“A gossip betrays a confidence,
but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.” –Proverbs 11:13 (NIV)
Being completely real, it’s extremely easy to gossip. It takes very little effort to think of someone and find fault, and want to talk about it. It’s even easier to hear personal things from someone—meant for only your ears—and tell someone else. That’s the weird thing about being human—we inherently want to judge, and want to find ourselves an excuse to slander even our friends. Think back to when you whispered words to a friend about someone else. Was it fruitful? Did you feel that you gained anything from it, besides maybe inflating your pride? Did it accomplish anything?
The answer is more often than not a resounding no. And there’s a reason for that—God doesn’t deal in un-truths and falsehoods, either. He doesn’t turn his back, go to one of his angels or another brother or sister in Christ and say blatant lies about you. Why? Because He works in absolute love, and that means transparency and honesty. He comforts you with the knowledge that what He has said—and is saying to you—is always 100% real, 100% the truth, and 100% from a place of affection. What’s more, He knows your darkest secrets, your inner most thoughts, and keeps them locked up.
He has no need to spread your baggage to everyone and their mothers, because your baggage isn’t most important to Him. Your heart is.
Today, believe in trust through truth. Know that love is reciprocated from an honest and truthful place. Keep in mind that God knows you inside and out, but your heart is the most precious thing—not your dirty laundry.
Written by: Michael “BBoy Roach1” Roach
In just about every junior and senior high school across America, kids have the great opportunity to get into a musical program of some sort. Maybe you were a singer and had awesome vocals, so you jumped into choir to be the next “American Idol”. Or maybe you heard some sick beats or a beautiful movie soundtrack and wanted to be the musician yourself, so you joined the band. Hopefully if you’re still in school right now as your read this, you’re doing one of these programs yourself! If so, congratulations!
Whichever program you were (or are) in, you have to admit: music in our lives is a total given. You were raised with music, even if you don’t remember. Your mom sang you lullabies as a baby to drift you to sleep. You probably drummed and hit stuff as a young child to get attention, or naturally played with one of those adorable musical-xylophone toys. And if you’re like me, one of the first songs you learned is the national anthem in elementary school.
Music is a fantastic thing; forever woven into our lives even if we don’t care to admit it.
Turns out it also teaches us some important things about life, too.
So I’ve written a couple of times about soda, and it being a formidable enemy to the fitness/weight-loss habits of pretty much anyone, ever. And that still remains true—all of those studies I linked in those articles aren’t going away, and aren’t disappearing anytime in the near future.
The fact remains that soda is loaded with sugar, and can largely contribute to whether you’re tipping that scale the wrong direction or not.
But there is an alternative—one I feel like is forgotten and mostly overlooked, simply because it’s a bit different, unpopular and painfully obvious to start trying.
Carbonated (Sparkling) Water.
“Then King David said to all the assembly, ‘My son Solomon—God has chosen him alone—is young and inexperienced. The task is great because the temple will not be for man but for the Lord God.” -1 Chronicles 29:1
This day, take a moment to pause and get a grip. In this very moment in your life, you may be facing immense difficulty. You may be staring down seemingly insurmountable odds, and tasks that look too hard to overcome and conquer. But take heart, and be courageous!
God has chosen you for a specific task to fulfill! You are set apart to do some great things, big or small, all for kingdom purposes! Your deficiencies—whether in knowledge or skill—that you have in order to tackle such a task are okay; because only through your weaknesses is God, and your brothers and sisters, able to help you grow.
Remember that the task is great not because it is impossibly difficult…but because it’s for God and a grander purpose.
Written by: Michael “Bboy Roach1” Roach
As much as I love a good work out, going to a studio or gym to train, and constantly trying to maintain habits, I understand that life is difficult. Sometimes you are just so overwhelmed—scheduling, work, relationships, etc.—that you can’t maintain consistency all the time. It’s difficult trying to stay on the grind and in the zone all the time! That much is 100% certain, no matter how solid your habits and routine has become.
Everyone’s goals are different: you just want to shed some pounds; or you just want to fit into those specific jeans; or your body is worn and you need to ease up more.
At the end of the day, everyone’s goals are the same. You want to better your body and you want to look good.
“4Say to him, ‘Be careful, keep calm and don’t be afraid. Do not lose heart because of these two smoldering stubs of firewood—because of the fierce anger of Rezin and Aram and of the son of Remaliah.”-Isaiah 7:4 (NIV)
This morning as you start your day, feel free to take a deep, slow breath. When you see the smoke and the fire approaching in your life—or if you are in the fire—feel a sense of calm. Latch on to the knowledge that God has instilled in you: that you are His son or daughter, and that He is most definitely looking out for you! No matter what your situation is, or how suffocating the smoke from that fire may be to you, He is providing you air. He’s giving you room to breathe.
It could be men plotting against you, looking out for themselves and ill intentions. It could be concern for your family or close friends, and their situations that you feel responsible for. Maybe your job isn’t working out as smoothly as you’d hoped, or you’re jobless and searching for the next opportunity. Either way, stay calm—you have the Heavenly Father fighting and working in your corner. And not only is He working for your best interests; He loves you and knows your pains!
Do not be afraid. Do not let intimidation cripple you. Find your calmness in God this morning, and let Him live inside of you.
Written by: Michael “Bboy Roach1” Roach