I’m Dying of Thirst

This past Thursday, my home church Angelus Temple had an amazing guest speaker. His name is Paul Daugherty, a pastor from Tulsa, Oklahoma. The message he spoke of last night was entitled "Thirsty" and talked about the topic of thirst and our human quench for thirst as well as our spiritual. As a Christian, you can become thirsty and drink the wrong stuff. Water is the thing that equals life. When NASA sends out a space ship, it usually goes out to look for signs of water, as water means that there is signs of life.

My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water. [Jeremiah 2:13 NLT]

You can be thirsty for anything. For example, in Psalm 42 David says, "I thirst for God, the living God." When you’re weak, what you run to shows where you’re thirst is at. All of us come to God in need to be fixed like when the Samaritan saw Jesus, he let her know that he is The Living Water, though she came to fill her jar at the well of Jacob. Jesus called out her past with the five marriages that failed in her life, but that didn’t mean she wasn’t invited to drink from The Living Water. We put our thirst in what we are doing, in short: Jesus + Nothing = Everything You Need. Until HE is enough, then nothing else will be enough.

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Pastor Daugherty said something that really resignated with my soul and that is, and I quote, “Like Paul, I’m moving forward, I’m not looking back.” I’ve realized that what I’m looking for, I’m only going to look for it in a intimate relationship with Christ. This is why during this whole sermon, as I was listening, I just couldn’t help but to think of Kendrick Lamar's song, "I’m Dying of Thirst." It just fit so well with last night’s message. The Maya Angelou portion in the end of the song hit the nail in the coffin after K. Dot’s verses on how thirsty he was from the Compton gang-infested lifestyle that is often seen and become the norm for everyday Compton, CA residents.

Below I leave you with Lamar’s track and hope that I made this post justice in conveying the same message I received from Pastor Paul Daugherty, as it was life-changing to my spirit.

#Serve24 » A Photo Recap of what I experienced in the last 24 hours as my church, @LADreamCenter, created a 24-Hour outreach mission. I started off in the rally in the main church sanctuary, pumped to start the challenge, then moved to working the Ice Cream booth during the Neighborhood Bash held at The Dream Center. From there I proceeded to go to the Pueblo Del Rio housing projects to pick up kids and take them to see “The LEGO Movie” hosted at Angelus Temple. I stopped for a dinner and went back at Midnight September 15 to Prep For Shoe Distribution at Rosemont Elementary School. I slept for a bit and then proceeded to join the final stop at MacArthur Park where there was a Food Truck giveaway, Hot Dog Cart, and a community Soccer game. it was 90° + on both days, but IT.WAS.FUN. I love serving my city. Like Pastor Tommy said at The Dream Center’s 20th Anniversary celebration, “The Struggle is Fun.” #Serve24 » A Photo Recap of what I experienced in the last 24 hours as my church, @LADreamCenter, created a 24-Hour outreach mission. I started off in the rally in the main church sanctuary, pumped to start the challenge, then moved to working the Ice Cream booth during the Neighborhood Bash held at The Dream Center. From there I proceeded to go to the Pueblo Del Rio housing projects to pick up kids and take them to see “The LEGO Movie” hosted at Angelus Temple. I stopped for a dinner and went back at Midnight September 15 to Prep For Shoe Distribution at Rosemont Elementary School. I slept for a bit and then proceeded to join the final stop at MacArthur Park where there was a Food Truck giveaway, Hot Dog Cart, and a community Soccer game. it was 90° + on both days, but IT.WAS.FUN. I love serving my city. Like Pastor Tommy said at The Dream Center’s 20th Anniversary celebration, “The Struggle is Fun.” #Serve24 » A Photo Recap of what I experienced in the last 24 hours as my church, @LADreamCenter, created a 24-Hour outreach mission. I started off in the rally in the main church sanctuary, pumped to start the challenge, then moved to working the Ice Cream booth during the Neighborhood Bash held at The Dream Center. From there I proceeded to go to the Pueblo Del Rio housing projects to pick up kids and take them to see “The LEGO Movie” hosted at Angelus Temple. I stopped for a dinner and went back at Midnight September 15 to Prep For Shoe Distribution at Rosemont Elementary School. I slept for a bit and then proceeded to join the final stop at MacArthur Park where there was a Food Truck giveaway, Hot Dog Cart, and a community Soccer game. it was 90° + on both days, but IT.WAS.FUN. I love serving my city. Like Pastor Tommy said at The Dream Center’s 20th Anniversary celebration, “The Struggle is Fun.” #Serve24 » A Photo Recap of what I experienced in the last 24 hours as my church, @LADreamCenter, created a 24-Hour outreach mission. I started off in the rally in the main church sanctuary, pumped to start the challenge, then moved to working the Ice Cream booth during the Neighborhood Bash held at The Dream Center. From there I proceeded to go to the Pueblo Del Rio housing projects to pick up kids and take them to see “The LEGO Movie” hosted at Angelus Temple. I stopped for a dinner and went back at Midnight September 15 to Prep For Shoe Distribution at Rosemont Elementary School. I slept for a bit and then proceeded to join the final stop at MacArthur Park where there was a Food Truck giveaway, Hot Dog Cart, and a community Soccer game. it was 90° + on both days, but IT.WAS.FUN. I love serving my city. Like Pastor Tommy said at The Dream Center’s 20th Anniversary celebration, “The Struggle is Fun.” #Serve24 » A Photo Recap of what I experienced in the last 24 hours as my church, @LADreamCenter, created a 24-Hour outreach mission. I started off in the rally in the main church sanctuary, pumped to start the challenge, then moved to working the Ice Cream booth during the Neighborhood Bash held at The Dream Center. From there I proceeded to go to the Pueblo Del Rio housing projects to pick up kids and take them to see “The LEGO Movie” hosted at Angelus Temple. I stopped for a dinner and went back at Midnight September 15 to Prep For Shoe Distribution at Rosemont Elementary School. I slept for a bit and then proceeded to join the final stop at MacArthur Park where there was a Food Truck giveaway, Hot Dog Cart, and a community Soccer game. it was 90° + on both days, but IT.WAS.FUN. I love serving my city. Like Pastor Tommy said at The Dream Center’s 20th Anniversary celebration, “The Struggle is Fun.” #Serve24 » A Photo Recap of what I experienced in the last 24 hours as my church, @LADreamCenter, created a 24-Hour outreach mission. I started off in the rally in the main church sanctuary, pumped to start the challenge, then moved to working the Ice Cream booth during the Neighborhood Bash held at The Dream Center. From there I proceeded to go to the Pueblo Del Rio housing projects to pick up kids and take them to see “The LEGO Movie” hosted at Angelus Temple. I stopped for a dinner and went back at Midnight September 15 to Prep For Shoe Distribution at Rosemont Elementary School. I slept for a bit and then proceeded to join the final stop at MacArthur Park where there was a Food Truck giveaway, Hot Dog Cart, and a community Soccer game. it was 90° + on both days, but IT.WAS.FUN. I love serving my city. Like Pastor Tommy said at The Dream Center’s 20th Anniversary celebration, “The Struggle is Fun.”

#Serve24 » A Photo Recap of what I experienced in the last 24 hours as my church, @LADreamCenter, created a 24-Hour outreach mission. I started off in the rally in the main church sanctuary, pumped to start the challenge, then moved to working the Ice Cream booth during the Neighborhood Bash held at The Dream Center. From there I proceeded to go to the Pueblo Del Rio housing projects to pick up kids and take them to see “The LEGO Movie” hosted at Angelus Temple. I stopped for a dinner and went back at Midnight September 15 to Prep For Shoe Distribution at Rosemont Elementary School. I slept for a bit and then proceeded to join the final stop at MacArthur Park where there was a Food Truck giveaway, Hot Dog Cart, and a community Soccer game. it was 90° + on both days, but IT.WAS.FUN. I love serving my city. Like Pastor Tommy said at The Dream Center’s 20th Anniversary celebration, “The Struggle is Fun.”

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