One – Holding God to the Highest

Wow. Once again, it’s been quite a while since I’ve really taken to the blog to write.

It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that during this long period of no writing, we all have collectively seen a lot of things transpire in the course of our everyday lives. And, whether you like it or not, there’s no escaping them. We in the United States are living in one of the most politically charged…um, eventful times in recent history.

And that’s not wholly a bad thing, in my opinion. I myself am seeing a lot of good come out of these trials, even though—just like many of you—I grow weary, tired, and often times frustrated by it all. It’s a trying time for many people, and I would remind my fellow Americans that it’s not just Americans going through a less-than-stellar time. But we’re seeing progress; slow—sometimes really slow—steps towards good. I’m seeing people grow more aware of things, whether it be spiritual or societal. I’m seeing people come to Christ for the first time—which is even more of a testament to how powerful God is especially during all of this craziness.

Still, I see a lot of others struggling, especially with faith-related issues in light of recent events. And that’s why I felt called to write this.

Look, I love this country. I’m thankful to be here, and I’ve written that and expressed that on this blog. But the United States does have its’ faults, just as any other country in the world. And one thing that has been brought to light, at least in my eyes, is the unfortunate propensity for many of my fellow countrymen to say the following:

“This country is the most important thing!”

“How dare you disrespect America! You don’t deserve [insert thing or living here]! Go to hell!”

“America first!”

And most recently, something to this effect:

“You’re disrespecting our flag and our country by doing that!! Know your place and show respect!”

It’s disheartening to me, seeing things like this. It’s as if people refuse to listen, refuse to humble themselves, and immediately become offended personally. They get really fired up, and not because someone attacked them or attacked God, but because someone simply voiced an opinion over society during a song with a flag. Isn’t that a bit absurd? Especially if you label yourself a believer in Christ?

I’ll be frank. One verse, one extremely simple verse, comes to mind when I see all this uproar:

“You shall serve no other gods before me.” –Exodus 20:3 (NIV)

It’s no surprise that many of us love this country. It’s a great place to live! And I’m not telling you to not be appreciative of the United States, or love the country. God’s put you and me here for a reason, and that is a blessing!

But we must not forget that we are held to higher standards as men and women of Christ to conduct ourselves in a way that involves listening and loving first, and most importantly, putting God and Jesus Christ’s ways above everything.

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” –Matthew 6:33 (NIV)

Even prior to that, to lay down context, He is encouraging us to not worry about worldly things and materialistic goods. He even throws down the famous, “You cannot serve to masters” verse! He tells us not, “God first, then the flag, then America, then my job,” but rather, “God only. That’s it. Don’t worry about the rest, I got you.”

God and His ways—all a part of gaining wisdom from the Bible, which is how we truly get to know Him—are the priority. Not a priority.

I’ll leave you all with two verses that spur me to try to be a better man in Christ every day, and I keep them close to my heart dealing with every situation and every person that comes along my own path:

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.” -1 Corinthians 13:4 (NIV)

“We love because he first loved us.” -1 John 4:19 (NIV)

Written by: Michael “Bboy Roach1” Roach

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Moments – Every Moment Has Meaning

Time.

It’s not a singular thing that we can definitively grasp and say, “Yeah, I totally understand that.” Really, the only reason why we have a moderate understanding of it is because of two simple things: the sun rising and setting every day, and clocks, which were our own invention.

And often times, within the confines of our own crazy lives, we try to put time in a box. Strange isn’t it? It’s akin to trying to catch air—you just don’t!

“This exact moment five years ago was the worst,” “I bet if this happened at this time instead, I would be better off,” or even, “Let’s just skip ahead to this,” are all phrases we’ve either heard or said at some point. It’s natural for us. We want to feel like we “get it”—like we’re in control. We sometimes even go one step further and try to make up imaginary moments to make us feel a certain way—assuming things, hypothesizing events, or trying to predict our futures. We want to master the most confusing elements of time and assign some sense to them.

Let me tell you something, though: time has no master, except God.

And God would like to tell you, that every moment has a distinct meaning, unique to only you.

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“Not Never, Later” – Staying Firm While Being Humble

As I wrote in my last post, life has admittedly come at me tough.

I’ve had my ups and downs, and to be completely transparent, still to this day wrestle with my inner demons. Am I confident today? Will I make it to my goals? Are my goals still my goals? Am I staying true to God’s path for me? Is it okay to give up? Am I a failure?

All perfectly normal questions that we might ask ourselves in times of duress. Let’s face it, when your back is to the wall, you have either two options: fight, or flight, and in either of those options your mind still wants to hypothesize; it still wants to try to guess the end result. There’s something that is worth embracing in these moments though, and it’s often tough to think about when haymakers are being thrown at your face every second:

“Not never, later.”

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Plans – Wrestling with What Is and What Isn’t

“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.” – Jeremiah 29:11

No, I’m not dead. I’m very much still here, actually.

I’m still dancing, and that’s not going too bad for me.

I’m still studying health science in my spare time for fun, still exercising and dieting, and still dating the same wonderful woman I have been for what will be coming up to two years now. If I count all those things, I should be feeling blessed. I should be feeling like I’m more than content, but happy, and not needing of assistance from people.

But in all reality, I’m actually struggling.

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A Sincere Thank You to 100 Followers!

Wow.

Now I know, in the vast blogging world, 100 followers isn’t really that much. But all along, through the ups and downs of writing and figuring out this whole “publishing your own content on the Interwebz” thing, I would always set little goals for myself. Little things like, get at least two comments on a post; get 5 likes; test shorter form writing vs. long form, stuff like that. And as I continued to prod along–even as life like it is right now is kind of crazy–I would always dismiss the amount of people who actually read my work and *GASP* liked it.

I said to myself, “If I every make it to 100 followers, that is a clear sign that I need to continue writing. If somehow 100 people even remotely like my writing, then…God should keep me accountable in moving forward with writing.”

And now, here we all are together, at 100.

So from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for sticking around and reading. Old readers and new alike, your even paying attention to my writing means the world to me.

As I fight my own fights outside of writing (aka my life, haha), and go through spurts of little to no content production, my Bboy career’s peaks and valleys, and of course, employment and whatnot, it warms my heart knowing this here has, by God’s grace, actually become something worth being proud of.

So thank you, to every one of you, for giving me hope. For encouraging me, even ever so silently, to continue pursuing what God has called me to pursue.

Let’s get to 500, shall we? Why not.

Written by: Michael “Bboy Roach1” Roach

How Happy – Poetry

How happy am I
Walking through a barren, dry land
Even when the dust kicks into my eyes
And not a drop of refreshment in sight

How happy am I
Feeling the call of the wind to go, move
Howling in my ears and so obnoxiously loud
And my legs are cut from under me

How happy am I
Wading through an ocean filled
The waves unrelenting, cresting high
And nothing remains to cling on and ride

How happy am I
Staring at a thousand men, armed
Their eyes, daggers and bodies primed
And all I have is myself and a shield

Still how happy am I
As I fall asleep and awaken from slumber
The sun feeding me energy and breath in my body
And still! There is a promise He has given me.

Written by: Michael “Bboy Roach1” Roach