“Hurts and Forgiveness Can’t Reside Together”

“Forgiveness is a choice that results in bitterness or peace. We can harbor the wrongs folks have done to us or we can let it go and make room for new blessings.” – #ToddCPittman

Yep, I Said It!

…and so did Mark 11:26 (NKJV) – “But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.”

“It took me a minute to realize that ‘I ain’t the one’ who needed to choose not to forgive others. When I realized that and forgave those who trespassed me – just as God forgave me for all the mess I done did – I found that I made room for the new blessings He had stored for me. Our blessings may differ – to some it may bring new relationships, a new job, or even a new health status – but what we have to remember is that holding onto hurts and pains takes up valuable real estate on the inside. There’s no room for new romance if we are holding onto the hurts of our last relationship. There’s no room for a new career opportunity if we are holding onto the bitterness from getting passed over for the last job promotion. And MY GOD, there’s no room for restoration of our health if we are holding onto the busyness of the world and turning to dependencies, poor nutritional choices, and lack of exercise. Today lets think about tomorrow and not get stuck in the past. Let’s evict anger, bitterness, and envy and welcome into that space forgiveness, pardon, and kindness so we can live in peace.” – #ToddCPittman

“Let’s Not Take Our Relationships for Granted”

“Appreciate & Assume, two key relationship verbs. We shouldn’t take relationships for granted or assume everyone is doing ok.” – #ToddCPittman

Yep, I Said It!

…and so did Romans 15:5 “Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus,”

“The scriptures reminded me this morning that I need to do a better job of touching base with those folks that are close to me and have been a part of my family’s life for a long time. We sometimes get so busy CONNECTED to work and our everyday grind that we get DISCONNECTED with folks that we care about and care about us. We have to appreciate and stay connected with the people God has put in our lives and we can’t assume that everyone is doing just fine. It is pleasing to God when we reach out to others, touch base to see how folks are, grab a beer, coffee, tea…whatever it is we all do to connect, let’s make it a point today to ask the Lord for discipline to take the time to connect with those we love and unify with those who love us. A-Yo, when we walk in the spirit of unity it is not only pleasing to the Lord, but we are also able to share encouragement with others and we are able to receive encouragement when we need it most. Make that call, send that text, connect today because tomorrow might be too late.” – #ToddCPittman

“Our Children, Short-term Pain Results in Long-term Gain”

“I chose to define the boundaries between a parent and a best friend. To this day the relationship with my children brings me pure joy and one of the most enjoyable relationships I have.” – #ToddCPittman

Yep, I Said It!

…and so did Hebrews 12:11 (NKJV) “Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”

“A conversation with some friends on the commuter train last night followed by scripture study this morning is a reminder that when it comes to the relationship with our children, the commonalities between a parent and a ‘true’ friend is that both are approachable, accessible, and have our children’s best interests at heart. We can be both parent and friend, but the boundary is that unlike a friend the parental role needs to command the respect of effective discipline. No doubt, the reason we don’t like to discipline our children is that it causes them temporary pain & hurt. Heck, my children are now all adults, living in 2 different countries, three different states, two have children of their own and to this day I still struggle with applying the discipline of strong disagreement with their decision making but I never hold back because I know my guidance will yield long-term gain long after I have gone home to be with the Lord. My mother implemented strong discipline and there were times when I had childlike hateful feelings but now I understand the long-term value. Raising my children, I learned that when we get too soft and sometimes even remove regulations for the reason of choosing to be our children’s best friend over being their parent then we are no different from the ‘so-called’ friends too many of us already have today. We’ve got to be mindful that children are diligent students of parental behavior so let’s forget about any parenting mistakes of the past, and let’s be mindful that it’s what we as parents do today that will have a generational impact.” – #ToddCPittman

“How Many of Us Know the Greatest Author of All Time?”

“Who is the greatest author of all time? Let’s ask ourselves if we really know Him or His works.” – #ToddCPittman

Yep, I Said It!

…and so did 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 “But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

“At any level, it is truly a great accomplishment to author a publication and many of us, including yours truly, will wait in line to get to know the author. The scriptures in 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 the morning were a reminder of our need to continue to strengthen our relationship with the greatest author of all time. I’m talking about THE author and perfecter. I’m talking about the one who foretold our ending before our beginning. Contrary to popular belief, the phrase ‘The best is yet to come’ is not in His book, but ‘all good things come to those who wait’ and ‘all good things work together for good’ only ‘to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose’ IS part of His amazing literary work. Let’s take a look at three facts about this amazing author: 1) He always has the best in store for us, 2) He will keep it moving and won’t stop until He finishes the great works He started in us, and 3) all that is in His heart is for our good. He brought together about 40 writers to write 66 books to give us the most amazing publication of all time! Let’s be sure to take some time to get the know Him and His work.” – #ToddCPittman

“There’s a System for Living Without Want”

“There’s a system for living without want. Unfortunately, we don’t get to pick and choose what part of the blessing process we want to participate in.” – #ToddCPittman

Yep, I Said It!

…and so did James 1:3-4 (NKJV) – “3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”

“Here’s the deal…each one of us has the same common desire as God has and that desire is for us to have all we need and lack nothing. It’s called living in His abundance. We might feel like we are lacking a whole lot right now, but it’s all good because God’s got a system in place that can change things around when we least expect it! Sometimes we don’t want to hear this, but the system that is set up to live in His abundance starts with us living in His Word. We need to remember that we all were given a certain measure of faith and when we study God’s Word we are feeding our faith and our faith produces patience and our patience allows us to be still, keep quiet, and stop trying to do things our way so that He can do His work in us and our circumstances. So stop stressing, start studying His Word, and allow Him to do what He said He would.” – #ToddCPittman

“When We Do Right We Are Making an Investment”

“What we do here in the natural is an investment in our life to come. Doing the right thing is an investment that comes with practicing patience for our ROI.” – #ToddCPittman

Yep, I Said It!

…and so did Galatians 6:9 (NKJV) – “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”

“It was Paul who tried to convince the Galatian Christians that if they keep trying to do things their own way they were headed for trouble. That is true of us today. The short cuts we continue to take to get over on someone or something is not cheating the person or the system, it’s cheating ourselves from a more fruitful harvest. I am thankful for the reminder in the scriptures that when we focus on doing things by our own power all we do is end up satisfying selfish needs and sinful desires. Look, if we want to reap the harvest that is promised to us we’ve got to plant a seed of good spirit, maintain faith, and practice patience. That equates to doing the right thing based on God’s Word and not what we think gets us the quickest satisfaction and knowing that – although not immediate – we will see positive results. Whether we are working on our relationships, fighting addictions, or battling health challenges let’s know that there are no short cuts. The best way is to just be right and do right. Never get tired of doing what’s right!” – #ToddCPittman

“Step up, Stop Being Bullied by Fear”

“We’ve got to step up our game and stop being bullied by fear. Fear is only as big as we make it.” – #ToddCPittman

Yep, I Said It!

…and so did 1 John 5:4 (NKJV) – “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.”

“When contemplating a new job, a new relationship, or even a new business venture we often take a sneak peek at the worst-case scenario. The problem is that instead of just taking a ‘sneak peek’ as part of our planning process, too many of us stay there and continually ponder on that worst-case scenario. That, my friend, is when worriedness, anxiousness, uptightness, and overall panic sets in. You see fear has one goal and that’s to separate us from our destiny. We can’t let the spirit of fear talk us out of that new job, that new relationship, or even putting out our entrepreneurial fire. Instead of talking up the worst-case scenario, let’s talk up God’s Word! When that spirit of fear shows up, come back to this message and talk up 2 Timothy 1:7, Psalm 23:1-6, Proverbs 29:25, and Psalm 56:3-4. Hey, it’s our call, we can talk up fear and miss our blessings or we can continue to talk up God’s Word and reach our destiny. Ayo, we’ve got to speak over our own life.” – #ToddCPittman

“Stop Acting like We Are Doing Someone Else a Favor”

“No matter what the task, let’s give thanks that God blessed us with the ability to do it!” – #ToddCPittman

Yep, I Said It!

…and so did Ecclesiastes 9:10 “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.”

“A friend of mine from Louisiana asked me to meet with a sister that is new to D.C. and in need of professional guidance and advice. No joke, she has been extremely difficult in simply setting up a time and location to meet for coffee. Yesterday a work colleague told me to just tell her I’m busy and I can’t meet with her. But like I shared with my colleague, we have to stop looking at situations like we are doing someone else a favor. If God has put us in a position to add value to someone’s life then when we do so we are actually honoring God! When we are blessed to minister to others, provide a service to those who need it, or help those in a financial setback, the scriptures remind us – Hey Man – God blessed us with the gift of provision and when we provide to others that’s not a favor to them, THAT’S THE FAVOR OF GOD UPON US! When someone ask us for a favor, we need to thank them for giving us the opportunity to honor the Lord! So, whatever we do let’s not complain, but let’s give thanks for the opportunity to honor the One who has placed His favor on us.” – #ToddCPittman

“Just Leave It Where We Left It or Where It Left Us”

“We have to stop reaching for things behind us and instead grab what’s in front of us.” – #ToddCPittman

Yep, I Said It!

…and so did Philippians 3:13 (NKJV) – “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,”

“Too often we waste time and energy trying to hold onto things instead of leaving them right where they are. I’m talking about disappointments and setbacks. Got passed over for a job, LEAVE IT THERE! Prayed hard for someone’s health, but they’ve gone home to be with the Lord, LEAVE IT THERE! Worked hard to save your marriage or relationship but it is no more, LEAVE IT THERE! There’s a fishing term called ‘Catch & Release.’ Let’s start living by a new spiritual term we’ll call ‘Experience & Release.” Don’t think about it, don’t dwell on it, STOP TRYING TO FIGURE IT OUT! If we really trust in the Lord then when things don’t go our way we will be without bitterness, resentment, or hosting a pity party and know He allows everything for a reason. Let’s leave what’s behind and start using our valuable time to ask Him to let us experience and release. There is so much in front of us! Let’s ask Him for the restoration of our circumstances. Hey, When we go to Him for deliverance, deliverance we will truly receive.” – #ToddCPittman

“Baby’s Momma, Baby’s Daddy, Please Stop!”

“We’re talking about those chosen to assist in guiding God’s children, let’s break a cycle of inequity.” – #ToddCPittman

Yep, I Said It!

…and so did Psalm 127:3-5 (NKJV) Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; They shall not be ashamed, But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.

“Some of us may have been or may be, guided by parents challenged by immorality, addictive behaviors, poverty, and even not stressing the importance of education. What I have seen is that faith enables us to break any cycle of LACK! When we start to realize our responsibility for setting a generational example of living up to God’s expectations, it is when we realize the importance of guiding our children. We realize that the time spent with our children (no matter the age) lets them know they are important and loved. We need to practice behaviors our children desire to model. This includes setting examples of wise financial spending and investment decisions, giving them a surety that things they share with us are kept private, and that we respect that mate that God enabled us to bring physical life into His World. Look, let’s have the faith to believe that we can break the cycle of any inequities we faced when we came into this world. Let’s not pass those examples to our children. Whatever the challenges might be, we have to have a reason to break any cycles. My reasons are four-fold in the beauty of Sherylle, Tiana, Zavier, and my Asia Pittman. What’s yours?” – #ToddCPittman