My gig at the Coastal Carolina Fair in Charleston is coming up this Saturday night and I can’t wait. My friends and co-workers are getting excited because I’ll have things like a dressing room and a photographer, even someone working the crowd handing out business cards. For me, it will be the biggest opportunity for me to reach God’s people through performance. That’s what I care about most. I am a very humble person and I only need what I need to get the job done for Jesus. I appreciate that I will have a place to get ready and look my best and it’s really awesome that someone will be able to capture the moment on film. Still, I will know that I have done my best if I can help shine light of God’s love for all to see, to be a vessel for all that He has done and continues to do for each of us whether we embrace Him or not. He never fails us and always waits in the wings for us to want Him in our lives. I love you Jesus, and I am so thankful that I surrendered my life to you so that you could work wonders in my life. You are worthy.
A powerful reminder that you can’t keep Christianity out of the workplace…
One of my supervisors reached out to me yesterday because she had some questions on how to generate some new reports in one of our systems. I was eager to assist and scheduled a meeting for us this morning to review all the options available. We spent some time discussing all of the options and then she asked how many kids I have. The actual number of kids I have is a difficult discussion because I originally thought I had two boys and one girl until last year when I found out my daughter isn’t really mine. I explained a little bit of my situation and how God has used my situation to transform my life.
Last summer, I was leading a group of boys at the church with a program called Royal Rangers. We were averaging almost 30 boys every Wednesday night and I was proud of the program…
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This was Nick’s morning… God just keeps finding ways for us to bless others…
“My day started out normal, nothing fancy just another Friday at work. I saw a post on Twitter to someone that said “my brother passed away yesterday” and my heart sank. I immediately thought to myself how much pain this young woman must be going through. I reached out to her and apologized for her loss. I asked her, “was your brother saved?” She said “yes he was and said he has been struggling the past several years.” I didn’t know what that meant, but I didn’t feel lead to ask anymore details. I told her I was excited that he was saved because Christians mourn the loss, but can’t wait to be reunited in Heaven. I shared with her one of the songs that Kristeen and I wrote together called “Only You”. I told her that I felt this song will lift her up. I said “I pray that God will hold you close in your time of need”. She listened to the song and said, “thank you so much for the beautiful song”.
Sometimes God will use us or something we have created as a tool to reach the soul of another. Because everything is done with God’s timing my next post was “the loss of a loved one is difficult to manage, but God has a big shoulder for you to cry on. Rejoice in the fact that one day, reunite in Heaven.” A completely different person messaged me and said “its funny that you Tweeted this my cousin just passed away yesterday.” Not by my design, but God’s own timing I wrote something for the pain of one person and it jumped out to the life of another.” – Nick
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Nick told me something spectacular was going to happen to me today. I don’t know. It’s not that I didn’t believe him necessarily; I really thought he just wanted me to make something happen today. You see, I’m supposed to be in the First Coast News station today to do a phone bank to promote awareness for Cancer Prevention Study-3. If I have the opportunity to promote what I’m doing music wise, then sure, I’ll make the most of it. I just wasn’t going to force anything to happen.
I found myself praying at the bus stop this morning. “Use me Lord, use me for your purposes.” I didn’t expect to find another man starving on the street. I thought, “really Lord, another homeless man?” Nick helped a homeless man yesterday. This one also held a sign, and was conveniently placed so I would see him walking to work after getting off the bus. I had no money on me of course. I told him of a place around the corner I like to stop at, and he walked with me. He said he also needed bus fare to get back to the beach. I started to pull out my bus pass to give to him. I need this pass, I knew I wasn’t going to get it back, and I hesitated before giving it to him, thinking there had to be another way. There wasn’t and I felt urged to give it to him. I also gave him one of my business cards for the music, and asked him to check out the videos when he had access to a computer. He sat outside while I went inside to order his food.
When I came back outside with his food, I sat down with him at one of the tables. He asked me if I was a Christian, he said he had looked at my card. My card does not say that I am a Christian or that I do Christian music. I told him I was, that I was saved in February. I wasn’t sure why I felt the need to add the last part but his response was even more intriguing when I asked if he was a Christian. He said, “Yeah, I got saved when I was a kid.” Looking at this man across from me, I knew he did not have the Holy Spirit in him, and my response was “but you aren’t anymore.” I couldn’t believe I said that. It was so forward. I shared with him a passage from Judges that my Pastor preached about yesterday when Samson was unaware that the Holy Spirit had left him. Something told me this morning to grab those notes, and I am so glad that I listened because this man desperately needed to hear that. He hung his head some, and we started talking about his mom who died recently, and how that was the catalyst that helped land him on the streets because he used to live with her. We talked about his two disabilities and how he is waiting for his appointment for Social Security. We talked about his friend at the beach who lets him sleep on his couch. He also asked me to pray for him.
Perhaps I was a little hard on him, but I told him that he is better than this, that his situation is self-inflicted. I told him that God mourns those that walk away from Him. I told him that he cannot continue to use his mom’s death as a reason to stop taking care of himself. I told him that he needs to confess and give his life back over to Jesus Christ. I also had him promise me that he would find a church when he gets back to the beach. When he asked me which one, I told him to let the Lord lead him. In the end, this man was very close to tears, and he needed a hug.
When I woke up this morning, I never thought that I would have the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life. Not only did I buy food for this homeless man, I had a conversation with him about God. Oh yeah, and I hugged him. I hugged a homeless person. There are all kinds of people that need our help. and there is always a path to get there. My pastor gave me the message this man needed to hear yesterday. I was there yesterday when Nick was led to feed a different homeless man. Today was my turn. I had the time to sit there with him before work and find out how his life had gone so wrong.
There is always someone to pray for. Please don’t turn a blind eye. Let the Lord lead you to those in need. You never know what kind of difference you can have in someone’s life just by showing up.