Sunday, June 16, 2013

Time (Chapter 4)

Hello America,

Very rarely, will I write on Sunday...

But I couldn't write yesterday... I could say I was working, but I'm always working...

I could say that I was tired... but I'm always tired....

So I am going to tell a little story, have a couple of points, end up with a song, and we are going to enjoy some basketball and hockey as I will not write again until Tuesday...

God spoke to me yesterday, and said "both of the series need to be even.... so you cannot write, you can't say anything..... for the series, both of them, being even represent where you are in your life.....  They are going to play their games, but right now this ain't about them, this is about you....  You are at a crossroads....."

So I sat last night after work, and I prayed and I cried, and I did some soul searching... and I said if what I am feeling as I feel the theme of what I need to write not necessarily the words.. usually a day before I actually write it...

if what I am feeling Saturday night is true, then God point appoint a man, a father to say those same words, Sunday morning....

I woke up and I said whomever's voice God wants me to hear, it is time and it is now...

And the pastor that I usually listen to hadn't started his service yet, so I got online and went to Apostolic Faith Church with Dr. Horace E. Smith, who serves as Bishop and Pastor of that church...

I'm not going to go into much of the sermon today...  But the point that God wants me to convey from that sermon  is this...

There was a great prophet in Elijah, he was the Lebron James of prophets, pedigree was universally recognized...  no one questioned it, and he had led over some of God's greatest victories in the old testament...  

And yet and still after all of his victories, the people still did not defer to God, in fact, they wanted to kill Elijah...  and be through with God and be through with this man... that defied the ruler of the land, they worked on, bled on, lived and died on...

And even though Elijah knew the power of God....   

Was there when God saved him time and time again, in the midst of facing adversity, in the midst of facing a bounty, in the midst of his life that God blessed him with mind you....

he ran....

he ran not into victory, not into the battlefield....

he ran into a cave...  he ran away from everything...  

My first point is that it doesn't matter what your pedigree is, what victories you've accomplished in the past, we all have things that make us want to run, whether we do or not...is dependent on the situation.

God found Elijah in that cave... and in 1 Kings Chapter 19 11-12 God says


In laymen's terms... God came and found Elijah...  And told him to meet him somewhere, and a strong win passed, and an earthquake passed, and a fire passed as well THAT had nothing to do with God...  and after all this had passed God spoke to Elijah in a very small still voice...

My second point is that in the midst of the storms of a series, or in your life, the trait of a champion emerges whether you have the ability to discern through all of the clutter and the distracting noise, and hear the small still voice......

In both of these series...  We are subject to a lot of noise...  Wade is back, Parker hurt, Bosh is back, the Spurs folded, the Heat rose... The Blackhawks folded, the Bruins got overwhelmed.... Manu is over ... Pop didn't adjust, Eric did...  Lebron passing too much, whatever.....

Championship teams know how to listen to the still small voice that is within their team...

that says screw the pundits, screw the stats, let's decide amongst ourselves, we not leaving this building without victory...

And right now the teams that will win Game 5 in one sport and Game 3 in one sport, are the teams that on this father's day and on the day after...

understand and trust enough to listen to the small still voice that got them here, that keeps them in contention, that has gotten them to this point...

And that small still voice is in the huddle, in the locker room, and NOT in twitter, or ESPN, or the stat room....

it's small still voice that makes Men whose names end with Neal, Greene, Cole, Seabrooke, Rask, Bollig, Chalmers, Diop step up in the locker room, those that don't get the endorsements, the recognition, who are sure to keep the seats warm on the sideline, who get called in only when things go wrong, or when someone else needs a break...shake the hands of the "Big Three, Four, Five..." and the coach, look them in the eye and

start a team clap where only those who have San Antonio, Boston, Chicago and Miami on the payroll checks hear... and say....

The playoff is a long ass journey
But my brother you ain't alone
They focus on stars only and that I can't condone
Brother I know you mighty tired
But Leader know I'm right here
to go in battle for victory with you and we will not fear
I need trust from You

Whatever my role is I'll proudly play
We'll share in pleasure and pain
Cuz Victory is worth taking
So we cannot be shaken
This is about more than a ring
This is shows what makes us men
No one's efforts will be fosaken
This bench ain't for breakin
Oooh oooh oh
Oooh oooh oh
Oooh oooh oh
No we won't be shaken

We won't be Shaken (Elijah's reminder)
Written by Tiffani E. Mims (ASCAP Licensed)

My point on this day.... All of our father's through their presence or absence....

have instilled a small still voice, a mantra within every one of us.....

That we bring to the locker rooms of our lives...., that we bring in that 5 minutes we are game, that we bring to the check or sliding the puck, or the rebound that no one will ever notice, or that pass...  

And the team that will not be shaken..... tonight and tomorrow has a bench that won't shake or break, that rises for the brothers who lead the frontline...

that will look at their starters, their stars, their coach, dead in the eye as men,

say honestly and earnestly where the men who hear his voice, feel it .....

My part I will proudly play...

And that's when that small still voice that God wanted Elijah to hear,

That's when that small still voice that is in that locker room tonight or tomorrow....

Will hit the court and ice and turn into a yell no team, no sports reporter, no pundit, can deny.......

That's where victory lies....

As for me, Because of Dr. Smith.... and his words... he reminded me of my own father's small still voice in John Elder MIms, who told me attitude dictates your attitude... and that it's time to trust God wholeheartedly... for I would not be in the Cave I call Chicago if God had not blessed me to make it out of the land of Texas....

So although I am not ready to join a church, I am ready to change my residency to Illinois and that for me is a big step politically and personally...  and I am ready to go to Dr. Smith when I get the courage...  and ask

What does God's small still voice tell you to instruct me to do?

Because My part I will proudly play

and I will not be shaken....

Have a great game, men... for whether you have given children to this world or not, you POSSESS THE SEED OF LIFE....

And we honor and thank you for that ....

Take Care...

Thank you Dr. Smith

I have to go to building 429 ;)  I have a chapter of my life to end.... and one to start.

Be back Tuesday
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