Monthly Archives: October 2008

Keeping it Real?

OK, raise you hand if you think both the Republican and Democrat candidates for president of the US are ‘keeping it real?’  That’s what I thought.  No takers.

What does that mean, “keeping it real?”  To most it means being genuine.  To others it means being who and what you want to be.  However I knew one guy who used that term a lot and what he meant by it was that he wanted to do, say and be those things that he desired to do with no restraints, no accountability or guilt.  I don’t think that’s what we mean by KIR (from here on I’m going to use KIR for “keeping it real.”

I’ve met some new friends lately.  They are quite the professionals they have aspired to be.  However, one of the most refreshing things I’ve learned about them, is that they like being around people who are sincere, not pretentious, simple, not complex and relaxed not hyper.  I totally agree with them.  My new friends are these kinds of people.

I like being simple, sincere and relaxed.  KIR means that you are living a life that you know you should be living and are enjoying it.  I can’t imagine what it would be like to be frustrated with people all the time, walking around guilt laden and showing everybody what a hyper junk addict I am because I’m all jacked up on energy drinks.  Hey, take a chill pill and slow down! (And that doesn’t mean popping a sedative or smoking a Camel or lucky Strike.)  (LOL).  Talking old school now.

Let’s enjoy life like Lionel Richie, “Easy like Sunday Morning.”  (You know you like that song!) 

Jesus said, that His way is easy and His burden is light.  I like that too.  Some people I know have given Him a bad rap by living Christian life that’s difficult and full of stress.  It’s good that He doesn’t sue you for defamation of character!

Come on now, life has enough difficulties without us creating some more.  You get hyper about the least little things, now go ahead just admit it.  I use to live that life.  I’ve chilled out now.  I’ll admit, I do drink a Mountain Dew or Dr. Pepper or a few cups of coffee just to get me kick started, but not overdosing on pure adrenaline!  That would make anyone over anxious, irritable or impatient.  Some don’t even have to do that and just their life style of verbal abuse in the home, low self esteem and health issues make them that way.

You can stress out if you want to, that’s your CHOICE.  Yes, you choose to stress out.  You stress out on bills, politics, someone taking your parking place, cutting in front of you while driving or just because the cable going out during your favorite program.  You know you do.

Life with Jesus Christ is so much easier than a lot of you think and act.  He wants us to just “keep it real.”  I know some Christians that are so full of anxiety and stress that they are a walking sandwich board to others that says, DON’T BE A CHRISTIAN, IT’S NOT WORTH IT.  IT HASN’T HELPED ME WITH MY STRESS AND ANXIETY YET!  Sad, so sad.

Relax.  It’s going to be OK.  God is in control.  Slow down.  Just keep it real!

That’s what I think about it.



Sunday; Blast or Bust?

As a pastor, I realize more so than others, that Sunday for people is their one and only day to either rest, or rest as well as go to church.  I also know that you want your rest to be great if that’s all you do.  OR, you want both your rest AND your experience at church to be great. 

I work very hard at making sure that church is not boring, but that it’s relevant, exciting, inspiriting, encouraging and loving.  I know that if I wasn’t in the ministry, was like everyone else and just attending church, I would want it to be that way. 

I know people attend church for various reasons like they might have friends that attend there, because of what they believe or because it’s close to home.  Naturally I want my church to attract the same kind of people.  I treasure the relationship that I have with all those who attend our church; both regular attenders and guests.  I love it when new people attend our church.  It gives a refreshing spirit and a newness to the service.  See, one thing that guests do not realize is that one day they could be welcoming people to the church they are visiting for the first or second time, because they loved it and settled down there. 

Moses was a first time guest at one time. However, yesterday, I said, “Moses you’re just an old stump now!”  What I meant by that, is that he had become a very integral part of Exaltation Church and was really someone I could count on because he loved me and the church.  He’s a great man.  Others like Meredith, who understand my standards of excellence for worship, comes through service after service with inspiring services that are so touching and sensitive to the spirit of man.  We are so blessed.

Yesterday was a great day for our church.  We had many people “checking us out.”  I loved it. It got me so fired up that Debra and I spent the afternoon and part of the evening doing things that we don’t normally do on Sunday.  It got me all “jacked up!”  (I had Mountain Dew for lunch too!)  Our guests were great people.  I fell in love with all of them and I hope it becomes reciprocal. 

Well, my Sunday was a blast.  I hope every one who came was as well. 

Now I’m writing this on my day off, getting all geared up for next Sunday.  (I’ve had three cups of coffee already this morning) 

BTW, keep rejection under your feet! (If you were here at EC yesterday, you know what I’m talking about!)

That’s what I think about it!