Why Do People Suffer?

The Katana sword is considered one of the most rigid swords in the world. It was the ultimate weapon against the enemies at the hand of a skilled samurai. Indestructible, powerful. But to get there there is an unimaginable amount of “suffering”.

The Katana is not just a piece of metal. The Katana has 65,000 (sixty five thousand) layers. What is a layer you may ask?

To build a Katana, in the old days, it would take as many as 30 craftsmen over a full year to build one single sword. They would collect the purest materials, iron sand, carbon and charcoal then they melt those to get the first block of steel. It takes continuous forgin at very high temperatures for 72 hrs for the first block!

Then they begin folding. They fold the sword to create two layers to extract impurities and to give more strength to the metal. This steel block is put in extremely high heat and hammered thousands of times, then cooled briskly and heated, hammered and cooled again and again and again.

They fold the sword 16 times to get 65,536 layers! And then they shape, polish, sharpen and decorate to finally be a weapon against the enemy.

Why all this? Because iron in its raw form is brittle. It breaks easily, very easily. Even Steel if not purified is not strong. To become the strongest metal on earth it needs this purification and forging process.

But bcn you imagine if the iron had consciousness? Can you imagine the suffering and pain it would be going through? Put into a 1000 degree furnace, then beat up relentlessly, then cooled down violently, then heated again and pounded again and again and again. Can you imagine the iron agony while going through this process? He would be saying: “Why Lord? Why all this suffering? Why do you allow me to go through this endless suffering?

But if the iron saw how powerful it is becoming it would certainly endure the suffering with joy. If the iron understood that it was being molded to become the ultimate weapons again the enemy it would all make sense.

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18

And we know that people that went through hell on earth but kept a positive outlook and never lost sight of their goals made big. Every self made millionaire has a story of suffering. Virtually every single one of them. And all agree that that suffering made them into the person they are today.

But what if you are like me, I don’t like suffering. I’m weak. I really don’t like to suffer. 

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hopeRomans 5:3-4

Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin.” 1 Peter 4:1

We don’t have to grow only by physical suffering we also grow by helping and loving those who are suffering. By emphasising with their problems and lending them a hand you will also grow and become a powerful weapon against the enemy.

God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them”. Hebrews 6:10

So think ahead, don’t focus on the pain, the doubt the suffering.  Think how strong you are becoming and how powerful, indestructible you will become. If God has you under distress is to strengthen you. If God has put you in a painful situation is because he sees your potential. He trusts you will become his most powerful weapon against the enemy.

You Are Under Attack

A manager was leading a group of employees through a dense forest. They all had their roles. Scouts, water guards and the chainsaw leads chopping down the path for others to proceed. Everyone was happy, they all had a purpose, they all were working in harmony.

The manager decided to climb a tree to see what lays ahead. When he reached the top he was shocked! He screamed down, STOP! STOP! We are in the wrong forest!

After a while the ground team responded: “Shut up! We are making progress.”

God has a purpose for you and the enemy’s task is to divert you from this purpose in any way he can. If he can destroy you through addictions, vices, drugs, disease, it will. If it can shame you, doubt you, worry you and most certainly anger you, it will. And perhaps the most deadly form is through success. Yes, success. It can make you be busy like a bee making money but ask yourself is this success helping me bring people together? Is this success the path God planned for you?

I was very successful working in the IT industry as an international PMP Certified project manager. I would travel between the US and Europe to coordinate projects. I managed developers in India, UK and Australia and I was making 6 figures. I was successful, BUT I hated it. Something inside me was constantly telling me that this was not my purpose, certainly a part of my path but not my destination.

And I had to fight this like “hell”. Who am I to dislike this blessing? People are dying to have a job like this, and I have endless financial obligations. I have no right to dislike this job. But that pain, that doubt of “what if I did something different” would never leave me until the day I ended up losing my job. I panicked for a week then this peaceful thought entered my mind: “why don’t you explore the what if?” That was 2007 and God has been faithful ever since.

And through my new journey I became a LOT closer to Him, and I now understand that it is all about loving people. And this is how you can help others. When they look at you and they see you have confidence, joy and peace they will be drawn closer to you because ultimately this is what everyone looks for. Joy, love and peace.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

And the good thing is that God gives you all that freely. You just have to believe and ask.

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit”. Romans 15:13

But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.
8 They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit
.” Jeremiah 17:7-8

So understand that the enemy’s first line of attack is your thoughts, police your thinking and you will be way ahead in your game.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things”. Philippians 4:8

Does God Help?

Would you play in the NFL? Run the olympics 100 dash? Build the next Amazon? Solve world poverty?

What is your wildest achievement dream?

Mine? To create films that inspire people to love, achieve their wildest dreams and honor God.

Do you believe God helps people achieve their wildest dreams? A very cited Bible verse Matthew 7:7-8

7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

Give the impression that you just need to ask and you will get it. But that does not work, right? But if God is not lying, what is the hidden message? What is the secret?

If you are in a hurry the short answer is: God won’t give you anything that can detour you from His plan. His plan, not yours. 

And also remember we already spoke that God will fuel those who work for Him. So if you are not working towards God’s interest and it detours you from His plan, sorry it won’t happen. The good news is that God’s plan is not that complicated. He really only wants us to keep some basic things in mind and love each other and Love Him. That’s it. Really!

So how you choose to do this DOES NOT MATTER. If you want to be a filmmaker, go for it. An NFL player, great! A successful business owner? Fantastic! And God will fuel your path to more you fulfil his plan, which again is simple.

BUT HERE COMES THE HARD PART

In baseball who God helps, the pitcher or the batter? Which NFL team God helps? ( I just know He does not seem to like the Cowboys, he he). Who will God give favor to? When you ask, who do you ask? God alone? God knows what you want. How do you seek? And where do you knock?

I’ve been fortunate to film and/or interview countless successful people and the story is very similar if not identical, no matter what field they became successful at. They all tell me: Success is continuous hard work. Not victores, not brilliant inventions, just continuous hard work. And I have countless stories to tell. If you are interested, just ask me. Will be glad to tell some to you. But for the sake of this short blog Matthew 7:7-8 only works if you continually do it. Ask, seek, knock. Figure out what went wrong and Ask, seek, nock. Figure out what went wrong and Ask, seek, nock. This is called the never ending cycle of improvement or PDCA. But note this cycle HAS NO END. It is an infinite cycle that you need to master in anything you want to do. But the more proficient you become, the bigger the blessings God will pour on your path.

Going back to sports. If you don’t ask to play (be present), no one will let you. If you don’t seek to improve (learn constantly) you won’t go anywhere and if you don’t put the effort in, knock (work hard), nothing will happen. There you have it, the secret. 

Now what will you accomplish?

Do You Give Your Kids EVERYTHING They Ask For?

Pretty much every psychology book tells you that this is wrong. By giving your children everything they ask you will be spoiling them and they won’t value effort. Why work when everything is given to me? Now granted this is not the absolute rule, there are many spoiled kids out there that are doing great. But the reality is gloomy. Money magazine headlines “70% of Rich Families Lose Their Wealth by the Second Generation”  So the vast majority of kids that don’t “have to work” simply don’t until they are broke. It’s sad isn’t it? 

When you don’t instil the desire to be successful in your kids rarely they build that on their own. And being poor, while the reverse of the coin here where they don’t get anything, has an equal devastating effect. A study by the National Center for Children in Poverty at Columbia University, found that children who grew up poor were vastly more likely to experience poverty as adults. But this one is a bit more clear why. Poor families don’t value education and they find themselves in a rat race where they have to work in anything to survive. But in order to thrive you need to spend time educating yourself. Learning other skills, making connections and poor families either don’t value this or are simply under the gun. They “can’t” make room for improvements.

STOP! “ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” John 15:7

Isn’t God telling us He is going to give us anything we want? Does not God, the most powerful being, care about his children? And this is where most people become angry and shy away from God. “It is in the Bible!!! I’ve asked for things and God did not honor his word. It’s all a lie!”

STOP again. Let’s read the whole verse: “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” John 15:7

There is a big catch right there. You need to remain trusting, and His words need to be the truth in your heart. I said before God is not a Genie that will grant you 3 wishes. God is a FATHER that wants to EDUCATE you. By giving everything you want most likely it won’t make you better. God wants you to LEARN how to get what you want.

If you give a man a fish you feed him for the day. If you Teach a man how to fish you will feed him for a lifetime.

The same way you want your kids to grow and be independent, so does the Father. And it is right there in the bible again:

But remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth” Deuteronomy 8:18

The ABILITY to produce wealth. ABILITY, not the wealth itself. God wants you to learn how to become successful and THAT is what you need to pray for. For God to give you wisdom, skills, clarity to see ways to become successful. And He will, oh He will.

But that is exactly how the enemy holds people down. With doubt, with lack of self respect, with lack of clarity, lack of good and profitable ideas and lack of effort, by not remaining in Him and His words in you.
Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.” Zig Ziglar

So don’t ask the Father for stuff, ask the Father for good ideas, clarity and energy to design and implement Goals that can truly bring lasting wealth.

Do you think teachers should be allowed to beat up kids in school?

I completely disagree, but now that I have your attention how would you feel if anyone beat up your child? Even if they had the right to, it still hurts. You don’t want to see your child suffering, do you?

As parents we give the shirt off our back to get our kids “better” however this can be. Yes, I know. Giving them everything and not reprimanding bad behavior is worse than beating up. But when we love someone we want all the best for them, especially our children.

Now let me ask you the opposite: “How would you feel if I loved your children as much as you do?” 

Everytime someone praises my kids it is as if they were showering ME with special gifts. When someone loves you something or someone as much as you do you it makes you feel even more love, right? There is an interesting quote that says:  When you say – “I Like You” – you are saying “you are like me”.

Is that not true? And when you love something or someone your brother or sister in christ loves you are  showing  “compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony” Colossians 3:12-14

And loving their children is perhaps the highest form of love. I have an interesting story from Mr. Ziglar which by the way you can watch it on Zig You Were Born To Win Documentary.

Shon kokoszka has two boys that were about 4 and 6 years old when he took them to see Mr. Ziglar. It was a Keller Williams convention where thousands of people attended. After the convention there was a VIP dinner, and Mr. Ziglar was sitting on a table with the top leaders of Keller Williams. Shon decided to come and say hi and he brought his two sons. “It’s going to be cool if Mr. Ziglar said hi to my boys”, so he thought.

Shon approached the table with his two sons one on each hand, an politely ask Mr. Ziglar for a word. Mr. Ziglar turned back to see who was calling, Shon said hi and introduced his two sons. He was looking forward to one or two kind words from Mr. Ziglar. After all, he did not want to impose on this very important dinner night. But what happened next marked those two boys for the rest of their lives.

Mr. Ziglar turned his chair back where he could be eye level with the two boys. He then began inspecting the boys. He looked behind his ears, lifted their arms, turned around and looked at their backs. Then Mr. Ziglar said this: “I knew it. I just wanted to be sure. I can spot a winner a mile away and you boys are winners!”

That made such an impact on those boys that years and years later they still think and behave as winners. And Shon? He said it was probably one of the greatest gifts he ever received. Kind words towards his children.

Now what do you think God feels when we love his children?
See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God;” 1 John 3:1

I have one last story about how God loves his children. God asked me to make a movie about the injustices of our prison system. How 80% of inmates are there on a drug charge and many solely because they don’t have money to afford a lawyer. Now, I have no connection to the prison world except my good friend Jason Cole (who opened my eyes to this). So I asked God why He wanted me to make this film? And He asked me “How would you feel if your daughter were sent to prison?” Where I said “guilty or not I would be devastated. I would be anxious everyday for their safety and mental health”. And God answered me: “That is how I feel about my children”.

Take 5 minutes and look at the trailer for the first movie about this project 

And if you want to help, please get in touch with me.

It is easy to love a little kid, but God wants us to love ALL his children. And sometimes we think to love means to hug, kiss and give gifts. But I learned from a homeless person while helping Susie Y. Jennings  from Operation care that for a homeless love can be as little as “seeing them”. I met a homeless man and he told me: “I don’t expect people to come help me, but it hurts when people pretend I don’t exist. If you make eye contact and give me a nod, that makes my day.”

If you give people a sign “I see you” it’s perhaps a great beginning for hopefully a loving and understanding relationship. What will you do to begin loving all God’s children?

Can You Love Those Who Hate You?

But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you”. Matthew 5:44

This is probably one of the hardest things to understand from the Bible. Love people who hate you. How can this be!? Who in it’s sane mind would love those who spitefully use and persecute you?

I struggle with this. This is not something that comes naturally for me, and I’m sure not for you either. But this is what God showed me. Let me tell you a story, I’ve been married for 22 years and as you can imagine it has not been all smooth sailing. People say,  ”wow! 22 years you must love eachother very much!”. Well, not always. There have been times where our relationship was really shaken. There have been times the pressure was so intense that moving out looked like the only option. I’m not going to bother you with the details but let’s just say my wife is a difficult person for ME  to handle. For those who know DISC I’m an S. I like people, I like harmony and peace. My wife is a Dc … in other terms she is a drill sergeant, and she doesn’t believe sugar coating things such as the sandwich theory (Praise, praise, point improvements and close with a praise). But I also know that if God had not paired me up with her I would not be where I am today. If it were not for my wife, I would not have developed this sense of consistent pursuit of excellence. So while hard, indeed a God sent.

At any rate, things were difficult for me and I was struggling badly. Feeling distant, feeling hurt even having feelings of hate. I cried to God “Lord how can this be? Why are you doing this to me? Please help me, fix this situation!” I kid you not, instantly (I really mean instantly) I began to feel love for my wife. A love I don’t remember ever feeling. Deeply connected and reverent. Out of the blues!! Now, remember I was hurt and feeling hateful and just like magic I completely turned around … me, not her.

Then it dawned on me.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love Never Fails” 1 Corinthians 13:4ish to 8

 “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”  22. 1 Peter 4:8

Love changes people, even when they don’t know you love them. It is that powerful. It is like turning on a light switch in a dark room. There is nothing darkness can do to stop light simply because darkness is the absence of light as hate is the absence of love.

But here is the deal, the minute the light is gone it’s dark again. 

So the only way for us to “fix” this situation is to prayerfully love our enemies, love the haters, love those who are in darkness, love protesters and those who are against the rules. Love sinners as you are one too. Love Never Fails. I even did a short movie about this verse. You can watch it here

Now the best thing about this is that Love fixes others but also helps YOU. Love is truly a win-win-win. Why 3 wins? Them, You and Pleases God.

But don’t forget, the minute that light switch is turned off it becomes dark again. So love constantly, love abundantly, love indiscriminately , love all. Because after all, Love Never Fails.

Who do you work for?

If you read my blog your first answer would be for God. But what does it mean to work for God?

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men” Colossians 3:23

The Bible is filled with similar verses, but what does it mean exactly? Give your first fruits to church? Sacrifice your life for God? Give your all? Impress God?

Do you think that Jeff Bezos impresses God? Today, June 14, 2020 his net worth is $152.9 billion dollars. It is sure impressive … for earthly measures. Do you think that God cares about how many stocks Jeff owns? And if you did not know rich people don’t have money, they have investments. So, you think Jeff’s fortune and achievements impress God, the creator of the universe?

How about Zig Ziglar? Few knew that Mr. Ziglar’s true Goal was not to inspire and motivate, but to save souls for the Kingdom. How about Rev. Billy Graham?

You: “So you are saying that God is only impressed with those who evangelize?”

No, but when you think about working FOR God, you need to think what is important TO God. 

You: “But I sacrifice and give my all in everything that I do”

About sacrifices, on 1 Samuel 15:22 it says “To obey is better than sacrifice”  and to give your all, Jeff Bezos gave his all, but is it enough to impress God?

So what is important to God?  “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. ‘The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31

God does not care about how much money you have, God cares how many friends you have (although having both is awesome);

God does not care how hard you work, God cares how passionate you are and God does not care about you flashing stuff around. He cares about an intimate (private and personal) relationship.
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you” Matthew 6:6

I hope this will make you reflect over working for God, it certainly did it for me. Sometimes I have an idea about what to write but halfway God sends me an insight and bam! I get shocked about what I’m writing. This one was certainly an eye opener for me. And I say this to reinforce that this message is from God.

The story I wanted to write about is as follows:

One sculptor was commissioned to carve statues for a church in Italy during the renaissance. The sculptures were to be placed along the walls of a church. After a long time the bishop began to grow impatient because the artist was not done. He confronted the artist”

Bishop: “You lazy scum. Why have you not finished my statues?”

Artist: “I’m still working on them; here I have completed most of them.”

The bishop inspected the work and it was absolutely divine. The artist was giving special attention to all detail, front and back. And then the Bishop got shocked and asked.

Bishop: “Why in the world are you spending time to carve the back of the statues!? Did I not tell you those are going to be placed against the wall!? No one will ever see the back of the statues!!

Artist: “I thought those were meant for the house of God.”

Bishop: “Yes they are, you know that”

Artist: “Then those are not to please the guests, but the owner. No guest will ever see the back of the statues, but God will. And I work to please Him.”

In the beginning was the Word

You remember when someone lashed out harsh words towards you and how that made you feel. Words can make you sad, impatient, angry. But words can also cheer, calm and make you feel love. Just words.

In the Bible there are countless passages that talk about the power of words. There are countless studies about it, yet somehow we forget.

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.5. Proverbs 18:21

I believe the most amazing science experiment about the power of words is the work of Mararu Emoto. Mr. Emoto found out that we can see how water crystallizes differently depending on how you speak to it.

Since then many people did similar experiments, mostly with the same results. 

And I’ve seen some debunking the experiment, basically because they didn’t believe in the first place. Think about that.

Professional Athletes use positive  affirmations to overcome doubt and win. Don’t believe it? Check the official USA Volleyball page
https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Volleyball/Features/2018/October/04/Positive-Self-Talk

In my documentary Zig You Were Born To Win (available FREE on Amazon Prime) I interviewed 3 self made millionaires that all had a similar story of how words affected them. Michael Ray Newman suffers from dyslexia but many years ago this was an unknown condition. He tells us that his first grade teacher told him he “was dumb as a box of rocks”. And from that day on, this is what he believed. Rudy Ruettiger told me his teacher told him he was not smart and that broke his dreams. Dave Ramsey talks specifically about the power of words. How we can build and destroy through words.
 

It took Michael and Rudy many DECADES to overcome that “curse” and only when they began to use positive words towards their future their life transformed. 

Thomas Blackwell has a very interesting book about the subject The Liberty Of Our Language Revealed I highly recommend you reading it.

For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, “Be removed and be cast into the sea,” and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Mark 11:23 NKJV

What have you been saying to your mountains? If you speak of defeat, defeated will you be. But if you speak of victory, victorious will you be. And yes, you need to speak to your mountains. There is something in the power of word.

For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm. Psalm 33:9

I talked about the power of prayer already on this blog. And I urge you to pray with thanksgiving. Give thanks for the things you want to have or achieve. Talk to God in the past tense. Thank Him for having given you what you want. Believe, be persistent and you will achieve with glory. Don’t let the weeds of doubt pest your vision. Speak the good, the pure and the perfect, and give thanks. Always.

I challenge you to do the water experiment. Speak words of love (and feel it) to a container with water, speak words of hate (and feel it) to another container. Freeze them and inspect how the ice forms. Please share your results here.

What Would you do To Save a Loved One From a Fire?

Would you just sit from a distance and tell yourself, “Nothing I can do”. Of course not! If one or both of my daughters (God forbid) were caught in a fire I would not stop until they were safe, even if I had to lay my life to save them.

That is how much I love them. I would be persistent in getting them to a safe place. I would give my last breath to save them.

Persistency is the real secret sauce. God gave me this word to write this week. Sometimes He gives me a whole story but this week he gave me just one word. And I struggled on finding a meaning to write about until I was driving back home. I was in New Mexico for a shoot. After a few days of long hours (always is), I was driving back home with 10 hrs of driving ahead of me. I was tired and the highway looked like an infinite stretch of asphalt and concrete.

Then it hit me. If I don’t persist I will never make it back home. 

Now think about this, what if you did not know where home is and you were tired. I would easily have stopped somewhere and maybe even lost my way home. But because I was persistent, I made it back home. Now granted, I knew my way home and I knew the prize I had back home. Loving family, my dog, good bed, etc. So, because I knew what was waiting for me, I pressed on. I was persistent on driving even when super tired. And this is EXACTLY why people fail, they lose sight of their reward. What is near and easy becomes more attractive instead of a bigger win later down the road. 

What are you being persistent in your life? How about your marriage? Your business? Your Goals?

Mr. Ziglar used to say: “The secret for success is to be Persistently Consistent”

I’ve filmed countless business Gurus and pretty much all of them sum it up that success is the compounding effort of “little wins”. That is, no one is an overnight success. They worked decades to get there. Nothing in life is easy, not even creating a Tik Tok video. Takes effort, time and skill. Well, at least a good one.

And why do you think God made things complicated?

God is not in the Entertainment Business, God is in the Educational business.

The more you embrace the “complicated”, the more you enjoy “failure” the more successful you will become. 

Don’t lose sight of your ultimate reward, heaven. Don’t be fooled by doubt.  Be persistent even when you are tired, discouraged and doubtful. Press on. The devil will do everything in his power to detour you from your destinatination, but if you persist he flees from you.

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9

Now here is the real question: What would you do to save a loved one from the fires of Hell?

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Do you Run and Pray with Your Eyes Closed?

By all means I AM NOT advocating you to do this. If you try you will fall face flat on the ground, break your teeth and die! So you have been warned. 

But seriously, I was running my regular 5k and this thought came to mind: “What If I prayed while running?” and then I thought: “What if I close my eyes and let God guide me?” That would be a big trust in God’s power, no?

So I tried and could not close my eyes for more than two steps. I was afraid! But wait, that means I don’t trust God? I trust God, so I must let him guide me … could not do it. Fear just overtook my soul. “I’m going to fall, I’m going to run into the street and get hit by a car … a coyote will eat me … the IT clown will suck me into a drain. 

And then I got sad. “Wow, I don’t think I trust God that much then.” I know this is radical and I’m not advocating for people to begin jumping out of bridges to prove they have faith. God historically don’t help stupid people. (Luke 4:12)

But is it not what we do with our life? We run 100 miles per hr and we want God to magically fix everything, but we don’t really trust Him to do it. We want to make sure we have money first, we want to make sure we have food, we want to be sure … we don’t want to trust.

I remember as if it were yesterday. I was 5 years old and my dad was helping me learn how to ride a bicycle. There were no training wheels 50 some years ago, so dad would hold the bike seat and walk / run behind me while I wobbled my way forward. 

He would say “you can do it son, trust me”. But I was afraid, I was certain if he let go I would fall to my certain death. And then I began pedaling faster and faster. I was flying forward! “Wow dad runs fast and long, how is he able to run for that long?” I looked back and he was not there. I was riding by myself. I immediately stopped the bike. “Wow, dad is not helping, I’m going to fall … wait a minute, I did not fall. And now I have to go back and he is a mile far away.” So I turned around, mustered some courage and began riding back to him.  I was afraid but I imagined he was running behind me, helping me. And from that day forward, every time I was afraid of something I imagined my dad behind me and I would go through.

We have a bigger DAD in heaven and He is ALWAYS behind us.

We just have to trust and believe in His ways. Psalm 62:8

Trust in him at all times, oh people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.” Psalm 56:3

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” Joshua 1:9

Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

By The Way when I was running and trying to pray, I stopped and I figured out I can pray and walk with my eyes closed if I walk very slowly. So if you are struggling with Trust in God, slow down. Try small things at first, baby steps and slowly walk your speed up so you don’t lose sight of who really matters.