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As I walked through the garage this morning, heading out to put meat on the smoker, for a friends wedding tomorrow, I glanced over and noticed this ole helmet sitting in my bike.
Funny how the LORD directed my eyes towards it.
It’s been my only helmet since my first Harley, and this sticker has been on it, from new.
Just like me it’s worn, faded, scuffed up & ruffed up. It’s been dropped, bounced around, left in the box, when it SHOULD have been used. It’s been wet, hot, and forgotten. It’s been loaned out, and it’s been returned.
I’ve made deals with GOD, and broken promises. I’ve cried tears that the hot ole summer sun, and 90 mph winds wouldn’t dry up.
I’ve almost died with that thing on, and a time or two, never felt so alive.
Spread my best friends ashes for a family, at 120mph in the middle of nowhere, looked ahead, and swore I’d never look back, and I went and did it again.
So many roads in life yet untraveled, and some I don’t care if I ever go down again.
Living to die, or dying while trying to live, to be honest I really don’t know.
So many things I’ll just never understand this side of heaven and I’ve sure got a lot of questions about stuff, stuff I’ll just never understand.
But as I was reminded at 5:00am this morning, by a old weathered sticker, on a makeshift helmet............JESUS really is the reason I go, and HE is the reason I do what I do.
Sometimes our answers are right in front of our eyes, all along.
People pleaser, or GOD's plan fulfiller you are. No other way to put it.
Happy Full Throttle Friday 😎
I always get a kick out of how we clean out, give away, and donate our "stuff" to the thrift store, shelters, churches or whatever else. We always feel so good about helping out someone else, who may be in need.
But fact is we only "give" what we no longer want. It’s a sad, but a humbling truth.
Don't give away what no longer fits you, and fact is probably never will again.
Now it goes completely against what the world will tell you, but give away the best you have. How about giving our nicest clothes, furniture and possessions ?
Isn’t it amazing how we don’t have just one nice thing, we have hundreds. Now I’m not talking about big, fancy expensive things, although that does apply to some, I’m just talking about basic simple nice, personal things we wouldn’t put a price on.
Kinda like I heard a preacher say once about a Bible ..........A man shouldn’t be allowed to have two, until at least everyone on earth had one.
Give it away man, and be a blessing to those around you, and be blessed.
Just so ya know, everything ain’t about dollars.
2 Corinthians 9: 6-8
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
Just something to think about today. And just so you know, my own personal convictions, I am preaching to myself too!
Happy Full Throttle Wednesday 😎😎
I shared this with someone I used to know, a while back. I was trying to explain how precious the moment was, how we miss the good stuff, and how drastically things could quickly change. So take to heart.......It’s REAL.
Heading home from Piedmont last night, I stopped for my daily food intake. I had went to visit a friend who turned drastically, deathly ill, in the blink of an eye honestly. While sitting in this drive through, my mind sorta went back a few years ago.
I will absolutely never ever forget a few years back the conversations I had, with a friend concerning life. Talked about living, we talked about dying.
Man we talked about pretty much everything in between too.
She had lost a buncha weight, ended up at Dairy Queen to “celebrate” with family, now she was obviously being funny, but truth is, while everyone else had the good stuff, she had a glass of water.
Very short time later.......massive heart attack, died instantly. Just like that, her life here on earth was over with. I’ll never forget that, and I can’t see a DQ sign, and not think about her, or the lessons I learned that day, as I stood and preached that funeral.
As I sit this morning, wiping the sleep out of my eyes, contemplating life, and all the what if’s of it........So much I want to do, to fill up that empty cup. Still gotta itch I wanna scratch, few empty places in that bucket. But the list is getting shorter, I’ll say that. Sometimes we all are guilty of looking to far down the road, when we truly just need to focus on “the now”.
Sometimes we overthink things, instead of just rolling with it. Some of my best rides in life on this ole Harley was when I just took off. No plan, no agenda, no direction, I just went.
Goes against everything this world tells us as far as planning ahead, planning for all the “what if’s”.
Listen man...........plan, and focus all you want, but when it’s time for you to leave Mother Earth, that’s it, it’s all over here. Plan for eternity, get that relationship with CHRIST right first, that’s the important stuff.
Listen, I’m a little chubby, but I’m gonna eat the ice cream, and I’m gonna enjoy it. And like me, love me, or whatever you want, but physically fit people get dead too, and don’t fool yourself in saying they live longer, car wrecks kill many.
This ain’t our home, it’s all temporary, ain’t none of us getting outta here alive. Seek the LORD and his direction for you, honor HIM, and enjoy the life GOD's given you, for in the blink of an eye it can, and it will be gone.
So maybe today pause for a moment, and rethink a few things. Think about the direction you are heading, and those around you. Learning from the past is ok, just don’t get hung up there.
Don’t miss a opportunity to love, and be loved. Life is a precious thing, and those moments ya just can’t explain ? They sometimes don’t come around twice.......just saying.
So do with it what you will, but for me ? I ain’t gonna eat the whole cake, but I’m gonna have a blame slice, bank on that mr.
Happy Full Throttle Tuesday
Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.
Clock got broke and all.
I still to this day say timing is everything, but that doesn’t always apply. For me to say it’s just not in GOD's time, well it kinda implies that I have a clue what HE thinks, and what HE’s doing, and man I don’t.
We tend to try and take, and make this path of life our own, and somehow interweave the LORD into it, and then say look what GOD did, or didn’t do.
That’s not really how it works at all. From early childhood we are taught to learn learn learn, and plan plan plan, and very little wisdom of trusting in the LORD is poured into a child these days, or even a adult for that matter.
So whatever path of life you are on, I don’t know, that’s between you and GOD, and so is the timing of HIS plans. I can’t figure it all out and ain’t trying to. Just don’t make the mistake of thinking GOD is saying wait kid, when HE’s really saying STOP KID !!!!
Often I think wait means I’m on the right path, but I just need to slow down a little. When in turn, HE’s really trying to tell me I’m not even close to being anyway near the right road at all. Still yet I’ll continue to travel it thinking it’ll all work out.
Prayer & discernment is your guidance in this messed up world, and without one, you’ll never understand the other.
Proverbs 12:28 says that there is life in the path of righteousness, but another path leads to death.
And unless you seek the LORD and HIS direction in the very situation you are in, absolutely none of this will ever make any sense at all.
Oh yeah, don’t forget to tell someone you love them a little bit, ya may not get another opportunity.
Brand new day/Brand new opportunity we have.
Happy Full Throttle Sunday 😎
As a Monday morning begins.
Lots happening, business of life, dragging from the weekend, or maybe just nothing...........sitting looking at the wall.
We all fall under some of that. Unless you’re just arriving in life, then this will apply to you.
Past, present, and a future. We’ve ALL got that.
Some of our past are a little bumpier than others, been, done, and seen stuff we wish GOD would take away. Learn from it, that’s where you’re testimony is born. Use all of everything that’s ever went down back there. Use it to glorify GOD.
Like it or not it’s your story.
Some of our current situations, well they just flat out stink, man I get it. People come, people go. They seem to use and abuse the heart. Makes zero sense. We end up carrying around lots of burdens, brokenness, bruises and scars. We want, seek, and continuing searching for things that we feel will complete us. Honestly I’m learning as I go man. This “present” moment in time, well it’s a gift in itself, don’t miss it.
This is where we get it all jacked up. We get the past all mixed up with the future, and we miss it all. We look back to often, thinking this or that will happen again. We don’t trust, we won’t Love, we look for it, in all the wrong places. Feeling as though if we can only make it to that place over there, it’ll all be ok.
We look towards retirement someday, planning, investing, like we’ll actually make it over there one day. When in all actuality we haven’t a clue as to what our future holds.
So.............Not that I am any kinda expert on any thing whatsoever, cause I ain’t. But here’s my take on it, and what the lord has laid upon my heart.
As I have learned just recently, things often come to a end for reasons we just can’t explain.
It doesn’t mean any one single person is right or wrong, it’s just the way it is. And sometimes things end rather hard. Kinda like a good run down a nice smooth Drag strip, put the chutes out, get stopped, run is over.
Or good run, no chutes, sand trap, Safety net, and the fillings get knocked outta ur teeth, car tore in a million pieces, everything destroyed. Almost get dead and stuff, but ya didn’t.
In both cases it stopped lol. At my current situation, I’m in the second of those two.
Learning from the past, dealing with the present, looking towards the future. Question marks about it all, yes sir/yes mam. Tears, joy, all mixed up into one, YES.
Trusting GOD, seeking HIS guidance, direction, peace and comfort, absolutely I am. Every time I go into the garage, my Harley is moved. Strangest thing ever. It’s always turned, pointing west for some reason.
And this picture ?
If you notice there is a sailboat sitting in a absolutely completely calm body of water. Sail boats don’t sail without a breeze. Telling me that it is a pretty certain deal, that the situation will change, and that winds gonna blow again.
Be patient and hang on, for these seasons are your life, enjoy them all.
Happy Full Throttle Monday 😎
My new normal. It’s long & it’s REAL.
A new Bible given to me by a friend. I love a new Bible, stiff pages, won’t stay open, no marks, no notes. Lots of space for me to write my own, and when the time comes I’ll give it away, just as I did with my last. Every sermon I’d ever preached was out of that Bible.
To say my life has changed recently is a understatement lol. I guess yesterday was actually my day #1. So today’s my day #2, if I’ve got my math right.
Gotta friend who’s invited me to his church forever, but to many obligations, and I just couldn’t go. Well today I’m gonna visit. Maybe the lord has a word for me there, I don’t know.
Man I’ve questioned absolutely everything I’ve known these past 3 months. I’ve thought A LOT about living, and I’ve thought A LOT about dying. I’ve tried to hide, tried to run, tried to stay true to my calling, tried to keep encouraging folks, posting devotions, ministering and keeping my promises to do outreach events, that I had booked. Even when I couldn’t hardly find the strength, just being honest as I know to be.
I’ve struggled to hell and back with what I was absolutely without question certain GOD has placed in my path a few months ago, thought it was it, the future, the peace and the hope, but quickly learning, man I seriously have zero clue about anything as far as to what my future holds lol. Just being honest, for one day, my last post, will be my last.
So saying that, it’s definitely brought me to a whole new level of trusting GOD. I’ve learned if you have “to Chase after” anything or anyone, probably a very good chance, and there is a reason YOU are chasing. It’s cause they, or it, is running away lol.
I’ve thought about quitting, thought about stopping. Stopping all I’ve done, or was gonna do.
I’ve had churches, and people back out of promises made in faith, telling me I needed to take a serious long break from ministry “to heal”. Listen man, don’t tell a on fire Preacher man to take a break, and sit down, stupid bad advice. That’s opening a door of doubt, and allowing the devil to have a play day.
Had those who said “I love you” who’s actions clearly proved differently. Don’t shoot your soldiers while there bleeding man, and don’t leave someone to dry up the tears. The tears you’ve help inflict.
Listen man, you’ll never make someone be ready for what you are, and you’ll never make their heart accept whatever it is you’re trying to give them, regardless if it’s a family member, church family, or a single individual.
They’ll look back one day, and realize they missed it. Or you’ll look back and say........ thank you lord you didn’t let them love me, the way I loved them, when I once did.
Life has a way of shaping, molding, and forming a man into something beautiful, or something ugly. That right there is where YOU can, and will make a choice, and make no mistake about it, YOU will choose.
Desperately seeking guidance from the lord I am. NOT man, and his ulterior motivate ways I can tell you that. I’ve been ask, directed, pleaded with this year to shut this ministry down, or replace it with a church’s name, or go here, go there, and so much junk you just wouldn’t believe.
But amazingly and to my complete disbelief the number one question I haven’t been asked by ABSOLUTELY no one, is this.............Clayton, what is the lord telling you to do ?
See, the devil comes in many forms, and many ways, I’ve learned this well. Robert Jordan, thank you for your faithfulness, it’s helped shape me, and through it the LORD has, and is directing me into the path HE wants me to travel.
So.......for any calls, messages, appointments or anything else I haven’t taken care of, please accept my humble apology.
I’ve seriously been in a life or death battle. Everyone speaks of that empty cup you can’t pour out of, but when you take time to fill it, they get all jacked up and stuff.
I’ll never forget those who called, pushed, and hang by, and I’ll forever thank the lord for revealing to me those who were, and ain’t real, that’s priceless. I love you the same, cause that’s just who I am
But back to where this began, my first marks in a brand new, day #2 Bible, well it’s definitely a word for me, as to GOD's plans and direction for me.
For the love and faithfulness HE's extended to me, if I’ll continue to keep that in my heart, it’ll forever guide me to the very places HE has for me to go, day in, and day out.
So for you?
Follow GOD, NOT man. Never loose sight of the vision, and direction HE has placed in your heart. Don’t miss the help, and love HE sends your way, And please, please never miss a opportunity to love on someone, and be loved by someone.
Some things just don’t come around twice in life, YOU Know it & I know it
Forward I am moving, wide open I am, looking back I ain’t.
Thank you lord for the grace and forgiveness I certainly don’t deserve.
In love, Full Throttle Ministries 😎