I’ve seen many start out on fire, quickly die off, then those that roll along through life, seem to have a following, if you will.
Many love on, support, always have their backs. Then they’ll be those that seem to struggle so hard. Certain of the direction the lord has called them, and zero support they’ll seem to receive.
But regardless, they keep pushing forward.
Listen man, whether you are on a church roll, or Church payroll, have a friends list a mile long, or go completely unnoticed throughout life, GOD absolutely has a plan and a purpose for you, and HIS direction, and HIS plan will always be fulfilled, if you’ll just stay the course.
The whole friends list doesn’t mean much in the eyes of GOD. Social media is a outlet for Ministry, great way to reach folks. But the gas station parking lot is pretty good too, ask me how I know.
So here’s the deal...........
When the sun sets, lights go out, and it’s you, all alone, in a king size bed, looking at the ceiling, at that moment is when it truly hits home that the absolute only thing that really matters is your relationship with the LORD, and are you following HIS plan for your life, that’s it.
Doesn’t matter what church roll you’re on, or what church payroll, and it means zero to the lord who gets credit, if it ain’t HIM.
I’ve got a friend I used to know, who’s is in public service. She sees many different people each day, and some of the best ministry opportunities, and best ministry stories I’ve heard, and they never got published, put out there, and nobody knows.........but she keeps going, and keeps doing what the LORD has directed, set up, and ordained. Her job ? Yes sir/Yes mam.................
But what goes on behind closed doors, and unnoticed, well it is waaaaaay far above, and beyond her job, it’s GOD's work. And me being in ministry, I got to see what GOD was doing, and how he was working.
Sadly, I ALSO watched how the devil was always trying to distract, discourage, destroy, and to be straight up honest, I watched how the devil tried to get her to quit. See he knows GOD's plans, and what is happening, and will not let up on that “discouraging” part. Truthfully the harder you try, the harder it gets, ask me how I know. lol.
No support if you will, no limelight, and no ticker tape parade, just GOD smiling down upon, she kept going.
Some ministry goes noticed, some doesn’t. Some gets funded, most don’t.
Some believe in you, many won’t.
But if GOD has told you to roll this, or that direction, then you better get rolling Mr.
Just don’t get hung up on the thought, and lie from hell of “GOD won’t use me” cause I don’t have a buncha cheerleaders on the side line.
I don’t need 6 front row preachers, all screaming amen at me, for me to keep pushing, that ain’t me.
GOD will use you, GOD definitely has a plan for you, and it will be fulfilled, whether you have mans support or not.
Happy Full Throttle Saturday 😎
It was a great day, we had played two shows back to back, and man we were rocking.
Not really so, ALL lies.
But hey in the picture I’m really playing, right ? NO.
Although I did know which end of the stick to hold, that’s about as far as it went. My son now, completely different story.
I had helped him move equipment back to the college, and this happened. I found the picture last night. I was carrying on with a friend about being a drummer, which I definitely ain’t.
Sometimes pictures can be deceiving, and they don’t tell the whole truth. Much like a mirror, it doesn’t tell the heart.
Set it all up, snap the photo, and send it baby !
That seems to be how we roll through life these days, all about that image. Doesn’t seem to matter about the inside, as long as it looks good, we good........right ? Absolutely completely wrong !
1 JESUS, 1 reason. Ministry, direction, focus, are ALL changing for me.
Everything has a season, and as we grow, we seem to see things in a different light. And grateful I am for the ones who GOD has sent along my little path, to help guide my way. Even the minister needs ministering to on occasion.
So regardless of that outside appearance, or the way things may, or may not appear in my life, or anyone else’s walk.........GOD knows that heart, and what lies beneath the surface.
Hey, although it looks like I am a drummer, which I ain’t, I do without question know what GOD has told me, and instilled in my heart for Ministry, and HIS direction.
So a little beat up, battered, bruised and scarred I may be, but the ship ain’t sinking baby, just weathering the storm, same as you.
So a word from a bearded preacher man, who can still hang.............Slow down on the trying to figure it all out part, and listen to the LORD. For HE knows the heart, and will guide your every step, if you’ll only let HIM.
Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lord pondereth the hearts.
Happy Full Throttle Thursday 😎
I know I don’t much look like it, with my figure and all, but I do. I mean, I basically do it every single day, sometimes a couple times a day.
So..........I decided to put something on for supper, early this morning. I look at the cap, as I was about throw it away, and this........
What a true statement it is. I’ve even had some good conversations over bad food lol.
But look back over my life, and growing up, family dinners at my Granny Partin’s at Christmas, my own home growing up, and then my own family meals.
So much has changed over the years of my life, and recently more so.
People get old, people die, people just sometimes take different roads in life. The dinning room table isn’t as important in families as it once was, I suppose. Even by myself, I still sit there and me, myself and I will have good conversations.
Grateful I am that I can cook, love to cook, and love to share with folks.
I enjoy watching them eat, but more so watching the conversations that are going on in the midst with all the laughter, and smiles.
So through a simple lid, that I almost threw away, and never noticed the message sent to me, and maybe you to as a good reminder............Make a date, set a time, order, cook, or whatever you have to do, and enjoy the good conversation that’ll take place, if it’s a fight ? Get your butt up and leave, I ain’t got time for all that jazz anymore. Man I’m a cool 47 years old, I’m running outta time!
Enjoy the meal, and enjoy the best conversations ever, after all it’s your life man....Live it😎
Been here many times. More so lately than ever before. But see, I always go back in my mind and remember what GOD has done for me.
I think of all the things that I really just can’t explain. GOD's ways are for without question not ours, and some things we just may not ever understand this side of heaven. Absolutely everyone has “stuff” going on, they just don’t talk about, Lord knows I sure do. And some of that stuff, it’s just hard to even talk to GOD about.
HE already knows anyway, so you just as well spill it man. LOL.
I look at this made up picture, and cant help but think of the message in it. See, this dude, humbled, all alone, one on one, making some humble attempt to cry out to GOD. There ain’t 15 people all around him, it’s just him.
These past few months I’ve learned more about my prayer life, and getting alone with the Lord than I ever knew possible. Now saying that, it’s came with a heavy cost.
Some folks will never understand that, and will never grasp a hold of why a man would need space and time, to listen to that still small voice of the Lord. Doesn’t mean I don’t love, like, need your friendship, or want help, guidance or direction.
Doesn’t mean that at all, it means I am trying to figure out what the LORD wants me to do next, that simple. I’m to stupid to figure it out in my own.
I’ve always heard how in times of trouble, you find out who your friends are, true that is.
You also get to find out who’s close to the Lord, and who’s playing the game, it’s almost like a gender reveal ordeal. Those actions always tell the tale
So all I am saying is this...........Got some troubles, issues, heartbreak, and unanswered questions going down in your life ??????
You don’t need 3,000 Facebook options, and 15 lunch dates to “just talk about it”.
You need to get alone with the LORD and see what HE has to say, then comes the easiest part of all, you get to WAIT !
Happy Full Throttle Monday😎
Just like seasons, folks seem to come and go, just like the wind.
Some things I’ll just never understand. That’ll always be my biggest struggle I suppose, looking for those answers that just don’t seem exist. Everyone seems to have their reasons as to why, some get shared, some don’t.
Friendships, relationships, best friends, acquaintances, or whatever, after enough sand rolls through that hour glass, it seems they just disappear.
See........we talk about trust, faith, hope, and all this stuff, but we often overlook those circumstances that’ll require us to trust, dig deep, and search for that faith, that just doesn’t seem to be anywhere in sight.
And hope ? We just need a tiny sliver it seems, to keep us going.
A dangerous game to play, is trying to hold onto those who the lord is removing from your life. Man, If we could only see GOD's plans HE has for us. I just believe it’s far bigger than we could ever grasp.
So, what I’m getting at is this.........ever stop to think, what if those you love the most are only suppose to be there in your presence for another few minutes, hours, days, or weeks ?
If inturn that was the case, wouldn’t you hold a little tighter ?
Love a little harder ?
Maybe sit and shoot the breeze a little longer ?
Maybe that drive you took, drove a little slower ?
And the little bickering wouldn’t have mattered so much looking back huh ?
Man I don’t have the answers. At a few rare moments in my life I thought I did, oh how wrong I was, and apparently I am just oblivious to the way HE works.
But...........it sure keeps me in praying & trusting mode.
I am learning to appreciate more and more as I go. I really have no clue what, or who the lord will send into my life in the next seconds, or how long they will hang around, but I promise I’ll try my best to not miss a single moment of the precious life the Lord has given. So as you go this Friday, love on those you know.
It’s amazing the impact we have on people, and haven’t a single clue.
A simple text message, call, or a visit goes a long way. For someday soon they’ll disappear and like the seasons that will certainly change, they’ll be gone too.
To be a blessing most often cost you ZERO.
Happy Full Throttle Friday 😎
I’d never ever share such stuff as this, but this is the good stuff, and pretty sure their identity is protected, and I hope you’ll find some encouragement in this, same as I.
Lots going on in Full Throttle Ministries, and a new direction of sorts. I spoke with a friend last night, and only she knows the gravity of this. But this lines up to a T, with what’s going down. It’ll make sense later when I can share.
Listen man, I’m a nobody. Just a regular ole bearded preacher man, who’s tested about every limits of this ole Harley, and this ole body. Ride hard, and love the lord.
And I may or may not be able to cook, yet to be determined.
But someday I may, or may not share the bad messages, bad text, bad mail that I regularly receive. Talk about people being mean, man you have no clue.
Wanna talk about putting on the armor of GOD? I’m learning exactly what that means. To go out and about spreading the Big G Gospel is a sure way to make the devil really really mad I can tell you that.
See.........we often fail to discuss this spiritual warfare we are in.
If you ain’t being attacked from all directions, I’d check up is all I’m saying. I recently had a Preacher man, and I say that lightly lol, tell me a few weeks ago son you ain’t affected by any of that, if you are a child of GOD. I just sniggered and said uh huh, what the heck ever, conversation over mr. I’m good at putting a end to nonsense talk.
Listen, Christ himself was taken up in the Mt of temptations, why would we think we are above him ?
So as I battle the battle, and keep pushing until my push is gone, I cling to these things that the LORD impresses on a individuals heart, to encourage me to the absolute highest of levels.
No return address, no check, no name, no signature. But to me, Clayton Reeves, it’s worth more than money could ever possibly buy.
So to the mysterious person, YOU was #1 on my prayer list this morning. Jeremiah 29:13
Roll baby, Full Throttle 😎
Early this morning.
While looking for something that I just knew was there, and it wasn’t, I went to my bike, opened up my tour pack, and found these. Nearly $200 worth of gift certificates to some local restaurants.
I had done a benefit for a family, back in the earlier part of summer, and I bid on these, and obviously won.
Now one or two of them, I didn’t pay the value, and maybe another one I paid more. I don’t know, it was a benefit. Anyway, it’s been a few months, and lots of life happened.
Regardless, I had stuck them in my bike, kinda saving them, thought it’s be a good idea, when the time was right, and like a rebel, I’d just ride up in there and eat, like I stole it or something
I mean they’ve been there all along, and they don’t expire. I had access to free food, and they belong to me. Sadly, I just forget about them. So as I brought them in the house, to place somewhere I WONT FORGET, I snapped this picture as a joke, a laugh, to send to someone.
But the picture..............
Man as I looked at it, I see this old Fender Telecaster & the word of GOD. Honestly I should’ve sold the guitar long ago, and spared my kids the pain of listening to me.
But the Bible. It’s got the answers to all my junk. I do read it, I do study it.
But do I study it enough? Is it more important to me than a cruise, a vacation, my Harley, or a what the heck ever ?
Have I attempted to grasp ahold of it as much as I’ve bent the strings on this ole guitar?
I mean it’s been there all along. It’s my go to, if I’ll only go to it.
It’s my owners manual, and it’s got ALL the answers.
Some things are just hard to put into text, and sometimes the words just don’t come. But see, some things ARE just fact. It’s real life, and it’s got to be faced.
Just this past week, coming out of a divorce, yes you read that right, and I can’t really repeat it. It’s just hard to say. But the past few months have been hard as hell on everyone, not just me. Sometimes things just don’t work out, and for reasons we can’t explain. But final is final, and done is done.
Now go ahead and act like you got it all figured out, man you don’t, I’ll help you with that right now, right out of the box!!
It doesn’t make one person right, or one person wrong. WE ALL can point fingers at each other until we are blue in the face, and it ain’t gonna solve one single thing, you know it, and I know it.
Rumors fly in this quaint little town we live in, but GOD knows the truth, and so does she, and I.
All is well, but doors must be closed to move on, and heal. She’s a good person, and a fantastic momma, but the fork in the road came, and that’s that, and it’s also absolutely NONE of anyone’s business sucka
But saying all that, a mans mind goes to places it shouldn’t in times of heartbreak and distress. See fact is, even as a Preacher man, we struggle. Truth be known, way more than most.
But during the darkest moments, sadly the one thing we should ALL be clinging to gets forgotten about. Satan does his thing, and our mind heads off to never never land.
When all along, the answers were right there beside me, just like my already paid for gift certificates stowed away in my Harley, for that rainy day that didn’t come.
I’m terrible ashamed that I didn’t get alone with this word of GOD, instead of a life ender device in my darkest moments.
But fact of the matter, through this, thus far, GOD has opened my eyes to the REAL in me, and the real in so many people. I’ve had those closest to me tell me my ministry was finished, done, and I’d never preach again, believe it or not.........#TRUTH.
Christians can be mean, believe it or not lol.
See, fact is last weekend I was scheduled to preach, been on the calendar for months, straight up canceled.
Man I’m good with that, cause fact of the matter is, I go where most won’t go, and I plow ground most gave up on ever producing crops, long ago.
That’s where GOD has sent me, and I’m most certainly comfortable with that, and a Committee I don’t have, or need.
I’ve been called a loner, a hermit, stubborn, fake, wannabe evangelist, and things you just wouldn’t believe. Things come to me in text, mail, and all sorts of other ways that would just break the toughest of hearts.
All I’m saying is GOD has a way of making, sending, setting it all up, to move us, place us, and park us when we just don’t get it. The most gratifying part is watching HIM remove the fake ones, to insert the Real ones in our lives, and I am absolutely NOT referring to my ex wife.
HE has a plan through this for me, her, the ones who have proven themselves TRUE though this, and those who have gloriously been proven to me to be fake.
So grateful for the many in my church family who’ve reached out and loved on her and I both. This stuff is hard on everyone.
I am without question moving forward.
I didn’t die. Although I did temporarily loose my vision, it has returned Full Throttle like, to be honest.
So this is my story, and here is where it lays upon ur lap my friend...........
Don’t make the mistakes I did in times of life’s distress, and don’t “ALMOST” do something that can’t be undone. GOD does without question have a plan for YOU, and HE will fulfill it, if you’ll only let him.
It doesn’t make a hill of beans what any single person around here, or around there thinks of you, or me either, for whatever goes down in my life.
You, and I answer to the GOD almighty, JESUS CHRIST, and that’s ALL that does matter.
So whatever is happening in your life.........cling to the only hope there is, this word of GOD, for the answers are in there, ask me how I know, for I’m a dang survivor!!
Happy Full Throttle Tuesday 😎
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