Faith- Lukewarm Spirituality

I am 100% convicted of the title of todays faith based lesson. I have been a spiritual person since I was just a young boy but have had times in my life when I was lukewarm at best. In fact, I have been less than lukewarm at times in my journey with God. The bible refers to this as non being mindful or watchful of God’s work in your life. Life throws all kinds of curve balls at us and the Devil loves to step in and get between us and the Lord. Lukewarm spirit can be compared to lukewarm work habits, relationships and family matters.

If we are lukewarm we will face things that we are not prepared for and those things will take us down. We have to constantly be in prayer and seek guidance from God to make sure that we stay Red hot for God and not go lukewarm. You do not have to church every week to be red hot on fire for God. We choose our relationships with family, spouses, co-workers and God. We build habits within ourselves that determine how we do in these areas of our lives. Laziness creates lukewarm behaviors and lukewarm results.

God wants us to be more than lukewarm for him. He seeks us daily and consistently watches over us and wants us to reach back to him. We must not just seek him in bad times but at all times. God is never lukewarm and we should not be either. If we are lukewarm in a marriage then it will suffer. If we are lukewarm at a sporting event or when playing then out performance will suffer. If we are lukewarm at work then out performance will suffer.

I had to look at myself and think about my Luke warmness in life at times. I had to look at myself in all aspects to make sure I stayed on fire for God and that he can continue to influence me and lead me to what he wants me to be. Avoid be lukewarm by doing the following things in your life daily. This will keep you on fire in your relationships, career, outside activities and most importantly with God himself.

1- Pray everyday without fail. Failure to pray is failing to seek God in your life.

2- Check yourself to see where you stand in all aspects of your work life, family life and spiritual life.

3- Change what is broken. Get rid of old habits by creating good ones that are productive and never be lukewarm in anything you have passion about.

4- Work hard at all aspects of life and go for red hot in everything that is important to you.

5- Pray, Pray and Pray some more and watch God become red hot in your life.

2nd Corinthians 13:5; Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!

Americana- July 4th Fireworks, Family and Friends

My family has been celebrating the fourth of July for many years at a pool party with friends, family and lots of fireworks. My dad loved fireworks and would always drive down to South Carolina or have someone bring some back from the beach to shoot off at the party. He would sit on the diving board at the local pool we were members of and watch us boys (me and my brothers) fire off the fireworks. He took pride in his family, friends and that pool party. The highlight at the end of the night growing up was to see those booming fireworks going off.

Once dad got a bit older and could not set them off himself as I stated we would set them off and he and mom would sit and watch and celebrate. I can see him smiling now as the beautiful colors sparkle and bang in the air. My dad passed away on 2009 and we have continued to make sure this family tradition continues. My nephews have now become the firework setter off leaders. One of them is a fireman so he is the perfect person for the job. If he sets something on fire he can grab a hose and put it out.

I was helping them this time and we were spending some time talking and I looked both of them in the eye and told them that myself and their dads were getting a little older and will not always be here. I asked them to take it and run with it every July 4th. Family, Friends, Fireworks and food are a staple of my families July 4th and I cherish every memory made all of these years. I have been hit by random fireworks, ran from them, nearly got my fingers blown off and all kinds of trouble due to setting them off.

We celebrate a day that signifies life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in the greatest country in the world. I am thankful for all of my family, friends and the fireworks and hope you had a great July 4th celebrating our independence. Americana is apple pie, holidays, baseball, fire works, summers at the lake, toys, traveling and so many other things. Enjoy and make your own Americana memories and tell your story. I hope you enjoyed the story of my dad, mom, our family and how important fire works is to us and our family bond.

Family: My Beautiful Daughters Wedding

May be an image of Brooke Martin, standing and flower

The picture above is my beautiful baby girl that got married last night to a fine young man. She was glowing all night long and the wedding, venue, food, cake, cupcakes, dancing, family, friends and setting was special. My wife worked so hard to put it all together and after many months or planning, venue changes, and covid restrictions we finally pulled it off. When I was standing near the doors waiting to see Brooke for the first time I felt so nervous. I was thinking back to when I saw her born, when she graduated from Kindergarten, played her first tee ball game, went to middle school, grew up graduated from high school and college and now wham, I am standing there waiting to see her reveal the dress.

Nerves were popping, my feet couldn’t stay still and sweat beads were rolling down my forehead as I tried to settle myself for the big moment. We are very traditional family value wise so for months I had known her dress was in a closet in the house, but had fought the temptation to take a peak, just one little peak. It all paid off as she came through those barn doors and it hit me hard. There stood my beautiful soon to be 25 year old staring at me waiting for my approval. Just like she had done so many other times growing up looking at me with a smile waiting to see my reaction. Well, the tears flowing from my eyes answered that question as I was taken back by her beauty and the moment. She looked like my little angel I had tucked into bed so many times and watched grow up.

Brooke married a fine young man and he is a father in laws dream. I previously wrote about the check list I have always had for men dating my daughters and he fits the bill. But the biggest thing he does is love my daughter unconditionally. The way he looked at her when I stepped up the final step in that awesome barn told the story of a new union between two people that will be unbreakable. What more could a dad ask for than to see his daughter marry the man of her dreams.

Then came the hard part, the dad speech and I cracked so many times water could have poured from me everywhere if had been a jug. I had this awesome speech wrote to prepare for the night. That moment when I had the chance to Thank everyone, tell stories about my little girl and the plan went the other way. I was emotionally overcome with feelings of gladness and thankfulness. I put my phone down which had the speech written on it and decided it was better to come from the heart, tears and all. I choked my way through the brief speech and the fun began. We danced, laughed, partied and made the most of the opportunity until we had to shut things down and clean up.

My wife and I got home and in the bed about 2:00am or so and were wore slap out. Brooke and Jonathan went on the honeymoon and arrived at the motel around 4:00am. She called this morning to say hi and check on us and to tell us she loves us. We told her we were tired but good and to have the best time and enjoy. Dads love your daughters and cherish that time because they grow up fast. Teach them good values and allow them to learn life, make mistakes and great decisions because they will need them as an adult. Brooke made a great decision bringing Jonathan into the family. We gained alot of new family and friends last night through the merger of two families, now one.

I am proud of those two and excited for their future together as they have now made the commitment. Two became one last night and with hard work, patience, understanding, perseverance and lots of love they will have a fruitful and prosperous life with God and family backing them up the entire time. My advice was to read 1st Corinthians when times get tough. Read 1st Corinthians when times are great and live a blessed life with God in the forefront and the rest will take care if itself.

Love you Monkey butt and Boo Boo!

Coach B!