By Jim Allen, Editor, NuVote Reach
Thanks all for the well wishes to me for our team at Alejo Media. For me, the real question is how does one go from, years ago, coming to the DC area as a broken, broke, homeless man, who had lost his family (now, largely intact), to becoming something else? I believe the answer is the power and grace of God to restore, and the determination to be so.
I want to encourage someone today to focus on celebrating your family and loved ones and do not internalize the emotional output of your detractors—pray for them as God prepares a table before you in their presence.
There will always be people and dark forces potentially lurking around the perimeter of your life—just keep it moving, resist.
I suggest trying to making amends where you may have hurt people and forgive those who have hurt you.
Consider silencing the negative talk in your own head and give some thought to the idea of transforming religion into relationship. I personally use the 23rd Psalm. Whenever something crazy starts to stir around in my head, I replace it with that (I memorized the passage).
King James Version (KJV)
23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
It works for me.
Someone is going through something today that may seem just too tough to handle. Do not believe it, because it’s not true. I take the letters in the word FEAR and transform them into a borrowed reminder that fear is: “F-alse E-vidence A-ppearing R-eal.”
Faith and fear cannot operate together.
Again, thanks to all of you who have offered up a sacrifice of emotional support and/or prayers for our business venture and our kingdom work at the House of Help/City of Hope.
Your thoughtful gestures are humbling, greatly appreciated and, I believe, will not return to you void.
I am not speaking as someone who has “arrived,” but as someone redeemed.