This weekend we return to youth Sunday. This last Sunday of February is our last Sunday of Black History month and I found my self asking what Take Away, can I share with our youth? For the past few weeks we’ve been invited to remember African American men and women who led, and whose lives bore much fruit. They left a legacy of a committed life behind.
It appears today that so many are blind followers, being told not to believe what they can see with their own eyes, and hear with their own ears but rather, willingly, knowingly and happily follow blind guides who lead them off a cliff.
Today I ask our young people, will you lead with eyes opened to learning, new knowledge, a search for the truth? Will you seek to broaden your minds and intellect by seeing, listening and learning to discover your ability to lead and step forward? This is your time to step up and lead. We need to hear your thoughts, your truth and what you desire to become.
I am reminded of a former slave women, she was the first black women to sue a white man and win her case in court. Who falsely accused her of poisoning a man and killing him. Her name is Sojourner Truth
Perhaps Truth’s life of Christianity and fighting for equality is best summed up by her own words in 1863: “Children, who made your skin white? Was it not God? Who made mine Black? Was it not the same God? Am I to blame, therefore, because my skin is Black? …. Does not God love colored children as well as white children? And did not the same Savior die to save the one as well as the other?”
These are words of great insight and wisdom. God made His children different, while each one reflects God. And the simple words of this woman of faith, serve as a light to your path as you walk your journey.
Jesus tells us that we will be know by our fruit. You see a bad tree cannot bear good fruit, nor more than a good tree can bear bad fruit. Be the seed that turns into the fruit tree when nurtured by the truth, watered by faith, and fortified by a tenacity can then become the tree that bears good fruit. Always remembering that this journey we are on builds leaders, women and men, not blindly following but developing and becoming leaders who see the truth and embrace it and regard it as the very light that prevents them from simply following, to be leaders who cut the path forward.