed to watch the seed grow, you got it, and they go too…  Each of these people has been assigned to play a particular role in your life, and once they’ve completed their job, it’s also their plan to move on…

It’s hard to lose people over a fight and even harder to lose them when there is no reason.  A sense of failure hits us, and we must place blame somewhere.  We questioned what we’ve said and whether we could have done something differently…  it’s hard to comprehend that “plan” and “purpose” is taking place, so something has to be wrong… 

Oppose to crying over the fact they’re no longer “actively” in our lives, we should reflect on the contributions made and how our life has been enhanced by the connection.  Whether you talk to this person once a year or even once every ten years, because you are “divinely” and “purposefully” connected, they will forever be there for you….  Be a friend and allow them to live the plan…    It’s your assignment in life to take the seed they’ve planted and grow…

The truth is… People come into our lives to serve a purpose and when they’ve completed it, it’s part of their plan to go…