Walking by faith is a commitment that you have to make before you make your first step in the direction of faith.
What am I saying?
Well, when you step out on faith, there’s no turning back.
You can’t take a step in faith and then take a step in doubt and expect good results.
He stepped out of the boat toward Jesus.
That was an act of faith.
He then walked on water.
That was walking by faith.
But, soon after, he began to sink.
Because he hadn’t made the pre-step commitment to continue to walk by faith, he quickly took his eyes off The Source, and his faith More >
A couple of days ago, in a moment of meditation and reflection, God said to me: “Many people say they will give Me ALL the glory. But, in actuality, they reserve a spot in their heart for their own worship.”
I immediately knew He was not only referring to other people. But, myself as well.
How many times have you said that you were ready to give God ALL the glory (credit, praise, accolades, etc.) for whatever great things happen in your life (success, accomplishments, acknowledgment, etc.)?
Did you mean it?
Did you really think about what that meant?
From a logical standpoint, if More >
All week I’ve been sharing lessons that I’ve learned from my dad, Michael Ford Sr.
Right now, I simply want to say “Happy Father’s Day, Dad!”
As you can see from my previous few posts, you have been a great influence in my life. Whether you realized it or not, I have learned so many things from you.
The man I am today (including my charm and good looks) is due to the man you’ve always been.
You’ve always been consistent.
You’ve always been helpful.
You’ve always been committed.
And most of all….
You’ve always been there.
Happy Father’s Day, Dad!
I love you.
Be More >
Here it is.
The moment of truth.
My dad moves in, ready to make contact for the very first time. His victim is often times caught off guard.
As their hands meet, I can tell the guy wants to squirm, but he stands strong. He doesn’t wilt under the pressure from the firm handshake or direct eye-contact. He passes the test. He survives a Mr. Ford handshake.
Over the years, all of my friends have experienced a first time handshake from my dad. And, it’s a handshake that they don’t soon forget.
My dad believes that a real man should grip your hand with some pressure and hold it for a More >
My dad has never met a stranger.
He sparks up conversations with people while pumping gas.
He has a friendly word with the FeDex guy.
He says “hi” to everyone he passes by on the street.
And, he’s been doing that since I was a little boy. So, although I knew better than to get in the car with anyone I didn’t know, I never feared simply being nice to people; whether I knew them or not.
The fact that he said “hi” to everyone caused me to look at all people as being equal. Even as a young child, I never saw a difference between Blacks and Whites or Mexicans and Asians. We’re all More >
Anyone who knows my dad knows that he has a very…let’s just say…unusual sense of humor.
But, one thing is certain, he never takes himself too seriously.
He never minds when someone cracks a joke on him. As a matter of fact, he cracks jokes on himself.
It’s a great thing to laugh at yourself.
People who laugh at themselves understand the need to keep a level-headed view of one’s self. If you can laugh at yourself, you can take your accomplishments and your failures in stride. You avoid getting too high or too low.
The way I see it, if you can’t laugh at yourself, you think much too More >
Here’s a lesson I learned from my dad, but I haven’t always taken to heart:
My dad has always been a hard worker. He started working for GM as an eighteen-year-old fresh off the street. He told me in those days, GM had people standing out at the gate asking young men as they walked by, “Do you want a job?”
And, if you said, “yes,” you were hired that day.
Well, he’s sixty-two now, and he’s been working there ever since.
Not only that, but he’s
probably only taken three sick days since he started! never taken a single sick day!
My dad could literally write the book on More >
In honor of Father’s Day coming up this weekend, I wanted to share a few of the things I’ve learned from my dad over the years. I know he’s going to read these posts because he reads my blog every day. So, Dad, I love you and I thank you for your consistency, commitment, and constant influence you have been in my life for the last thirty-two years.
When I was a child, there wasn’t even one day that I wondered if you would come back home. Or, if you would provide for us as children. You were always there. And, even now, you’re still always there when I need you. I know you don’t More >
Nehemiah 8:10 informs us that the “joy of the Lord is our strength.”
Of course, your adversary knows this as well. And, he will attempt to attack your mind and cause you to forget the strength that you possess.
But, you’ve been equipped for every test, every battle, every lying tongue, every temptation, every tragedy, and every unfortunate circumstance, simply because you have the joy of the Lord living inside of you.
In John 15:11, Jesus said, “These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.”
It’s the Lord’s desire that we More >
Happy Saturday morning!
I’m thirty-two now (almost thirty-three), so I’m starting to pay a lot more attention to my health. I don’t think I’ll ever be one of the guys who never eats fried chicken or Hungry Howie’s pizza, but I am trying to be more intentional about my health.
I’ve always been pretty active, so I’ve maintained the same weight for several years now. I got checked out last year and although my BMI (Body Mass Index) was considered high, the doctor said I have a heart like a horse. They had me running on the treadmill for thirty minutes at a pretty torrid pace but More >