I know that I don’t write as often as I should, but I do try to write when I’m prompted to. This morning after prayer time is one of those times. Isn’t it funny how some things you ask God you get an almost immediate response, but the things you believe to be of utmost importance can take like forever before anything happens? I know I needed to do something about this current situation, but I just wasn’t sure what to do this time around. I have been “waiting on the Lord” for a miracle, I guess.
What I am referring to is this next men’s event that I am speaking at. I’m referring to this whole “ministry thing” in general. God has orchestrated some amazing things since Carrie and I moved here to Dallas, Texas in November. Yet, I still question Him. Yet, I still worry sometimes. I have had to come to a very hard and not quite understanding fact. The fact that God is still not opening doors for an income for me. That door closed for me in Myrtle Beach in 6/2014 as this would be the last “corporate” position I would be allowed to work. In 10/2014, after applying to several positions I got a job at a grocery store as a fuel attendant where I wrote much of my book “The ABC’s of MAN ON PURPOSE – 26 steps to become the man you are intended to be”.
As I mentioned, Carrie and I have been here in Dallas since 11/2015 and I have applied to every job possible. I have received more “Thank you for your interest in the position of……… with our company, but we regrettably inform you that we have chosen another candidate”; blah, blah, blah! If I sent out 50 resumes and/or applications 30 cam back as denials and the rest never even responded. Now, I have had to come to grips with the fact that God is using this for a reason; whether it’s to test and stretch my faith with MAN ON PURPOSE, or for other reasons. I am having to rely completely on Him for the things needed to prepare for the MAN ON PURPOSE events. You see, in my little mind I thought even if I worked a part time gig to earn some money, I could pay for the things needed. I tried that too. Nothing! I’ve had to go through the whole “man pride” thing as well. I mean, I have been working as long as I can remember. I’ve had 3 jobs at a time before, work has always come easy to me because that is how I was raised; to work hard, to work harder than anyone else.
I’m constantly reminded of Isaiah 55:8, 9
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
One area that I’m not so good at is asking for help. I’ve gotten better through the years, but I’m not very good at this “fundraising thing”, I would rather work and pay for this stuff myself; or sell something. Oh, I don’t have anything else to sell because it all got sold already.
Ok, I laid it out there, Lord! I will persevere in doing the things You will have me do, no matter what! Thank you, Jesus!
Look, all I’m asking is that you take a look at the campaign a little closer and see where or if God would have you help. MAN ON PURPOSE is a ministry that is on going. I am speaking on June 25, 2016 at a men’s discipleship meeting, and for me to be able to do these things for the various men’s homes it takes funding. The books that I give away to help these men in homes do cost something. Of course, I can buy the books wholesale for like $6.00, so any monies donated is helpful in getting books. We are currently doing a campaign called: BUY A BOOK GIVE A BOOK where an individual can purchase 1 book for $15.00 or purchase 2 books for $20.00, 1 for themselves and 1 to be put aside for a man in one of the men’s homes. The other option is to just donate funds on the GoFundMe page.
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