The Best Seller

The general format or layout of a book is first the foreword. It gives a word be”fore” the main portions of the book. The foreword is usually written by someone other than the author, providing his/her perspective on the author and the book presented. A general book layout consists of the introduction, chapters, conclusion, acknowledgements and references.

What makes a book worth reading to you? Maybe it’s the drama. Maybe you like to read to gain knowledge. Maybe the illustrations capture your attention or the descriptions and personalities of the characters. Maybe the author is well-known and is accustom to writing amazing books. Or maybe the book was a referral from a colleague.

Our lives are like a book with many chapters. We are the authors. Each day is a new page and each year is a new chapter.

The foreword is our 9 months in the womb and was written by God. He knew us before we were in the womb.

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭1:5‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

The introduction is when we are born (introduced) to our parents after spending 9 months in the womb, that our Father God placed us in.

Then the chapters of life begin. As with any good read, our lives consists of many successes, triumphs, and tragedies. Characters are introduced. Some remain throughout our entire life story and some are there for a season. Some were never meant to stay as long as they did, but even those still served a purpose.

“To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:” Ecclesiastes‬ ‭3:1‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

How are your writing your story? Are you writing with expectation? Is there some structure? Are you seeking guidance from the Holy Spirit, who is the Master book editor and can assist you creating a best seller?

Congratulations on becoming an author. How are you writing your story? A best seller sits on shelves for decades. In fact, we pattern our lives after the greatest book ever written – The Bible. What best seller (legacy) will you leave?

I do not know how many chapters I have remaining in my book; but I do know this: The remaining chapters will be better than the first because my Father didn’t just TELL me. Naw naw…He PROMISED me. This house (my body) is where the Spirit of God rests comfortable and well.

As far as the conclusion goes, if I am not confident or certain of anything else, I do know that my conclusion will be breathtaking.

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” Revelation‬ ‭21:1, 3-4‬ ‭NLT‬‬



What do you value? What is valuable to you in life? Do you value life itself? To value something, it means that something or someone holds some sort of worth.
Whatever you value is what you will direct most of your attention towards. If you have children and you focus on making them well-rounded, you invest time and effort into their education, gifts/talents, and you may have partnered with their school and administrators, so that everyone knows that you as the parent/guardian have a vested interest in your child’s education.

If you are in college, you value the completion of finishing and obtaining a degree in your field of study. You make weekly sacrifices of studying and preparing for your career as opposed to hanging out with friends. You envision walking across the stage with a graduation stole, moving the tassel from one side to the next, which is a physical indication of officially accomplishing your goal.

At the beginning of a new year, we see many people who value their appearance and they make sacrifices by setting the alarm, getting to the gym, and working out before heading off to work. You may even invest in meal prep to ensure that you do not indulge in snacking and over eating.

These are small examples that describe the things we give attention to or are valuable to us. Where our heart directs us is where we place more attention. The Bible explains it at such:

Luke 12:34 (NKJV)
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

A treasure is described as holding valuable objects that are considered lost and/or forgotten until they are rediscovered. The Bible states that where are treasure is, is where we will find our heart. Whatever we deem as valuable, is what we are passionate about. The treasure is linked to the desires of your heart. It’s interesting that a treasure is defined as a vessel that holds valuable objects that are lost or forgotten…until they are Rediscovered.

Our love for our Father was lost in sin…until He found us where we were, helped us back on our feet, and interceded on our behalf for mercy and grace (I feel like falling face forward right now in worship). Have we somewhat forgotten the hand of mercy and grace that was extended in our weakest moment?

Perhaps this explains why we become half-hearted in our commitment and relationship to God. When Jesus is our treasure, we have no issue committing our resources (time, money and gifts) to His purpose. Better yet, our purpose aligns with His because we treasure Him.

Are you motivated to serving the Lord? Do you value the commitment you made, knowing that there is an eternal reward?

Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ. Colossians 3:23-24 (NLT)

The Lord will not forget the smallest service that we perform for Him; the smallest service equates to the greatest reward. Your value should not decrease based on someone’s ability/inability to see your worth. Remember where your reward comes from.

Let us not forget what is most valuable in this life. We were created by God, for a specific purpose and should live our lives for His glory – not for our own. Remember, whatever we do for Him, has a reward that we cannot even imagine.

Therefore, do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. Hebrews 10:35 (NKJV)

Add Life to Your Life

As you may or may not know, we are not guaranteed tomorrow, so I thought that I would direct your attention to life on today.

Add life to your life…today…

“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians‬ ‭4:31-32‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Is there someone who you have offended, won’t forgive, are holding a grudge against or owe an apology to?

Contact them today and attempt to make peace.

“bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.” Colossians‬ ‭3:13‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

The pain and hurt others causes us is real and great. But, the pain of living with bitterness and unforgiveness can poison your soul and destroy you.

I know all too well how short life really is as most of us do. Death seems to come much faster these days than life. Hug your loved ones and tell them: “I love you.”

Tell the one that offended you: “I forgive you.”

Focus on what really matters.

Mind Over Matter

I believe that if we change our response to situations and see challenges as opportunities for God’s glory to be revealed through us, our level of stress will diminish and we will learn to give God glory through and in everything.

“in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” I Thessalonians 5:18 NKJV

But…ummm, that is no easy feat. This way of thinking takes retraining everything that we have been taught both verbally and visibly throughout our entire lives.

How do we accomplish this? We must keep our mind on the Lord. Now, can you literally keep your mind on the Lord all day? That would probably be impossible, seeing that you have to consider thinking about other things related to the care of your family, your work, and yourself. It may not be literally possible; however, how we respond to what is happening, focusing on how we should conduct ourselves as vessels of Christ, we can accomplish this because the word promises that we will be kept in PERFECT peace.

“You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3 NKJV


How is peace perfect?

  • Perfect peace is achieved by not allowing your soul to be disturbed by what your physical eyes are seeing.
  • Perfect peace is the absence of worry, doubt, and fear and quite frankly it is impossible to have peace of you have these three as roommates.

The battle for peace is waged in the mind and our thoughts are a measure of our peace; but the battle can be won, if your thoughts on the Lord.

Remember what He already delivered you from. Remember how the Lord kept you. Remember when the bad news, worked in your favor and was transformed into good news. Recall when you did not know what you would do and God MADE a way.

The scripture is really saying that it’s all mind over matter. Everything begins with your mind. What you give power to begins to control you.

If you don’t mind [it] won’t matter. What you think, you will become.

“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he…” Proverbs 23:7 NKJV

A Good Fight

Have you ever watched a professional boxing match? When professional boxing was popular during my era, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Caesar Chavez, and George Foreman were the names that were mentioned.

What constituted a good fight? For some, it was seeing the component beaten by a TKO (technical knockout); for some, it was seeing the underdog beat the champion, and for others it was a pound-for-pound fight until the 12th round. Those viewers wanted their money’s worth.

Prior to the main event, the boxing match everyone desires to see, the commentators, provide insight on each boxer’s training regime. When we can hear and see the mental and physical preparation, it gets us more anxious lends to promoting.

For example, remember the movie, Rocky? I recall seeing him carrying tree logs, training in the woods and using what he had to prepare for the fight of his life. There were so many parts to the Rocky series, I have NO idea what he did in which movie, without reviewing again, but I know that he prepared and he trained diligently.


The Bible speaks of a good fight, and this had me wondering; spiritually, what is a good fight?

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witness. 1 Timothy 6:12 (NKJV)

What is the good fight of faith?

A good fight is being ready. You are prepared for the battle. We know that our enemy is preparing daily. He is like Rocky; he is using every tactic and ploy to defeat you. Even the smallest of matters become large mountains, if not careful. The fight that we are in is not only against evil in the world, but our own fleshly desires. We must fight at all cost, not to give in to seducing spirits.

The fact of the matter is, he is already defeated. Unfortunately, we are unable to claim the victory because we have not equipped ourselves. We must be fully equipped, wearing our armor always, the WHOLE armor of God, because our fight is not only with what we can see, but even in places and spaces that we cannot see. Notice Ephesians 6:13 says the armor of God. It is not our armor. It is not our weaponry. If we could do it alone, why would need a Savior? Why would we need God’s armor.

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12 (NKJV)

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 2 Corinthians 10:4 (NKJV)

We are to continue in the word, believe it by faith, regardless of the appearance and our perception of defeat. A victorious life will not come easy; you will have to prove who you believe, who you trust, and who you will obey.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. Romans 8:35, 37 (NKJV)

Whatever you do, do not quit! That is fighting the good fight of faith. Although you cannot envision the outcome of victory, know that it is there, if you just continue to fight with the appropriate equipment.

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 1 John 4:4 (NKJV)

Fight with purpose, because your enemy has a purpose in his fight with you: To steal, kill, and to destroy you. The fight is good, but only if you are prepared.

So now this is how I run—not without a clear goal in sight. I fight like a boxer in the ring, not like someone who is shadowboxing. 1 Corinthians 9:26-27 (CEB)

Walking With God

As believers, we often find ourselves asking what is our purpose. What specific tasks is asked of us, from our Father, to fulfill as we live out our days on earth. In fact, I have shared with you once before a portion of my prayer which includes: “Lord what is the hope of your calling?” In other words, what do you want me to do? What did you call me for (Ephesians 1:17-18)

Often it is not hard to know. The very thing that you are passionate about often ties to what you are supposed to be doing. How you get their is the path given by the Holy Spirit, as He leads and guides us to all truths as we acknowledge the Lord in everything we do, so that He can direct us.

“In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:6 NKJV

It is really quite simple. There are 3 things the Lord requires. If we base our lives upon these 3 things, it makes life much more manageable.

Those 3 things are:

  1. To do what is right.
  2. To love mercy.
  3. Conform our lives to God’s will.

The word of God explains these 3 principles as such:

“No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8 NLT

If we resolve to do what is right (just or fair), treat one another with love and loyalty, granting mercy just as our Father was merciful towards us, and humbly walk with God, we complete the mission.

Walking with God means that we live according to His principles. We base our lives around what He says, as being His obedient children, and we trust Him as our Heavenly Father.

What happens when we walk with someone? Imagine that you and a friend are enjoying a walk during your lunch break. You are next to one another. You talk, laugh, and listen. Your attention is focused on this person. Your phone is would be a distraction and disrespectful because it would take away from the intimacy and the attention that you would anticipate by spending time with this person- so you do not bring it. You may notice the beauty around you or something that is going on nearby, but only to point it out to the other person.

Walking with God is like that. When we enter into an intimate relationship with God through faith in His Son, He becomes our heart’s greatest desire. Knowing Him, hearing Him, sharing our hearts with Him, and seeking to please Him become our primary focus. He becomes everything to us. Meeting with Him is not an activity reserved for Sunday morning. We live to fellowship with Him (thank you Jesus)!

Just as walking with a close friend requires saying “no” to many other things, like the cell phone or bringing someone else along, walking with God requires letting go of anything that would be a distraction.

If we walk with God, the other 2 things on the list become natural: it makes sense to do what is right, and although someone may treat you unfairly, you remember the immeasurable mercy given to you, by God, and you can extended that mercy to others.

When you walk with God (walk in the Spirit) it is easy for others to detect that you have been with Jesus.

There’s no need to worry yourself about your specific purpose. Those who walk with God, always reach their destination.

Nothing From Nothing Leaves Nothing

I wanted to speak to your heart about who you are.

In case you were uncertain, you decide who you are. You decide who you will become. You make the decisions that affect the course of your life. This is the power of choice given to us by God. He has even given us the freedom to choose to live life by His principles (of which I personally would have preferred that God had made this decision on my behalf – I mean come on Jesus! I could have avoided some of this nonsense I had to go through had you just MADE us follow you).


Even after consulting and confiding in a friend, loved one, or mentor, you STILL have to make the ultimate decision that you were consulting about.

Since we have the authority to make decisions, we must learn to make them based upon who we are, who God purposed us to be, and not on the opinions of others.

If you are afraid of criticism, you will die doing nothing.

What does that mean? You will always be concerned about what someone says about you. Remember this: When someone does not believe in you, your passion, or your God-given vision, before they had an opinion, God gave you a vision, which is His purpose to be fulfilled through you.

This discussion reminds me of a man named Noah. We are personally introduced to him at the age of 500 years old (Genesis 5:32). God was infuriated with the world and how His children began following the customs of worldly people, intermingling, and marrying them. Insomuch that God had purposed in His heart to destroy the ENTIRE world and everything within it; but then, someone touched His heart. The Bible says (Genesis 6:8) that Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Notice here that there was nothing Noah did to earn grace. Grace is undeserving favor. Noah did absolutely nothing to earn his salvation, but he found grace – both Noah and his family. In exchange for God being “lenient” on Noah, Noah had to fulfill a God-given purpose. In exchange for God’s grace Noah obtained faith.

Noah obtained faith as a result of grace. THAT IS SO POWERFUL!


  • Noah trusted God.
  • Noah walked with God.
  • Noah believed in God.

God trusted Noah to the point of giving him a responsibility to build a boat to save Noah and the world. Noah changed God’s heart. Oh that is so beautiful. Don’t you want to walk so close to God that when evil devices are plotted against you to destroy you and your family, you can change God’s heart to remove the hand of the enemy completely off of you and save you? Well – that did occur. When God sent His precious Son, Jesus, to save us from the the sentence of death, God said NO! But that is only if we choose to accept Jesus as our Savior (see there; there’s that choice thing again).

God gave Noah the purpose of building a boat that took 100 years to complete. No doubt, Noah’s friends thought that he was crazy. No doubt his wife was praying for his mental wellness. No doubt people passed by this mammoth of a thing and laughed, when Noah explained what He was doing, but Noah did not care. Noah would have died doing nothing along with the world and everyone else in it. The criticism of others did not dictate or adjust Noah’s focus on God’s plan for His life. He remembered the grace and He trusted His Father’s plan.

What about you? Do you trust God’s plan. As a result of the grace extended to you, has your faith grown? You do realize that your funeral services could’ve been arranged when you had the car accident, right. You do know that you could have died giving birth to life. Do you not realize that the carbon monoxide leak and smell of gas in your home could have taken out everyone? Your plane could have been the plane driven into the towers in New York City. Was this not enough of an extension of grace to give up your desires God’s purpose? Know who you are and whose you are. Know what you are purposed to do and do it.

I had the privilege of visiting a place entitled the Ark Encounter with my girls and my mom last April, just 2 months before her passing. It is a family-oriented tourist attraction in Williamstown, Kentucky where a replica of the Ark, using the measurements from the Bible, was created. It was fascinating to imagine the types of animals that were prevalent back then – dinosaurs and animals that are now distinct were all on this boat – simply amazing.


There are two voices speaking to you: One says you can’t; the other says you can with God (Philippians 4:13). You are made on purpose, for a purpose, during a time such as this.

There is something that you do that no one else can do. If you do nothing, both you and it will die. Nothing from nothing leaves nothing. If you do nothing, you will receive criticism. If you do something, you’ll receive criticism. Either way, you’ll be criticized.

So here is what I propose: Commit your works to the Lord; allow your paths to be established by Him. He will grant you favor first with Him, and then with man.

Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation. Proverbs 3:4 (NLT)