My Brother’s Keeper

And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper? (Genesis 4:9 KJV)

A few years, my grandmother asked me after church one day where my older cousin was. Now me being the me I then was said, ” How should I know, I not her keeper.” OOOOOOOOO… big mistake.

You see, my cousin was in the prime of her teenage years and was doing as she pleased, and I had learnt yet to keep my opinions to myself. (I don’t think I have yet.) The repercussions from that statement might still be haunting me today. I was reported to my aunt, who gave me a long lecture, then to my mother, who might have given me an even longer lecture, not that the message sank in then.

A few years later, I met up with a childhood friend we had nearly written off because he stopped going to church as often we did. He stopped believing. So me being me, went to try and convince him to come to church and show him the error of his ways, that was when the message finally sunk in. You see, all those years we spent condemning him we were never aware of what him home life was like.

His mother was being abused by his father and he often got in the middle, which had its own consequences. I considered myself his friend… how could I have missed all of this, how had I not seen the signs? His story haunted me for weeks, but I learnt a lesson I will not soon forget. It’s true that we outgrow persons and that we don’t quite get along so well with everyone, but Jesus calls us to be a friend to all, even those who aren’t our friends.

You may have a friend, a family member or an acquaintance you haven’t check on in a while, or even someone you see everyday who may be going through something you’re not aware of. It’s time we all stepped up to the plate and started being the brothers and sisters Christ calls us to be.

Are you your brother’s keeper? Yes. Have you been a good keeper? That’s a question only you can answer.

P.S. A friend in need, is a friend in deed.

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For the Lonely Nights

…I will never leave you nor forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5 KJV)

I’ll share with you a secret.

The smile many persons see on my face is forced most of the times.

At this point you may be asking, “But why?”

You see something happened a few years back and the reality hit that while many persons rely on me in varying instants, to them I was more of a convenience store than a friend. These of course were persons I considered my friends. The shock of my discover cause me to cut off nearly everyone around me and keep to myself. I don’t think many persons even noticed.

The nights got lonely with no one to talk and I sank further into depression that had been bubbling beneath the surface for months. Some nights I cried myself to sleep, other nights I occupied myself with novels and movies that I probably never should have opened. There were even times when I considered given up my personally convictions just so I didnt have to be so alone, just so I could fit in.

In that time however, as I struggled with who I really was versus who the world wanted me to be, I realized that there was someone who always wanted me around and who love me no matter what. I spent so much time trying to fit in with persons who were never gonna like me, that I lost sight of the fact that God loves me just the way I am. You see, as the nights became more lonely, I started to talk to God… I started to tell him how I felt, ask him what to do and just talk for hours letting all the feelings out. Yeah, I know, I sound like I lost it for a while there… but in those lonely hours, yes those precious lonely hours, Jesus let me know that I was his own.

I know I’m not the only one who’s ever been lonely. Whatever the reason, we’ve all had lonely nights. But more than year after my encounter with reality I can confidently, through personal experience tell you that he’ll never leave, you never forsake you , trust him and see. I mean, he said so himself didn’t he?

So when the nights get lonely… remember the best friend to have is Jesus when the cares of life upon you roll… or do what I do cause I found out with him…”I’ll never be lonely again, never again.”

P.S. He promised never to ever to leave me, never to leave me alone.

Big Ambitions

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Jeremiah 29: 11 KJV

Growing you as children we were taught to aim high, to have big ambitions. Everyone wanted to be a teacher, doctor, lawyer or nurse, just to name a few. We were taught to set goals and work hard to achieve them. So like everyone else, I did just that. However, as I grew older, my well planned life was not working… well, as planned. Something was missing and I couldn’t quite figure out what it was.

A good friend sent me this bible text the other day…” For my thoughts are not your thoughts, and my ways not your ways.” Ever thought while making all the plans you’ve made that maybe they’re not in line with God’s plans for you? While the thought had occurred to me one numerous occasions ┬áprior to this, that morning it was drummed home. At that time I’d been making plans for something I wanted to do at ┬áchurch and I was reminded of the fact that we are to avail ourselves as vessels to be used by God and stop telling God want we want to do.

How many times have you done that ? Yet every morning we pray saying, “Not my will but thine be done” right after we tell God what we have planned for the day. Ever thought to ask, ” Lord what do you have planned for me?” On this journey of change that I’ve embarked on, I’ve noticed that His plans always work out better than mine.

Now I’m not saying we should not make plans, we just need to remember that we can do nothing without Him. Keep that in mind as you go on each day. Let’s make a vow to include God in all we do. Be ambitious but plan with God.

P.S. May all we do and say be to His name’s honour and glory. Amen.

The Wax in my Ear

I’d have liked to start off my post with a text but I can’t quite find one to fit it. If you think of one just leave a comment below.

My first grade 6 teacher, Mrs. Terrelonge, [yes, I was in grade 6 twice], told us of 3 types of deaf persons one day as we were being particularly stubborn to the lesson she was teaching. The first was well… deaf people, you know persons lacking the ability to hear due to some medical reasons. The second was the tone deaf person who we as Jamaicans just call hard of hearing, as they never seem to hear the right thing. The last she called STIFF TONE DEAF, and please note this is not a real condition. The point she was trying to make about this final group is that though they had the ability to hear, they chose not to. Does this remind you of anyone you know?

Let me reveal a little secret. Shhhh… don’t tell anyone. I’m hard of hearing. For some reason my ear clogs up with excess wax which causes me to not hear things so well. Thus I have to clean them quite often. Yes I know, EEWWWWWWWWWWWWWW !!!!! GRRRROOOSSSSS!!!!! But it does come in handing sometimes when someone is telling me something I’m not particularly eager to hear. As I thought about what my next post was to be about it occurred to me that like excess ear wax, we have things in our lives that are preventing us from hearing the words of God.

Medical professionals will tell you that ear wax can be both good and bad. It protects the ear canal and traps microbes. In this case however, ear wax is bad. Now I’m not speaking literally wax, but there is some build up of “dust and microbes” in our lives that are distancing us from the Master. Maybe this is only me, but I’ve come to a point in my life where I’m wondering if he’s still near. This wondering caused me to pause and examine what’s different in my life now versus when I felt him close and heard him speaking to me… and no, I’m not mad.

My examination led me to the realization that there are some habits, some idols, some things that are separating me from the love of God. They’re like hair clogging up a pipe; the only way to get the water, the love of God, flowing freely again is to remove the blockage, be it hair,wax or whatever else. As I work on removing the wax in my ear with his help, I ask…Do you have any wax build up? Is there something preventing you from hearing the voice of God or feeling his love in your life?

Again Jesus is waiting to fix us up… to clean the wax from our lives… wont you let him?

P.S. Haad ears monkey, nyaam green banana