Career, Education, Empowerment, Faith, Family, Youth

White Out Doesn’t Work

mistakesHave you ever used whiteout? There are different types of white out but they all seem to serve the same purpose: cover up a mistake. The liquid whiteout has a soft spongy tip and goes on wet but then dries up quickly and you’re able to write over the mistake. The whiteout tape is another type of white out that is used to cover up mistakes. It is a device that allows you to roll over the mistake and quickly cover it up, no drying takes place. And then there is white out exact liner for the precise cover ups and quick application.

The thing about white out, regardless of white one you use, is that it really is just “correction tape”. It is a quick cover up for a mistake that was made. But if you use the liquid white out and only put one layer, you can still see the mistake, as you put more layers it gets coddled up and you can’t write over it. The white out tape is handy and quick but it doesn’t always make a straight light, you have to be very careful and take your time to cover the mistake up. And the white out exact liner is a quick straight cover up but it cost more money.

Regardless of which white out you use, they can all be scratched at, picked it, and rubbed until the mistake underneath is exposed once again.

Isn’t that like life? We make mistakes in life and try to get in a new relationship, move to a new city, get a new job, cut or dye our hair, lose weight, even start going back to church. But all of these are just “types of correction tapes” used to cover up a mistake. Until you actually take the time towork through the mistake, it will still be there.

One of the ways I’ve known to really move forward from a mistake, is to just acknowledge it (scratch over it), leave it where it is, and get a new piece of paper (accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior or renew your life).

You see, scripture says in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (NIV). Rather than seeking correction tape, new things to cover up the pain, the hurt, the anger, the mistakes, look for the new slate from the inside out.

But remember, you can color your hair, get in a new relationship, move to a new place, get a new job, but everything inside of you, your spirit will still be the same. You will eventually continue doing what you’ve done in the past, looking for more white out to cover it up. And if anyone scratch, pick, or rub at you, your mistake will be exposed, then where will you turn?

With Jesus, you can standbolding, “9Don’t lie to each other. You have taken off those old clothes—the person you once were and the bad things you did then. 10 Now you are wearing a new life, a life that is new every day. You are growing in your understanding of theone who made you. You are becoming more and more like him. (Colossian 3:9-10 ERV).

Leave behind the white out, the correction tape, don’t seek the quick fixes. The quickest fix I know is Jesus and He fixes you from the inside out, making you a new creation rather than a cover up that is vulnerable to be exposed of past mistakes at any time.

Dance, Empowerment, Faith

Hold My Mule/For Your Glory

Hello Encouragement Block Family!!! This is Maurice Colvin III of Encouragement Block ministering at the 2015 Women’s Life Summer Conference that was held at his home church Corpus Christi Christian Fellowship. We pray and hope that this worship experience blesses your life, ministers dearly to your heart and speaks to you. If you was blessed by this video … please Like it, Share with others, Comment, and Follow Encouragement Block. You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and our website http://www.encouragementblock.org We sincerely appreciate the support.

Music: “Speak Lord” by Kurt Karr/ “Hold My Mule” by Shirley Caesar/”Good Anyhow Intro” by Byron Cage/ “For Your Glory” by Bishop Paul S. Morton, Sr. presents Embracing the Next Dimension/ “There Is Something About That Name” by William McDowell We do not own any copyrights to the music being played in this worship video.

Our goal is to minister through gospel music and to spread the good news of the gospel.

Empowerment, Faith

Reflections Exposed

reflection

Isn’t it amazing how something as simple as a reflection has the power to impact every aspect of our lives, from the way we dress, our social circle, the decisions we make, and our emotions. But what is a reflection really? The copycat of the exterior of who you are and what you see with the opacity lowered. Through experiences in our childhood, adolescence, young adult, middle adult or even late adult years we continue to shape that reflection. For some, our reflection is more of what we feel on the inside instead of what people see on the outside. No matter what others see in us or through us, we continue to allow what we see in ourselves and how we see ourselves to consume us. We cannot allow strongholds to define us.

We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.

(2 Corinthians 10:4-5 NLT)

Recognize that God does not want us to continue to hold ourselves hostage in chains using sin, lies, family transgressions, past mistakes, or regrets to feel ashamed, unworthy, doubtful, and unloved. From the moment we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we are made brand new and we need to begin to see ourselves in His image. Forgive your father for not being around, for abusing you, for the broken promises. Forgive yourself for thinking that you had any control over your life and the things that happened, because you didn’t. Forgive your siblings for the taunting phrases, the continuous words that made you believe you were not good enough and you should not have been born. Forgive your mother for telling you that she wished she never had you, that you are a disgrace to the family, that you are a disappointment. God has a plan for your life, He knew you before you formed you in your mother’s womb. Let go of the depression, the shame, the loneliness and walk into the freedom knowing that everything is already taken care of.

The moment you start to live your life accepting your strengths, walking tall, feeling God’s agape love for you, you will start to see the chains being broken and those sins, lies, mistakes, and regrets will fade away and the blessings in your life will begin to be what you see when you see your reflection.

Just remember, “As a man thinketh, so is he”. So if you believe that you have worth, that you are valuable, then you will begin to conduct yourself as such. And when you do, you open the door for God’s blessings to flow rapidly into your life without any strongholds, or barriers, blocking you from seeing, believing, and receiving.

For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.

(Colossians1:13-14 NLT)