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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Good Stuff

Prayerfully each and every person takes time out often to reflect on their heritage both genetically and spiritually. However in America this month extra emphasis is placed upon the African American experience as February has been dedicated as Black History Month.

 Lately I have been reflecting on the struggles of people of color over the last 4000 plus years. I am constantly amazed at the resiliency, drive, and intellect of these people. They were indeed special and stubborn to the point of insanity, which is exactly how one would have to be in order to survive and prosper. These amazing people of color were cut from a different cloth, they were indeed made of the good stuff! 

You have to be made of the good stuff to endure death, rape, lynchings, public hangings, constant racism, poverty  and never-ending humiliation. Look at a quick list of these people who had to endure: Job, Jabez, Mordeci, Phebe, Mary mother of Jesus, Harriet Tubman, Fredrick Douglass, Pres: Lincoln & Kennedy, Gandhi, MLK, Malcolm X, Medger Evers, John Brown, Mandela,  Harold Washington, Jesse Owens, and Jesus. Yes indeed they were made from the good stuff. 

The great news is that you and I are also cut from the same cloth, we too are made with the same passion, endurance, and love as those listed above. Paul's words in the letter to the Philippians reminds us that we are made of the good stuff from God. Even though we might not see it completed in us yet, we soon will. Paul instructs us to keep on striving and working, keep on loving and enduring because our confidence and trust in God is key to the revelation that we are going to receive about whom we truly are.

Philippians 1:3-6 (NIV)

Thanksgiving and Prayer

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Brothers and Sisters regardless of your current situation, the pain, loss, or suffering you are enduring now. Please remain confident that you are made of the good stuff and God is working on completing you and I. So that when God is finished with us the world will be changed and made whole.

Be Well, Love P.J.

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