Youth of ________________ Church. I would like for you to know that it is an honor to know and study African Americans that have paved the way for you and me; we are able to walk, talk, and accomplish our goals with ease; it is truly a blessing, because we do not have to endure what they did. We as black people should be truly grateful for their sacrifices, their persistence, and their determination to achieve equality.
Understanding the importance of the color of your skin will help you in understanding the significance of this month. The significance of this month is to commemorate our African American ancestors that have conquered the tumultuous battles of being harshly mistreated and to uphold their legacy through accomplishing the very things they desired and could not. Not only is it meant to commemorate our ancestors, but to recognize the current African American leaders who so admirably are still reaching new heights and new depths that we thought we would never see because of the color of our skin.
I personally want you to understand that the:
The color of your skin does not define your circumstances and your circumstances does not define the color of your skin. Meaning the color of your skin does not predict who you are and what you want to be and your situation and environment will not predict where you end up… That means you can be the President of the United States like Barack Obama the first African American president, a CEO like Ursala Burns who was the first black woman to take head of a fortune 500 company, a gymnast like Gabrielle Douglas first African American to become the individual all-around champion in the Olympics, a ballerina like Misty Copeland who was the first African American woman to be promoted to principal dancer, an astronaut like Guy Bluford who was the first African American to fly into space, a district attorney like Haben Girma who is the first deaf and blind African American to graduate from Harvard University, just to name a few… We need to be proud of the color of our skin because we keep surpassing the odds of being a success and inspiration to many.
He sent his only begotten Son to show us the way. We need to embrace the Light. Our Father is the owner of both Heaven, Earth, and everything therein. He wants us to have it and we can if we simply walk by faith.
I would like to encourage you youth to be great soldiers for Our Lord by establishing a personal relationship with the Him.
Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us to Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
By keeping God first, As you continue on with the stresses of your academic journey and choosing your career path remember to
Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken as Psalm 55:22 states.
Lastly, I want encourage you to be the best and choose to do the best in all that you do, that encompasses school, beginner jobs, and most importantly your relationship with Christ. When you feel that you want to give up I want you to repeat to yourselves what Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me.”
Remember you cannot do anything on your own, you need Jesus. Faith and belief in God, good deeds and charity, hard work and to never give up, will allow all of you to not just follow the path, but to make your own!!
You, are the children of our future! Skin color and all, you, are the children of our future!!!
I will leave you with this quote. Youth please repeat after me:
“If it is to be, It is up to me!” -CMC Kemp
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