The Erryday: Honesty

As I try to seek God in all aspects of my life, sometimes I find myself being stagnant.

Did He really call me to do that? Am I doing the right things? Should I continue on this path?

These are all questions that come to mind and to be honest, with so much uncertainty I find myself living with anxiety. But fortunately, I have wonderful friends and family who can speak life into me, and one of the friends who I love so dearly mentioned to me that anxious is not how God made us.

It really got me thinking, “Why I am so anxious then?” After a lot of reflection and praying, it was because while I was feeling certain ways about aspects of my life, I hadn’t truly presented those things to God. I hadn’t invited Him into all of my life.

If I’ve learned anything about the Lord, He is a gentleman. He will stand at the door of your life and knock until you let Him in, and that’s in all aspects of your life. It’s not just about the one decision to be saved. It’s a decision that every believer has to make everyday.

So no matter how big of a problem you’re facing or how small, know that to a God who created the whole universe, everything is quite small. And to a God who has overcome the world, nothing is too mighty. So present everything, your triumphs, your disappointments, and especially your anxieties to Him, and in Him, you will find peace.

Until next time, get up, get moving and be salt & light!

The Erryday: Tests

Two weeks ago, I created a video about trials and in that video, I reviewed James 1:2-4.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

This week it’s all about tests. At first glance, I thought these were the same thing or at least synonymous. While they are synonymous, the difference is, trials can come from anything, friends, family, co-workers, the devil, etc., and are a way for you to refine your faith, leaving you purer than before and closer to the image of God. But tests, in my mind, are solely given to you by God. To me, it’s God’s way of checking to make sure that what He instilled in you during the trials is built to last. It’s His way of checking to see that what we’re learning in our quiet time, what we think we’ve mastered, what we boast in Him about when all things are well, still stand true to us even when everything seems to be falling apart.

To be honest, I’ve never met anyone who loves a good test or trial, but when you’re sitting in the midst of one like I am, you have to remember that God is still good and that without tests, there is no true movement towards sanctification.

Maybe for you, your test is in understanding God is your sole provider. It’s really easy to say that when you have a full-time job, benefits, a steady check, and life is good. But what happens when you’re laid off and your severance is running out? It’s a test. Will, you still say God is a provider, your sole provider, or will you doubt Him?

Or maybe it’s your health or the health of a loved one. It easy to say that God is a healer when no one is ill. But when your medial bills are racking up and you still can’t find out what’s wrong with you, things can get kind of scary. It’s a test.

Now, this by no means is meant to make light of tests or the tests you might be experiencing in your life. The goal of this blog post and video is to help you put things into perspective. Despite the tests, God is still SO good and we still don’t deserve Him, yet he chooses us daily. “I should be in Hell”, is my favorite phrase to use on days when I am particularly peeved with the Lord, because who am I really to be upset with Him?

But with that said, even through the tests, remember who He is, who you are in Him, and that He has already overcome the world, so there is no need to worry. Whether you’re on the mountaintop, or in the valley, understand that God has you in the palm of His hand, always.

Until next time, get up, get moving, and be salt and light!

The Erryday: Grace

Grace. Often, I find it so hard to wrap my head around this word.

By (Christian) definition, grace is “the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.”

To put it plainly, grace is not earned. It is the gift freely given by God… period.

Again, like I said, I find it hard to wrap my brain around this.

So you mean to tell me that there is nothing I did to earn this? That there is nothing, I can do to earn this? That the way I live my life will not help me “gain greater grace”?

If you’re puzzled too or are just realizing the magnitude of what grace is, then I’m right there with you. Often, in my walk with God, I have to revisit the idea of grace through faith, not by works.

I don’t know what it is, but it’s like every once in a while, I forget that I didn’t earn God’s grace or favor. He gave it to me (and you) because He loves me, and that’s it.

As someone, who is a type A personality and likes to control many things, my salvation, righteousness, and ultimately His grace are all things that are truly out of my hands because my Heavenly Father did it for me.

There are no works I can do to gain greater grace. There is no law I can follow either. The grace we experience from God is indeed a gift that we do not deserve, and as I remind myself of that, each time, I realize just how great and how gracious, the God I serve is.

Until next time, get up, get moving, and be salt and light!

The Erryday: Trials

Trials are hard. I’m sure that’s something we can all agree on, but God never said there wouldn’t be trials. What we do know is “For those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28 – ESV). This means that all things will work together to further our sanctification, making us more like Christ our creator.

While that might not be the thing you wanted to hear, especially if you’re currently walking through a trial or in a season of tribulation, I hope you do find comfort in its truth. God is with you through it all.

God is in the trials.

God is in the mundane.

God is in the erryday.

Until next time, get up, get moving and be salt and light!

The Erryday Video Series… yes, it’s spelled​ that way on purpose.

As I sit on the floor if my bedroom pondering about what content to send your way this week, I’m stumped. This is pretty bad news since I’m only a week into being back from a seven-month hiatus.

So with that said, I will simply share what’s been on my heart recently. I’ve been walking with the Lord since I was 9-years-old and walking with purpose (i.e., not being lukewarm about my faith) since March 2018. I can’t lie to you, my life since March 2018 has been the best it’s ever been. There have been trials, there have been tough days, but when you know, the Lord and the Lord knows you, even on your worst days there is so much to smile about.

I have truly been getting into my word, been so invested in my wonderful church and church family, and even attended a few Christian conferences, which has been pretty cool. One of the things I like doing is watching sermons online, Christian poets, and things like that. It’s a great way to keep me going and focused on the thing that truly matters, even when I’m doing tasks I could care less about, and that’s where The Erryday comes into play.

Often times, I see wonderful Christain people around me doing amazing things. They’re speaking at conferences, crossing every ocean on missions to create disciples, they’re church planting, they’re attending conferences, the list goes on. While I have done some of those things, much of my life isn’t that. Much of my life is simply the day-to-day.

I remember about a year ago, I came across a video from a Christian YouTube personality I admire, and he spoke about how, often, we think we’re going through the trials in life so that God can raise us up to more exciting things. We think that the Bible was only a book of miracles, we go to church, and we hear about those miracles, we get on social media and see people doing great things, and then we go home and think, “Wow, my life isn’t that great and exciting.”

But what we fail to realize is that’s because life has never been that exciting, not consistently. Much of the Bible is made up of people just living their lives, their normal, average, mundane, unexciting lives. Miracles are in there, but they weren’t an everyday thing.

We know that people’s lives on social media aren’t as amazing as they make them out to be, it’s just highlights. But through it all, whether it be reading the Bible, checking social media, or whatever I think, “Man, I have to be doing great things. God wants me to always be doing extraordinary things. God is with those doing big things.”

But one thing I’ve been learning is, that’s not true. God is with people doing great things, extraordinary things, and big things, but He’s also with you as you do the mundane things, the ordinary things, and the small things. God is always with you, everyday or should I say erryday.

I say erryday because sometimes that’s how I feel about the day-to-day. So exhausted with it that I can barely get the word out, definitely not every letter. It get’s boring, it’s not always exciting. Actually most of the time it’s really not. But because God is part of erryday, I can find peace, joy, and contentment in it because I know He is there, that’s where He wants me to be, and that’s where I can serve people well.

With all that said, I’ve started a mini-series. I don’t even want to call it a series because I’m not sure if I’ll create enough videos for it to even be called that, but with that aside, it’s a “mini-series” called The Erryday.

In this series, I film erryday, mundane tasks as I talk about a topic and discuss how I find God in it erryday. It’ll make more sense when you see it. The videos aren’t over 1:30 so they’re really short, and I use them as little reminders to myself that God is in the erryday. Also, much of what I talk about are things that I’m currently going through.

I hope you find this series helpful, especially if you’re like me and sometimes forget that God is in EVERYTHING you do, not just the big things. I’ll put a video up every Monday, starting next Monday, until the series is over… I don’t know when that will be.

Also, these videos are no Martin Scorsese or Quentin Tarantino films, they are low budget passion projects, truly. But again, I hope you find value in them.

Also, if along the way you have any suggestions for mundane tasks that I can film or topics that I can talk about, put it in the comments below.

As always, thank you guys for your support. Until next time, get up, get moving, and be salt and light!