I often write about Biblical individuals who lived a life that seems incredibly ripe with blessing, and most commonly my take is that their blessing is only a response to their willingness to be blessed. And though there may be instances where God stepped in and blessed somebody who simply needed it in the moment… so many of the stories of blessing are because the person in question had faith in being blessed.
I think our health culture needs more of this. A willingness to be blessed. Every time we (my wife and I) choose not to medicate, but to pursue a solution through simply being healthy, to pursue health, we are creating an opportunity to be blessed, and we are hopeful for that blessing… expectant to a certain extent. Likewise, I believe in all things, God is there ready to bless you. If you are ready to be blessed.
Some times it is easy to misconstrue what this really means… perhaps you would think I am saying God will heal anything and everything. But, for those who know me, you know that I have a blind eye, one that I have hoped and prayed for healing for a long time. No healing yet… I would even go so far as to share the actual experience I had. At my third healing revival, engaging prayers from people all around my life, in the middle of an intense prayer session, I heard a voice. Only time in my life I can say without a doubt I heard a voice other than my own… and that voice said, “Not Now”. I left that revival in peace, with no urgency and no concern… calm that I would simply do life with one eye… for now.
That to tell you that I still believe that we are here to be blessed, that God has blessing in store for us at every turn. I am praying for a young local man right now, whom I have adjusted since he was 8 years old. Now, just finishing his freshman year of college, he has been pulled into a legal case that really has nothing to do with him other than he was part of the wrong fraternity at the wrong time. I know there is great blessing awaiting him… but just like my eye hasn’t been healed, it doesn’t mean that his blessing will be related to this case. Sad that we don’t get to choose… perhaps. Or is it that God always knows best, and though we wish we could organize our blessings, in the end we would only further damage our potential.
I am writing this Daily Sprout to encourage, to encourage that it is better to be 1-20 than 0-0… that God is a God of action, and sitting on the bench is not His plan. So it makes you wonder, what if His plan is that the young man whom I am praying for, is supposed to go through this trial for what it will do to prepare him for something bigger in the future? What if.
I spent the last ten + years searching for an opportunity to be a local commercial real estate owner. It started by joining an LLC that bought the raw land on Woodstock Parkway that is now these three buildings, which shortly after saw our LLC go out of business and we lost all of our money.
Later I made an effort to buy land on Towne Lake Parkway across the street from my old office, but couldn’t get my arms wrapped around the process of going from raw land to building fast enough, and now it is the GI Specialists office. I later looked up and down Main Street from Ridgewalk Parkway down to Rope Mill. Was close to buying a small house North of the roundabout, that had some potential, but a lot of work would be necessary. Then I looked at this one, the current office. 8256 Main Street. I couldn’t believe how much she was asking, and told my wife I thought it was crazy.
Prayer and time changed my mind. So much so that the final price paid, was actually $130k more than the original asking price a year and a half earlier. Talk about escalation! But the value of what was happening in Woodstock was apparent to me, and so I trusted God. I trusted that there was blessing for me, but even more, I trusted that there was a path to glorifying Him and growing the kingdom through what we are doing… I just wasn’t sure how.
One month after placing my office under contract, I put the neighboring home under contract. Another dollar amount greater than any property purchase I had ever made in my life. “How” I asked myself… “How will I be able to buy this, how will I be able to afford this home?” The answer that I came away with, “God will find a way, and God will glorify this as long as I seek first His kingdom”. So I plowed forward with little plan, but lots of prayer.
After months of meetings with builders to try to gain a partner/purchaser to buy out a chunk of the property to develop it… I decided against that route and became the developer. Huh?? A Developer? What does that even mean?? Before I could turn around, I was buying another piece of property, the empty lot with the fence through it across from the Chattahoochee Tech parking lot, then we picked up the empty lot on Dobbs road across from it as well, and now the HVAC business on the triangle connected to the transmission shop. We hope to buy the two houses to the immediate North of us as well… all because God has blessing in store, and as long as we seek Him, it seems as though He wants to bless this.
Partners. That is how it has happened… the right mix of partners, who have the right thought in their heart. So I wondered how we would show glory to God through our project, then it really hit me. It hit me hard. Four years ago, a patient of mine asked me to lunch with him to discuss me running an event in the city. Cityfest he called it. As I sat there listening to Michael Layman discuss bringing business and church together for the benefit of the city, I really didn’t quite understand.
But now, Adair Park, our local development, is sponsoring Cityfest 2017. I have the amphitheater rented out, and we are planning a full ahead push for Cityfest. “Where Business and Church come together to improve community through charity.” We have bands planned, charitable organizations that we will donate to, and a beautiful mix of Christian and pop music that will bring people together for the purpose of growing His kingdom.
I had a friend ask me “how”… “how are you doing all of this”. I responded… “I am acting like I am a billionaire… I am believing that God will fulfill all of our needs, that there is no worry about the money, that there is no concern over how the next step will happen, because we are working to point all of this at Him”.
As I have said before, I don’t think that King David became King David because God chose to bless him more than others. I think King David became who he became, because he trusted in God’s blessing. I write all of this, because I want everyone to consider that God is waiting to bless you, as long as you will serve Him, put Him first, and find ways to bless others through your blessing. All of this will open the doors for you. Like the prayer of Jabez… Expand my territory so that I may expand yours.
Be well and be blessed! – Dr. E