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Friday, December 15, 2017 17:32

A call to duty

Hi, friend. So you found your way here. Good. By what means you arrived, I don’t know. Maybe you followed a link I posted somewhere. Maybe someone else told you. Doesn’t matter. What matters is that you were curious enough to come and see. That’s all I need.

Several people have noticed a rather drastic and very obvious change in me. A few have inquired. I gladly explained what was going on. However, now the story dives deeper. Right off the bat, I will tell you that I am a man of faith. I believe that I was created by an omnipotent God with a wonderful sense of humor. I believe that He manifested Himself in the flesh out of love for His creation. I believe that manifestation called Jesus was sent as a Lamb to the slaughter to pay a price that a rough boy like myself could never pay. I believe in salvation. I believe in the presence of the Ark of the Covenant called the Holy Spirit. I believe in miracles. I believe in being made whole by having faith and belief in all these things. It is a blind man’s belief, but it lets me see.

These past couple of days, I took a little trip to the Dallas, Texas area. I went to visit my dear friend Kelly. I attended church at her chosen location of worship, a small but very powerful venue called Mercy Place. What words I received there, I am guided to now relay to you. Granted, they may not sit exactly in line with your own brand of faith, but that’s how we grow. Learn with an open heart.

Called to be a father

  • I have a daughter.
  • There are things I must teach her.
  • I must raise her in a manner that is not in line with what the world says is okay these days.
  • I must train her for a larger purpose.

You may or may not know, but I will be a divorcee come the end of this year. The circumstances are trivial to this. Regardless of why, who, or whatever, I was given one gift that I am very proud to have. . . fatherhood. It is something that ought to be taken far more seriously by many. It is something I must take more seriosuly than I already do.

Called to be a guardian

  • I have been blessed with an empathetic heart and understanding mind.
  • I have been blessed with shoulders that can bear the weight of another as needed.
  • I have been blessed with people worth protecting.

And He said to me “You wear the shield over your soul. Let no man have any doubt in his mind. Show them why you stand for Me.”

Called to be a warrior

  • Sometimes, defending means fighting.
  • Fighting has many forms when it comes to spiritual warfare.
  • It can mean driving away evil using that one name of Jesus.
  • It can mean sacrificing everything you thought you once knew in exchange for a new way of life.

Being a man of faith who has answered such a call is akin to being in the Mafia. The Father will bless and provide without end. Sometimes, though, He will call upon you to play an active role in carrying out His plans. Sometimes, what He asks will seem unpleasant or. . . inconvenient. He asked such things of Abraham. He asked such things of Moses. He asked such things of Jonah. He asked such things of Jesus. It takes blindness to say “Okay, I will do this.” Following through can be fearful or even painful, but He won’t let one who said “okay” break.

I’ve been called to duty. I am a father, a guardian, a warrior. I have begun walking down a new path. It is a blind man’s walk. I do it with peace and faith.

Has He called you?

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