A Journey of Wisdom… Remembering Grandpa…

Inspiration: My Grandfather, Haywood Perry Barnes, Sr. and Proverbs 3

14317476_10155230417966679_9182297703261013377_nThe first thought of this great man that comes to mind is the amount of wisdom he possessed. Always willing to teach… show… inspire… I know many always focused on the tangible of my grandfather. And yes, it had its place. But then there was the intangible of my grandfather. His strength… His knowledge… His tenacity… His perseverance… His Love of Christ…

Here’s a man that was all about his walk with Christ. He would speak on it, but he preferred to put it in action. Always humble with a servant’s heart. Always willing to help fellow man out. Always the defender of family.

I can recall many times of being in the workshop with grandpa. There I was, helping him build this and that. In the garage or car port helping him work on Betsy emoticon20n-1-web … That’s what we called his blue truck. How many times, did I have to go on a job with him and we first stop at Hardees… I’d get sausage biscuit lol… He get his steak biscuit and from there… we are installing furniture all day LOL! Those were some good times… As he got older, we would talk and talk and talk. He would always tell me, “Vincent… Always keep God first and you will be alright.”

I continue to hold onto those words, especially now that he is no longer here. After learning of his death, I was going through my phone and stumbled across something that reminded me of some things that he would always tell me…

Proverbs 3:1-6; 21-26 (NIV)

My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart,

For they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity.

Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.

Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

6 In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

21 My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion;

22 They will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck.

23 Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble.

24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

25 Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,

26 For the Lord will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared.

Here’s a man that understood what it meant to love you the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind. Here’s a man that understood what it meant to love your neighbor as yourself.

Here’s a man that understood and applied Romans 15:1-2… paraphrasing, we who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. We should have a desire to build up fellow man for their good.

Here’s a man that understood that he still had joy when facing trials, because the testing of his faith develops perseverance and that perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything…

This was a man that stuck by his motto: “To let your yea be yea and you nay be nay…”

Grandpa… you were blessed to live an incredible life. You taught so many… You were instrumental in my love for math, science, and technology. You were inspirational in my 14310339_1228518283836238_5449568540964846771_ocareer choice in statistics. You were the standard of a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, brother, cousin, friend… but most of all… You set the standard of a man of God. I hope to be half the man you were. God I thank you for my grandfather, Haywood Perry Barnes, Sr. For the wisdom You blessed him with. For the love of family he had for us. Grandpa, you were my last earthly father… but you now are another angel watching over me. I will miss you. Take your rest… You have earned it.

Love… Vincent

P.S. Kiss Grandma for me. Tell Dad hey… I love you.

Haywood Perry Barnes, Sr… Natural Birth: September 9, 1927 ~ Eternal Birth: September 17, 2016

The Lesson He Taught

Inspirations – My Dad, Mr. Vincent Augustus Davis, Sr. (Natural Birth: May 13, 1951 ~ Eternal Birth: January 27, 2003) & Ronnie Laws – Friends & Strangers

It has been 13 years since my father, Vincent Augustus Davis, Sr., went home to be with IMG_0858the Lord. In the last few years, I’m more into the music my parents would listen to. My sisters, mother, and I always talk about how my dad loved his jazz. It’s funny, because you could always tell his mood by the music he’d listen to. From Kenny G, to War, to Temptations, to Boney James, to Bill Withers, to Roy Ayers, and so forth. But there was one artist that he would listen to on any given day, Mr. Ronnie Laws. As a lil’ dude out in the yard cutting grass with Dad, he would have his beer with him and the radio would be on blast with Mr. Laws.  One of my favorite songs is Tidal Wave… but Dad had another one that we all liked, Friends & Strangers…

One thing about Dad; he was a quiet man. Always watching his surroundings. He was not one to call everyone friend.  His circle consisted of my godfather, Larry “Vann” Cousins… my uncle, Haywood P. Barnes, Jr., Mr. Larry Coker, Mr. Paul Bess, and Mr. John Allen. There were a few folks from the shipyard as well. Vincent, Sr. had a genuine love for everyone, but he was very conscious of who he went around. He never threw around the word, friend, causally at all. Today I think back on that and realize I’m the same way. I do it without thought. Yet my circle of friends isn’t small, but still strategic like Dad’s. Often, I wonder though, why Dad was like that? And then it hit me… Dad had something that each of us should ask God for on a consistent basis… Discernment.

A time back, my god-brother and I spoke about how sometimes folks will try to take advantage of the weak for the purpose of exploitation. It angers me, because many of us are in position to be a blessing, yet we choose to be a curse. Yet if we ask God to give us discernment, we can then start to see if folks are for us or against us. When I think back, Dad was good for this. He could always tell if someone meant good or harm. After all these years, I think I understand the lesson that Dad was trying to teach me…

A friend will always be real with you. A friend will tell you what you need to hear; good or bad. A friend will hold you accountable. A friend will honor and respect your personal relationship with God. A friend will pray for and with you. A friend will love you as Christ loves us all.

A stranger can come and go. A stranger could possibly take advantage of you. A stranger will tell you what you want to hear. A stranger could bring harm. A stranger could be good or bad… could fake like a friend, but you must discern.

THOUGHT:  Everyone comes into your life for a reason. Some for a season… some for a lifetime. You must ask God for the gift of discernment so that you know who is for you and against you.

An additional lesson that Dad taught me… For those that have been in your life for years, even decades, and have always remained consistent, genuine, God fearing… Hold fast to those folks.

Thanks for the lesson Dad. Love you.

Intercession…

Who you are to me,
A friend, a brother, a sister…
You are someone that I touch, laugh with, someone I can see…

A reliable source of character and integrity…
A man… a woman of your word… filled with trust and sincerity…

A friend, oh yes, you are to me… indeed true and true…Intercession
I thank God for you and all that you do…

For encouragement… for advice… for guidance…
To put in my mind that I have the power to advance…

Who You Are to Me,
Indeed, you are more than just a friend…
For when I see you, I “see” what I can’t touch and see…

No I can’t with the physical sight…
But with spiritual eyes, I can see His Light…

Yes, His Light, His Anointing, His Glow…
It radiates ever so brightly through you and ever so bold…

You know my friend; I’ll let you in on a secret…
His Light lives in me too and I pray that it guides your life to direct…

Who You Are to Me… is truly who I see…
My Friend, My Savior, My Brother, My Guide to see…
I thank You for the reminder that I can be all that I can be…

To be and so much more, but My Friend, I ask of this one thing…
All that You inhabit, continue to do a new thing…

A new thing in them that will make them stronger…
So that they too can run on a bit longer…

To those that You desire to inhabit My Friend…
Use me and I will search and save them until my end…

But even then, You showed me that after this life…
That Your Angelic Friends will assist; after all, Vincent Sr. has in his afterlife…

Who You Are to Me… I praise You now and forever…
For how You use us daily; and to forsake…hmmm, Your Word said, NEVER…

Christ, I thank You, My Friend…
For what You did for all on Calvary; Bruh… we can live forever and it will never end…

THOUGHT: This is for you. I love you… and thank God for you. Don’t allow Satan to distract you from Christ. Seek Him and touch the Hem and be made whole under the subjection of Jesus Christ…

Father God:

I thank You for Your Son, My Brother, My Friend. Christ, what You have done for us, we can never offer up enough “Thank You’s”, or dance the best dance, or shout enough “Hallelujahs” or simply cry tears of joy. We are truly in awe of Your Glory, Your Presence, Your Love… we thank You. I ask that each person that reads this would be blessed beyond their thinking… beyond measure. Lord, some are hurting… some are wrestling with suicide… some have been abused… some are inflicting pain on themselves… some have lost loved ones… Lord whatever it is, Meet them right where they are… and as they embrace You, allow them to experience a new level in You. Restore, Heal, Deliver, Make them Whole, and most of all… Love them more, now…. And forever….

In Jesus Christ Name…
Amen

Achieve With Child-Like Passion

I can recall at the ages of 5, 6, 7, and so forth… watching cartoons; something that I still do at 34… Of course lol.  But I can recall as a lil’ dude having dreams of being a doctor, firefighter, and a whole host of things.  Who’d thought I would grow up and be a statistician and an accountant lol…? But one thing that sticks with me, the passion of dreams and goals… To know that I am working towards something is very exciting. Today, I wonder; what happened to most of us once we became adults?11987195_1008648372489898_4704843183473159616_n  The child-like imagination simply faded away… our very innocence just went away.  We as adults have given up, yet God hasn’t forgotten… and He knows all of our dreams and goals and I’m sure most of them in some way, are part of His Plan for you…

Remember…

As children, many of us sang a familiar set of words:

“This little light of mine…

I’m gonna let it shine.”

Still to this day, it is a favorite of kids (and kids-at-heart).  Children tend to sing it very loud and could care less if they are off key, while adults sing it with “dignity” (Yeah right). Now, why is that? Could it be that children sing it loud and off key, because they don’t believe in limits? A child’s mind is rich with imagination and thirsts for knowledge; hence they don’t feel that there’s a boundary when it comes to dreams and goals.  Yet as adults, we set limits. We question and second guess ourselves, because we think we’re too old or we don’t have the energy or simply said, “I can’t.”  By whose authority says you can’t achieve? 

Stop saying what you can’t do… be like Nike:  JUST DO IT. Stop giving the enemy the glory; rather, Praise God. For a moment, think back to the ages of your childhood.  All the things you wanted to be.  Don’t focus so much ochildren-readingn the what you wanted to be.  Rather, think of the passion, the excitement, the drive you had.  And the best part is; that passion, excitement, and drive is still there.  And with God leading, you can still live your dreams; your goals; the God-ordained purpose.

Stop holding the dream and live it.  Don’t give up; for God will always hold you up with His Hands… Look you gotta a whole host of angels from Heaven; cheering you on!!! What you waiting for?!?! Walk into your destiny!!!

The Vain-“LESS”, Eternal Labor…

Two things come to mind when I think of the title of this entry. The first is a familiar song by the Clark Sisters “Is My Living in Vain?” A song that lets it be known that what we do for the kingdom of God is worth the rgrowthisk and the faith we exercise. The second; the Labor Day Weekend.  Labor Day is an annual celebration of the strength and endurance of workers in this country. These two coincide with one another in the sense of making sacrifices, doing something continuous that can be tiresome, and yes; even frustrations that come with labor (women that are mothers can attest to “frustrations in labor lol”). Frustrations, especially if it’s something that you feel can’t do or you do it and don’t get recognition.

But here’s a thought, are you doing for the accolades or because you are being obedient to God?

We have heard the following: Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

When we hear it, we get all excited. But my question is, if we are to believe that He knows the plans for us, then why do we get all upset when things occur? We said that we believe that Christ died for us. We claim that we believe He got with all power. We say that we are children of God? But all this we say; is it just pretty clichés to us? Does it convict on us on any level?

It is a challenge to loose a job or your home, become impatient on completing an assignment or paying off a bill and so forth. But what of these things? Tangible items that you were not born with, that can’t go to heaven with you, items that could indirectly or directly lead you to hell; that is if you worship them. But these things are only “things”. They can assist you as you maneuver through life, but they are not the intangible; love, joy, peace. The real assets. A peace of mind is worth way more than the amount owed for the national debt.

Could it be that trials in general come because God wants to get your attention? Could He be saying, “Why are you so wrapped in the trivial? This is the true task that you are to do. Now will accept the invitation?”

Many of us would say we can’t because of a track record. So what you messed up in the past??? Don’t you serve a God that can take something that is messed up and make something wonderful out of it? Or we start on what God wants us to do and get weary because of this, that, and the third. It’s especially difficult when you make an effort to follow God and others see that and try to discourage you. But as the song said, “NO OF COURSE NOT… IT’S NOT ALL IN VAIN. CAUSE UP THE ROAD, IS ETERNAL GAIN.” (Minus Karen Clark-Sheard’s run of that note LOL…).

But I say this to you; Do you think Moses, Esther, Jonah, Joshua, Abraham, Christ and many more were eager to go forth with God’s work? Well maybe Christ lol, but the point I make is, I’m sure many were discouraged and got weary, but because of  the love relationship with God, they understood that they had to be obedient. They knew the voice of God and understood that He would give them the provisions to follow through His commands. More so, they did His Will, because they Love Him. If you Love God then know that what you do and who you are is NOT in vain.

THOUGHT: In Genesis 1:26-31, it says the following:

26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” 

27 So God created man in his own image, 
in the image of God he created him; 
male and female he created them. 

28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” 

29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so. 

31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.
progression chiffre affairesWhat’s the take away? God created man in His Own Image… God saw all that He had made, and it was very good. God created you and saw that you were good. He created you for greatness in everyway. Now isn’t that reason to be excited. When God looks at us, He doesn’t say, “Oh you are disgusting to me.” (Well, unless He has to call you out like He did in Revelation 3:15-17 (Message Bible)… but hopefully you haven’t got on those terms with God lol.) But, He looks at us with Perfect Love. His Labor in creating us was NOT in vain and therefore; who YOU ARE; IS NOT IN VAIN. But rather what you deposit on this earth; if it is God’s work, it will lead to the road of ETERNAL GAIN. He’s standing with open arms saying, “My Child. The invitation has been sent. Will you accept or deny?”

The Student 

For many of us, we have reached many benchmarks in life. Milestones, goals, and much more. Yes we all have had our share of valley experiences, lows, and times when we felt there was no point of return… 

But God…

It is amazing that during the peaks and valleys of life, we can manage to always be one thing… a student. We can also realize that no matter what points we do reach in life, there’s still another lesson to learn, another challenge to overcome… another leg of this journey we must embark…

With God leading and us striving to live a Christ like life… let us simply continue… Continue to move forward… continue to gain discernment… continue to love one another, as Christ loves each of us…

Love of Christ

You know… It’s easy to write others off. Sometimes we may not understand all the quirks of others, but in everything… remember we all are Brothers and Sisters in Christ…

Before we allow our anger to get the best of us… let us ask God to remind us of His Unconditional Love. After all, I’m sure there are a whole host of things we all do that God is not pleased with, yet He loves us, because we belong to Him.

On today, celebrate that… On today, tell somebody that you care, that you love them with the Love of Christ… you never know what could be going on. Who knows… your kind words may set somebody free…

And that’s your upload from the download… Be blessed folks!!!