Not everyone will understand your journey. That’s fine. It’s not their journey to make sense of. It’s yours.- Zero Dean
The first time I heard this quote and it really caused me to go into deep reflection. For the most part, I agree; however, I would like to make a statement that I think would be fitting for this era and the issues that we face as a nation. For example, fatherlessness is an issue that is dear to my heart for many reasons to include my personal experience until I discovered the existence of my heavenly Father! Circumstances surrounding my birth and arrival were quite adverse and complex for me to fully understand at such a young age and at times I did feel as if no one understood me. As a result, I would remain silent about certain concerns that I had which only resulted in a reservoir of unresolved anger and very disruptive behavior while at home only. I think my parents viewed their decisions as part of their journey but failed to recognize that I was also included along with my other siblings. With this in mind, I would suggest that it’s important to know that not everyone will understand but some people can relate and provide wisdom and direction. The key is to learn how to recognize whom God has sent into your life and the purpose they serve. Soliciting wisdom from individuals that you know have your best interest at heart can save you from continuing a cycle that was present in the previous generation such as alcoholism, violence, poor stewardship, and unhealthy relationships to name a few.
Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. Exodus 20:12
I think nearly every child has been told about this verse at least once. I can recall my mothers reminding me of this time and time again. When I was much younger, I was a very rebellious child living in some adverse situations that I was too young to fully understand. Truly, there is a time and season for everything. Born fifth in order,yet I was the first one in my family to be born again at a very young age. Needless to state, my thinking was renewed and I challenged my family to live life the way God intended. Although my character was developing, my faith was firm and my family knew it. My unsaved biological mother, Mary acknowledged that I was “special” in word and deed yet always reminded me that she was the parent! My father was and still is a hardworking man and can nearly fix anything that needs repairing especially vehicles. Unfortunately, he was not very active in my life and I don’t really believe he understood his significance in the life of any of his children.Truly, I am grateful for their countless sacrifices and I will honor them forever.
Simultaneously, I give thanks to Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of my faith for his protection, provision and for one whom I call “my Moses”, my mother Ruby. She was delegated by my mother, Mary to rear me and later my baby sister since I was five months old. At the time of my “adoption,” she was unsaved yet God’s purpose prevailed! Five years later, I can remember her taking me to church time and time again and receiving salvation by grace through faith in Christ Jesus . Honestly, our services were scheduled five times a week at that time and were at least two hours long! Despite the fact that I was a child of her husband from another woman, Ruby always taught me to honor my mother and father and enforced the law when I had trouble with being obedient.
With this in mind, honor your mother and father with no exceptions! Salute to my parents for handling such a delicate situation so maturely. I am that I am by the grace of God!
And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding. Jeremiah 3:15
Today I would like to honor my pastor, mentor, friend, and father in the faith Bishop Cleveland L. Dennison. Truly, this gentleman has and continues to impact my life daily. First, I give thanks to God for sending such a honorable vessel to preach the good news of the kingdom of God, coach me to become a more effective leader starting in my youth, and to provide a living example of kingdom living as a faithful husband (Mother Claudette), father of three, grandfather of seven, and as a shepherd responsible for the Lord’s flock. His love for his family He always has a sense of humor, yet is very stern and has a good listening ear. My pastor is disciplined and determined to fulfill the Lord’s assignment for his life. I also enjoy listening to him share his words of wisdom and even correction if and whennecessary. Again, I salute you Bishop Cleveland L. Dennison. Currently, Bishop Cleveland L. Dennison serves as the Senior Pastor of Pentecostal Full Gospel Crusade Church of Rochelle and Poulan, Georgia and the Presiding Bishop of PFGC Ministies. Today is his birthday and I would like to wish him a Happy Birthday! Join me as I honor my father by posting your father’s name below with brief words from the heart!