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God Is A Provider

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So…How?

So, most of you readers know that I am a professing Christian, a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ.

And that’s hard….very hard!

Sometimes what you want you don’t get and the things you want to see happen good in the lives of others or your own…well…it just doesn’t work out. Faith is not something to be gawked at or picked on. It is certainly not something to be taken lightly. It is especially not always fun. It is downright scary and anxiety building.

But, scripture tells us to not be anxious over anything but to continue to be in prayer (Philippians 4:6).

A little while ago, I was invited to go to an event in Houston, Texas and I wasn’t sure if I would have the money. It was a different event from the author’s bash I told you guys about. This particular event was one where they bought some copies of my book and were going to have me on a panel. Needless to say, I was a bit concerned…okay fine, I was a little anxious. I was not happy with the possibility that I would NOT be able to go.

I was broke! No cash for gas and no cash for renting a vehicle let alone riding their.

So…What’s A Faith Walker To Do?

I prayed about it! I asked for God to just let His will be done. If I was privileged to go then great and if not to give me the mindset and heart to just accept it and go on. And yet, at the same time I knew I wasn’t given this opportunity just for me to observe it and walk away. I had enough faith to believe that something was going to happen for it work out.

And it did.

My friends and his wife called me just 24 hours before the event and volunteered their time and car so we could all road trip together to Houston.

Crazy…right!?

Philippians 4:19 says this

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

The Abased and Abound Creative

Paul wrote to the church in Philippi with regards to having much and having little…in other words, how to be abased and how to be abound! I think this is a very important lesson that we as authors, artists, speakers, teachers, preachers and creatives as a whole should embrace…going with what we have and working what what we have been blessed with.

And, yet, at the same time appreciating those incredible blessings that come to give us just a little more than what we originally had.

 

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My Why…(A Poem)

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Once was the boy who walked the halls, head down,

Teased, bullied, talked about and pushed around,

No one could possibly understand where my mind would go,

My peers were too caught up with trying to fit in to the world’s show.

 

First kid to take a test and last one to walk out,

Some said I was genius but deep down I would doubt,

My grades were so-so and not very stellar,

It was a rough elementary period and I began to think “whatever.”

 

Puberty made things a little bit more complicated,

I was already socially awkward, so I estimated,

That I would suffer a few more years of name calling and junk,

Not to mention not being very tough so I was also called a punk.

 

Special Ed and Speech Therapy was the daily norm for me,

Thick glasses and a funny accent was a future I could only see,

Until later a few people in my life actually cared,

To take a chance with a guy like me…they actually dared.

 

Still the kid who read comics and watched anime,

Who woke up early in the morning before school to watch Fox 4 Good Day,

I would still tolerate day after day,

The teasing and taunting for being just that way.

 

That same summer I mentioned earlier, I was asked to speak

It was for a youth service taking place that week,

I thought they were nuts…what would I possibly say,

Little did I realize that their was a reason things were supposed to be this way.

 

You may ask what my why is, this is it,

I had people in my life who told me never to quit,

Who accepted me for my idiosyncrasies,

And saw deep within me endless possibilities.

 

There’s a kid out there whose a lot like you and me,

Who need to hear that they matter you see,

That’s why I write, draw, preach and share,

Because someone needs to know that we care!

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Refocused On Purpose, For Purpose

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What if something major that happened in your life actually pushed you towards your passions and priorities rather than off the cliff?

What if…everything you thought that was so important…so needed…your livelihood, your comfort and your standard of living…was suddenly yanked out from under you.

You would feel naked, right!? You would feel a deep sense of worthlessness and failure! Right? Or, maybe, just maybe, that’s actually a state of mind choice.

Well, that’s my thought as I write this!

Monday afternoon while running errands throughout Dallas I was listing to one of my favorite preachers, Ricardo Miller, give a sermon about Jeremiah and how God called him to his purpose. The sermon was entitled, “Lord help my mind” and he preached from Jeremiah 1:4-10.

I drove down the road listening to that sermon and the longer I listened and took in what was being shared the more I began to come apart. In tears and filling with joy, I drove up and down the freeway realizing that everything that was happening to me was so I could understand what was really more important in my life…and to re-adjust me towards following my purpose in life within the purpose of serving the Lord and serving people.

As of Monday night, I got back into drawing my comic strip and began churning out multiple strips throughout the late night hours. I will continue to do this till I reach the intended goal of 21…the required amount for potential syndication.

That’s right…I’m going to get my comic strip, “Kid Eccentric,” syndicated! At least try too! I’ll have more on this in my next blog post!

I also feel a sense of calm and less stress since I now am in a new journey. To be honest, I’m looking forward to what happens next and I know that things will only get better from here. Even on Wednesday morning when I woke up, I felt this authoritative and yet humble feeling of serving as a youth minister, writer and cartoonist wash over me.

My apologies for not blogging as MUCH as I normally do. I appreciate EVERY single one of you and your support! I love the fact that a few peeps are actually reading my blog and I intend to bring GOOD content as much as possible even in this amazing

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Life Lessons Learned From A Weekend Of Moving

Starting A New (NOT Starting Over)

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This Sunday was a different experience around the dinner table at my aunt’s and uncle’s. I explained the them that I had no choice but to just move out of my apartment and start things over in my life.

My uncle walked in and exclaimed that this was not merely a “start over” in my life as much as it was a “new beginning.” At least, that’s the best way I remember him saying it. He was telling me how God was moving me from one storyline to a new season…a new storyline.

I’m good with that! Interesting that an hour before he told me that the sermon at church was about “Pressing On.”

Moving out was hard…both physically and mentally. The more my apartment emptied out the more depressing it looked. I recalled all the fun times I had staying in that place and wished that it would last a little longer. But throughout the entire move it felt like the Lord was letting me see some things…little things that spoke large volumes over the situation.

Ultimately, I learned if you want to go forward and be successful, sometimes the thing, the places, the people that we hold on too so tightly have to go in order for us to go forward.

Blasts From The Past

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Speaking of going forward, I ran into some items that reminded me of how far I have come and my passions…from old comics and illustrations I sketched together…to old hats I used to wear from my favorite media outlets…right down to some comic books that I bought from an epic cartoonist named Chris Moujaes.

As I held on to those comics, I kid-like kind of excitement surged through me as I thought about the very first time I bought “Coz Effect” and “Battlegate.” I read them over and over and I promised myself I wouldn’t get rid of these…EVER! The illustrations and drawings as well as the impeccable storyline was too good to just let go. I even got the chance to read a page or two even though I was really supposed to be packing.

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Typical cartoonist and comic fan…I know!

But, I couldn’t help it. Which, of course, reminded me of my own passion and the passion I have for media.

Even when I found my old Fox 4 News hat, I felt the same way. The excitement…the memories…the fact that all of my experiences began to culminate into something bigger than myself. Right now…it sucked…but looking at these mile markers made me realize that it was really going to be “OK.”

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Now What…?!

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Once I was done moving into my new spot, I plugged in the TV and my computer and chose to stream some local news to catch up with the universe and watch “Gravity Falls.”

I had to relax and rest and let myself soak up my new surroundings and the new reality of what was potentially to come.

Right now, everything seems to be moving at fast pace but I’m confident that things will surely slow down a bit. I haven’t had a chance to do a WHOLE lot of writing or drawing and that’s sort of making me anxious and irritable.

As I read and look at epic work that inspires me to follow my passion of writing and cartooning along with ministry in the first place…people like Lincoln Peirce (Big Nate), Danny Fry (Skooled), Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) and H.G. Sansostri (Little Dudes Skool Survival Guide)….I can’t help but be excited about my own work and the future that lies before me!

God called me to a great place and position and I refuse to be upset or disappointed about my current spot in life.

 

But, I won’t let it frustrate me…after all, I have Faith that it’ll work out and that if I’m disciplined and focus the time will be available to do what I’ve been called to do.

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