October 14, 2016 – Friday
Luke 22:42-43 [KJV] Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.
For the first 15 years here, I did not have any personal relations – not with other brothers and not with correctional officers. I even lost contact with family on the outside. I was filled with hatred, anger, and a lot of sorrow. I was also filled with regret.
And so I refused to drink from His cup. I wanted my will, not His. All day I would just sit and think about wanting to take back the day that got me here. But I also wanted to get even with everyone I blamed for getting me here and keeping me here. Everyone except me. And so everyone was my enemy.
Then in my 16th year here, I found my Lord. And when I gave my life to Jesus, I let go and let God do His will in me. I started to drink from His cup. Now it was His will, not mine. And one day He told me to share His word with others – including the correctional officers. So I had to continue to drink from His cup and allow Him to strengthen me to share His word.
And because I let go and let God do His will in me, the blessings have been awesome.
Each day do you drink from His cup? At home? At church? How about in your workplace? I know sometimes you do not want to. Somedays you are angry. Hateful. Filled with so much sorrow, you don’t know what to do. There are times when you are filled with anything but God’s love. And you simply don’t like where you are or what you do or who you are. And you don’t want to take that drink.
As you go to work today, and throughout the weekend, let go and let God do His will in you. He will strengthen you so you can strengthen others.
Today at work, and this weekend, drink from His cup. And the blessings will be awesome!
Father, in the name of Jesus, I pray. Thank You for strengthening me so I can carry out Your will. Amen.
Jimmy Davis, Jr.
Z-557 Unit N-10
Holman Correctional Facility
Atmore, Alabama USA