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Unconscious habits, and repetitive tasks require little thought and planning.

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There are certain things that I like doing which require little forethought and planning. Perhaps because I have done them so long or have become accustomed to them that there is a flow, an almost instinctive nature as I complete each task.

I'm sure there are also tasks and projects you can totally accomplish without putting too much thought into them.

I was watching my wife do the dishes after breakfast this morning. I was still sitting at the bar drinking my coffee. She was washing them and looking out the window, with her tongue out of her mouth. She looked like Michael Jordan when he was about to drive down the lane and fly past his opponents as he glided above the rim.
Unconscious habits, and repetitive tasks require little thought and planning.

Here the writer is saying, you need a plan, and there is an order when doing things… Plant the field, THEN work on the barn!

We put on our socks BEFORE we put on our shoes. We disrobe BEFORE we climb into the bathtub. We study BEFORE we take the test, We look for the best deal BEFORE we make a large purchase, and most importantly we check the lawn for, fallen limbs, dog toys and "poop" BEFORE we proceed to cut the grass. (Don't ask!) Some might say, "Why NOT build the barn first, what's wrong with that?" Well the answer would be in the time you are taking (notice I didn't say wasting) to build your barn. The wheat seeds could begin its cycle from Germination, Seedling, Tillering, Stem elongation, Booting, Heading, Flowering, Milk, Dough, and finally Ripening.

👆🏼 All that takes time ⏰. So, what is it that is on your mind to do? Have you put much thought into it? Hopefully this is just a reminder to have a plan, think it out and then be ready for great results.
Here is to a bountiful Harvest! -SoulKANDY

It’s not my job!

Are there times when someone else has to step in and cover for you because you were not around to handle your duties?

1 Samuel 23: 1 (ESV) Now they told David, “Behold, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah and are robbing the threshing floors.” 2 Therefore David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I go and attack these Philistines?” And the Lord said to David, “Go and attack the Philistines and save Keilah.” 3 But David’s men said to him, “Behold, we are afraid here in Judah; how much more then if we go to Keilah against the armies of the Philistines?” 4 Then David inquired of the Lord again. And the Lord answered him, “Arise, go down to Keilah, for I will give the Philistines into your hand.” 5 And David and his men went to Keilah and fought with the Philistines and brought away their livestock and struck them with a great blow. So David saved the inhabitants of Keilah.

It seems like every post lately has been about David running from Saul, and in some way that has been the prevailing theme of the last few chapters in 1st Samuel. I may have stated this before but it is worth saying again, “If it’s getting tedious for me having to write about it, I’m sure David and his men were even more frustrated having to live through it”.

This portion of scripture (verses 1-4) just stood out, why would the welfare of this town be so important to David? What was so special about Keilah that it would cause men that are running for their lives to risk going into battle with their enemy’s enemy?

Isn’t that the heart of a leader? Perhaps this is the reason David was called in from the fields by Samuel and anointed in the first place. While King Saul is pre-occupied with hunting down David, and David is concerned with the welfare of the inhabitants of Keilah. Shouldn’t that be where Saul’s focus should be?

Ask yourself 

  • Do I do the same thing? 
  • Do I get so sidetracked with personal stuff, anxieties, and concerns, that I am letting my everyday obligations suffer?
  • Are there times when someone else has to step in and cover for you because you were not around to handle your duties?

I work for the Department of Transportation and every year we have performance reviews, and at these reviews  my job duties are broken down into percentages. 85% of the time I’m doing inspections 10% of the time I’m supposed to be doing office work and 5% of the time just says “other”  duties at the descretion of the Resident Maintenance Engineer

That means this… I can never say, “It’s not my job!”

Lord help us not to be easily sidetracked, Lord enable us to be your hands and feet even through the most trying situations, and finally Lord give us a heart, compassion and concern for your people despite our current trouble, trials & tribulations. Strengthen our hands for battle, when everything and everyone around us is saying, “It’s ok to relax.”

And help us to step up and fill in the gap when others drop the ball. 

That’s a whole lot of distress!

If you were assembling a team would the Job Posting read… Looking for men, must be in debt, discontented and in distress. Those without serious issues need not bother to apply. 

1 Samuel 22: 2 NKJV“And everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him. So he became captain over them. And there were about four hundred men with him.”

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Perhaps this is where they get the saying, misery loves company. Here is David running for his life running from a powerful crazed man who is bent on destroying him. It’s bad enough when you have trolls & haters, enemies with nothing else to do but make your life miserable. It’s even worse when you have powerful adversaries, and that’s what David had… a King with unlimited resources out to get him.
When I was 10 years old we left Chicago, Illinois and moved to San Bernardino, California near Seccombe Lake. There were plenty of kids around to play with, and one of our favorite games was Hide-and-go-Seek which we played in our neighborhood at night. 
Now that I think about it, it was just a bunch of knuckleheads trespassing on other people’s properties. To us there was nowhere sacred and nowhere off-limits when we played Hide-and-go-Seek. 
We would hide under houses, on roofs, in abandoned cars, in backyards, in trees and under parked cars. I once found this pink fluffy material stacked in a neighbors side porch that I dove into headfirst. The minutes hiding in the fluff seemed like hours, and when I heard, “All-lee All-lee in come free!” I knew the game was over, I didn’t get caught but I itched for a few days. I guess no one in my neighborhood thought that anyone was crazy enough to hide in that fluffy pink stuff. Before then I didn’t know what fiberglass insulation was. What kind of monster creates something that looks like cotton candy but itches like poison ivy??? 
I said that, to say this, when you find a place to hide there’s no way in the world you let other kids hide with you! Its a well known fact, it’s impossible to keep two kids quiet. You are bound to get caught. 
So I wonder what David was thinking, fleeing from King Saul was hard enough with a couple of loyal guys, but how in the world was he going to pull it off with 400 discontented, debt ridden and distressed men?
If you were assembling a team would the Job Posting read… Looking for men, must be in debt, discontented and in distress. Those without serious issues need not bother to apply. 
I didn’t think so. 

It’s a mystery the way that God works. We know that eventually this rag-tag bunch will produce men who; jump into pits with lions in the snow, stand alone in a field of beans and fight when others ran, one who would slay 800 men with a spear, three who broke into enemy territory just to fetch their leader a cup of water, others killed giants, ferocious animals and preformed other amazing acts of bravery. 

We don’t always get to choose who follows us, but we do choose who we will be as a leader. Seeing these men could have broke David, it could’ve caused him to quit to surrender and eventually to forfeit his life. But David chose to lead these men. 
There are men and women today looking for a leader. If and when they find you, what kind of leader will they find?
Will you be able to minister to their brokenness? Will you be able to look beyond their distress and dysfunction and direct them towards their destiny? Will you be the catalyst that reaches into their chaos and creates champions who preform greater feats than even your own?
That’s what David did. What will you do?
-John Rosado

Rumbly in my Tumbly

1 Samuel‬ ‭14:24‬ ‭(ESV) “And the men of Israel had been hard pressed that day, so Saul had laid an oath on the people, saying, “Cursed be the man who eats food until it is evening and I am avenged on my enemies.” So none of the people had tasted food.”

I should be writing about Prince Jonathan and his bravery, and the courage and commitment of his armor-bearer, of how they peeled away from the troops and scaled jagged cliffs covertly and created chaos amongst the enemy. 

I should be writing about how God once again comes on the scene and routs the enemy. Causing them to slay each other. 

…BUT

Once again, just when you don’t think it’s humanly possible to do something worse than his unlawful sacrifice, King Saul makes a careless oath

When we were younger our crew would respond to that with two words… “This Brother!!!”

What a Bonehead, what a Mook! This guy is making Harry and Lloyd look like geniuses

As a SoCal guy, one of the traditions before the Rose 🌹Bowl game, Lawry’s Restaurant would host both teams to a hearty Prime Rib dinner an expensive, delicious, high calorie meal before the game. The exact opposite of what King Saul proclaims. 

“Hey everybody! Listen up, NO one is going to eat a thing until the enemy is conquered!”

All of a sudden I can almost hear the sound of 1000’s of soldiers sigh a collective groan, immediately followed by a chorus of “Rumbly in my Tumbly”. Which is uncannily appropriate in this story. There’s hunny in this story (1 Samuel Chapter 14) you have to read it for yourself. 

I’m stoked, I was able to reference College Football, Dumb and Dumber and Winnie the Pooh in the same blog. 

It’s taken me over 4 days marinating on this to even come up with an opinion

It smells like Saul is trying to act religious, it reeks of pride and selfishness. The longer I think about it the more it stinks. This guy is letting his crown warp his mind. Shakespeare wrote, “Heavy is the head that wears the crown.” I know Zac Brown sang it like that, but that’s where he got it from. 

Is King Saul so emotionally spent by the constant oppression of Israels enemies that he is making rash decisions? Did he inherit such a mess of a nation that it’s causing him to misspeak, and make logistical errors?  

This isn’t looking like the changed guy that prophesied with the prophets, the young man who rallied 330,000 men to fight with him. It appears the pressure of leading has him thinking he is now an island unto himself. It’s his people and his enemies. How fast do we forget from where we came. 

So… what can we learn?

1. Be careful when making decisions under duress. It’s best to ask for advice from people you trust

2. Think about how policy changes affect the whole organization… Small moves by the large cogs (leaders) cause the small cogs (staff/ helpers/ volunteers) to spin wildly

3. Personal issues and frustrations can become organizational nightmares.  

4. If your teammates need to make decisions behind your back to save your backside, it’s not always betrayal, it is often the effect of a slow erosion of trust and confidence in your leadership. 

Heavenly Father, I’ve made plenty of dumb moves and poor decisions which made my leaders spin uncontrollably. My spontaneous style was chaotic to those who served with me. Thank you for allowing me to see the error of my ways, and thank you for giving me friends and teammates that stuck with me because they believed in “the cause” even though I didn’t give them too much reason to believe in me. 

May the readers also reflect and learn from their mistakes before hasty decisions and policy changes cause irreparable damage to their teams. 

Thank you for your Word. Today once again it cut deep. I pray someone is helped as much as I have been. -Love John

Follow the leader

1 SAMUEL‬ ‭10:26-27‬. “Saul also went home to Gibeah; and the brave men whose hearts God had touched went with him. But some worthless men said, “How can this man save and rescue us?” And they regarded Saul with contempt and did not bring him a gift. But he ignored the insult and kept silent.”
First impressions are everything. We judge people in an instant. We formulate opinions at the slightest misstep and pettiness. With that in mind, what would our thoughts be if the first action after hearing the introduction of the new king we all were crying for is finding him hiding amongst the baggage? 
He wasn’t even bold enough to meet with the crowds. The Bible states that there were some worthless men, riffraff, and scoundrels who were not impressed. 
Would I be among the worthless fellows that didn’t buy into this hype and fanfare? Would I despise this new appointee? 
God in His divine nature sends a band of valiant men that have Saul’s back. 
Every leader needs God appointed people who regardless of public perception and contrary to popular opinion stand by them. 
How does this happen? Supernaturally! 
God has to change their hearts!  
It’s hard enough to be the first to do something I’m sure Saul turning around and seeing that he doesn’t have to make the trip home alone was comforting. 
Father God, if it takes a supernatural touch from you to follow those whom you choose, then Father touch and change my heart towards the leadership that you have appointed. 
May I be a help, and not a hindrance, help me to be valiant and supportive so that when my leader turns around it’s not to a crowd of riffraff, this but it’s to valiant man.