Morning Coffee 1/24/12

“Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.” Galatians 6:1

Everyone has a weakness regardless to if they want to acknowledge it or not. There is something in our lives that will cause us to fall or create a situation that places us in a bad position that is frowned on by others. The hard part is the aftermath of your situation, often time’s people make it difficult to shake your past and it sometimes becomes a public crucifixion.

This morning on Face book, one of my friends posted that he was having a hard time with the Joe Paterno story. He asked if the good that people do can be outweighed by the bad or do you overlook the bad if the person has done so much good for others. Despite the negative that is associated with the Paterno story, about him turning a blind eye to the molestation of the young children, the history of all the lives he changed for the good can’t be erased. Of course this becomes a little different when you look at it from the perspective of what if that was your child.

Look at this from a real perspective; before you became who you are now, how many situations did you turn your head on? How many times have you seen something and your thought was that it wasn’t your business and you didn’t need to get in it? I am not saying that what was suggested that Mr. Paterno did was wrong or right, what I am looking at is when does one allow for restoration to take place? How does one justify hanging a situation over a person’s head until, especially when the Bible says “Judge not that ye be not judged?”

The text here is simply saying that if someone falls into sin, we should forgivingly restore them. All of us are critical towards others at times, save the criticism because you may find yourself in a situation needing forgiveness yourself, possibly before the end of the day. We serve God better by reaching out to that person, talking with them and sharing not only our own testimony, also the love of Christ through His word. Allow the word of God to convict them to straighten up because in the end we can’t judge anyone because we are no better. We don’t have a Heaven or a hell to put anyone in and God doesn’t need us to do His job for Him. We are called to lead people to the cross, not nail them to it.

I am the founder of a non-Greek organization and currently I have suspended all activities on the undergraduate level so that we can clean up our house. I have been slandered and vilified to no end because they don’t see the big picture. It is no fun being in this position but if I have to be the sacrificial lamb for the greater good, then so be it. In this situation restoration is expected however, it will take all parties for it to happen.

When you are the headline your perspective changes because all eyes are on you. Just remember that when you place a spotlight on someone else, the spotlight moves. Let us work harder on restoration after someone falls.

God Bless,

Jesse R. Watson Jr
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Morning Coffee 1/23/12

“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” Psalm 90:12

I often find myself sharing with others how life is short and death is certain. So in essence we all have to make sure that we make the most of our days. As I reflect back on my life there have been many life-changing experiences that have occurred, that now cause me to look at life differently. Life is more valuable to me because I have a family and responsibilities. Getting older and wiser causes you to look at things differently as well. Within the last week I celebrated a new life coming with someone who is literally like my daughter. At the same time, there is a young man whom I encounter a few years ago through camp that lost his 2 month old daughter. So here in the text when it says to apply our hearts unto wisdom, it means for us to look at life and make sense out of our life’s experiences. Once we make sense out of those experiences, it should cause us to create more value for our lives. My prayer is that God enables us to make a true estimate
of life and help us to make our hearts wise to what we have.

Everyday is a blessing and with that blessing comes a journey. No one will have the exact same journey but hopefully our destinations are exactly the same. Do everything that you can to enjoy life to the fullest, however at the same time make sure that you make a positive, godly impact on others as well. Our lives should be a testimony to His great work, power, and vision. Celebrating another year of life today is truly awesome and seeing where God has me now versus where I used to be; I have to say thank you Lord for another year. January 23, will be a day that will constantly remind me of your unconditional love shown to allow me to have life. I will do my best to make this year more of an impact for Christ than the years past. I just pray that to this point I have made Him proud.

Sit and search within yourselves to see if you have been truly making the most of this life or just going with the flow. God has great things in store for you and me; however we truly have to value His purpose in our lives and embrace what he places before us. We are going through some of the names of God at church, Lord you truly are El Shaddai, God Almighty, and God mighty to nourish, supply and satisfy.

God Bless,
Jesse R. Watson Jr.

Morning Coffee 1/3/12

“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;” Titus 2:11-12
About a month ago I saw a gentleman throwing something over the side of the freeway and it appeared very suspicious to me. I was on my way to a high school football game and I didn’t want to be late so I decided to just call the police. I have a friend who works for the Sugar Land Police Department, but instead of calling him first I called the Fort Bend County Constables. They directed me to the local police and I told them what I saw and asked them to check it out. I was concerned because I didn’t know if it were just trash or a body because I caught him at the end of the act but I did see something black.
On Christmas Eve, I saw my friend at church and explained to him that I started to call him about this situation. He told me that he received a call about that situation and I told him “yeah that was me who called.” Well come to find out, the guy was being investigated for child pornography and he had dumped his computer over the freeway. The next part of the story really got to me, my friend said that after the guy dumped the computer he drove down to where the computer landed and shot himself.
I didn’t know this guy personally so I can’t say that his conscious got to him so bad he felt like he had to do something drastic kind of like Judas. However, what I can saw is that there was nothing Godly about what he was doing and that lifestyle led to his demise.
The text says that the grace of God brings salvation to all men. So God’s grace has come forward for the deliverance from sin and empowerment for eternal salvation for all mankind. I once read that grace in the heart prevents us from abusing grace in the head- it delivers us from taking grace for granted or pimping grace. Grace does not do away with ungodliness and worldly lust, but it causes us to deny them. That power given to us through grace by God allows us to live Godly lives in right standing with God. It allows us to live consciously for God and not under the influence of the world.
It was the love of God in me that had me so concerned about the incident to call the police. I didn’t know if someone was hurt or not. If the police were able to get to the scene sooner and if the man was willing a life could have been saved that day too, but he had decided his own fate already. Living under the influence of the world will cause you to behave in an ungodly manner. There are many people who profess to be saved but they give no evidence of it in their lives. We should live everyday consciously knowing that one day we will have to go before the judgment seat of Christ and give an account for every action and every word. The book of Titus is gives ethical instructions on how to unfold the grace of God as the motivating power for Christian living. “For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace” Romans 6:14. Allow God’s grace to consume you and it will empower you to deny sin.
God Bless, Jesse Watson Jr.