Do good


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Then king David sent, and fetched him out of the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, from Lo-debar. 2 Samuel 9:5

This is an amazing story. Every time I read it the scene itself takes many forms in my mind, and the story itself has many teachings. One thing is for sure, the redemptive nature of the entire account could be worth a movie by itself. Mephibosheth, was King Saul’s grandson. The same king that persecuted David because he was jealous and wanted to kill him. Yet we see David here even after Saul had died, purposely and intentionally looking for ways to honor the king, even after his death.

Mephibosheth was crippled since his childhood. Upon hearing the news of the death of King Saul and of his son Jonathan (Mephibosheth’s father), his nurse fled with him fearing for their lives. In the process, he fell and crippled both of his feet; he was only five years old and yet he was marked for the rest of his life. He was also forgotten and left in a barren land. Years after, David had reign as king of Israel and continued to look for ways to honor the pact he had done with Jonathan which takes us here we in the middle of this scene. The story continues to narrate how David returned to Mephibosheth all of the land and possessions that were originally of his father Jonathan. He was completely vindicated and restored.

But this story illustrates something more relevant to our times. When fathers are absent, children are crippled in many ways and they are unable to walk correctly in life, just as it happened to Mephibosheth. When something as fundamental as the fatherhood is interrupted, everything else comes crumbling down. We cannot prevent the absence of a father due to death, just like this story, but we can prevent the absence of fathers due to life distractions. When we chase the wind, this endless pursuit of temporal recognition comes at the expense of an eternal impact; we are crippling our children and therefore our society at large.

It is painful to mend the self esteem and the heart of child that has been rejected and forgotten. As a father, I am especially convicted of this. There is no one else in this earth that can make a bigger impact in the lives of my children than me. I don’t want them to walk in life emotionally crippled. Even when I know I have made mistakes along the way, I am reminded that as David’s actions were redemptive in the life of Mephibosheth, I need to be mindful and be present in the lives of my children so they are thrusted into their God given destiny.

How many children have been given a plight in life that would never compare to the one we live? What are we doing to change that? It is so easy for us to make a change through organizations such as Compassion International, World Vision and many more. And yet we find excuses not to do good. I know I did. Maybe not intentionally, but I did. If anything is stopping you to make a small change, you are making an excuse. David, even after Jonathan’s death, found a way o do good and he did it exceedingly abundantly more. He invited Mephibosheth to eat with him at his table from that day on. The interesting fact is that David didn’t had to do any of that, but he did anyway. You and I might not be able to invite to our table children’s around the world, but we can help others to do so where they live.

At the end of the day, it is not so much as how nice, articulate or excellently you can present an idea that matters. Help a neighbor, a widow, an elder, a charity in your community, a coworker. What matters most is what you do. In the end the real currency of “doing” versus “saying” is what makes this world better. So decide what to do. I would suggest you do good.

“BREATHE expectantly, LIVE confidently and MOVE Boldly”

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“Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

The morning that started it all


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As he opened his eyes in the morning, he knew that what would happen next would be recorded in history. Getting dressed today had a new meaning. As He carefully grabbed his garments and clothed himself He glanced at his sandals and put them on. The steps He was about to take had a new direction. So He sat on his cot, meditating, praying, longing. His heart revved up more than normal as this day marked a point of no return. The beginning of everything and the fulfillment of a plan that was devised the moment it all had gone wrong, and He was ready.

What would start outwardly today to the world, He had prepared for all of his life. Today, his first step echoed in heaven as it marked the time in which the quest to destroy evil forever had begun. His footsteps reverb far beyond time and space, and it all was starting today. Inside, a tsunami was gaining strength and with insurmountable violence it was moving ashore, and yet He was calm. Today, He would start this journey towards the Jordan River, the same way He would end it, on his way to Golgotha; alone. No one else could walk these paths for Him.

Just as many other days, no one suspected anything when they saw him walking. He looked at familiar faces, loving them as He had done all along, but knowing that this journey today was different. As his footsteps pierced the silence of heaven, God stood up and looked down, smiling and tearful all at the same time. His Son would embark in the most significant journey of all. He was eager to pronounce those unforgettable words, that a proud Father would say. “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.”

That day, a dent in the universe began and it was finished at calvary for you and for me three and a half years later. It transformed the entire human race thereafter. Jesus never left more than twenty-five miles away from his home, but He reached the entire world with his words. Just as Jesus walked decidedly towards his destiny, you and I need to decide to walk in the direction of our purpose.

What is stoping you? What is it that you fear? You know deep down inside, that the reason you are here is bigger than the circumstances that you are facing today. So take courage and take that first step. Outwardly, it might seem as a normal day, but perhaps you might also have a tsunami building inside of you and it is moving with great force towards the shore. Every step you take is echoing in the realms of heaven, because you decided to walk in the direction of your calling. This could be the morning that will start it all.

“BREATHE expectantly, LIVE confidently and MOVE Boldly”

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The God of the valley


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Then the man of God went to the king of Israel and said, “This is what the Lord says: The Arameans have said, ‘The Lord is a god of the hills and not of the plains.’ So I will defeat this vast army for you. Then you will know that I am the Lord.” 1 Kings 20:28

There is something about mountaintops that energizes us. We see it all the time in movies, television and advertisements. They symbolize a place of strength, success or achievement. We have this mental picture that translates into our soul and emotions that if we are to be somewhere, the mountaintop or the high ground is the place to be; literally or figuratively. A big sale, a milestone conquered, a new job, good news, the highlight of the day, the week, the month or the year. These are the times when we want to high five everyone, shout out and jump. We feel good, we are at a high point, and if it depended on us, we would stay there everyday. Anything else that comes our way just doesn’t seem right. But the truth is that we all experience the low points in our lives, and it is not a matter of “if” they’ll happen, but “when”.

And it is understandable that when we see the high points in someone else’s life, we think that they have it all figured out. We see their lives as a continual mountaintop journey. We jump to the conclusion that there is an advantage that we do not have and therefore they are in the high points, and we are in the valley. The Arameans thought the same about the children of Israel. Israel, in their eyes was successful just because they had the high ground in the battlefield and because of that, in their eyes God was a god of high places, a god of the hills. Clearly, they thought that they would make the war fair and advantageous for them, if they fought it in the valley. If you want to win a battle, it clearly doesn’t hurt to have a high point with an advantage view of the entire landscape. But the battles in the valleys are inevitable.

Many times we are so consumed with everyday struggles that when we find ourselves alone, we question where is God. It is possible that you are facing right now a circumstance that makes you feel lost and you might even think that this battle is a never-ending valley; that God is not there with you. But just as the king in this story was told, God is also the God of the valleys. In the moments when we think all is lost and that all of the odds are against us and that the valley we are in seems to blur the horizon and the mountaintop is nowhere to be seen, God tells us, “Then you will know that I am the Lord.”

He is in the valley of your struggle with poor health. He is in the valley of your financial challenges. He is in the valley of a broken heart. He is in the valley of unemployment. He is in the valley of an uncertain future. He is in the valley of broken dreams. He is in the valley of family distress. He is in the valley of loneliness. He is in the valley of shadow and death, and He is loudly saying that not in the mountaintop, but in these valley’s “…you will know that I am the Lord.”

In order to get to the mountaintop, you have to go through the valley. The good news is that God is the God of the mountaintop, but He also is the God of the valleys.

“BREATHE expectantly, LIVE confidently and MOVE Boldly”

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