God is a Keeper: He has been there every step of the way!
Hey B.F.F.’s, Happy Sunday!
God is good and I pray that you all have had a beautiful day and that today you have put forth the effort to reach for kindness instead of hate. As I mentioned last week on our blogs’ Instagram post, This past month, let alone the whole year has been tough! Today I want to remind you to be kind to one another and take advantage of every opportunity to do so. Use your voice, resources, privilege, and influence to help someone else. Here within our B.F.F. community, that is what we are endeavoring to do. When wrong is wrong!! Let it be wrong no matter what the color of your skin is. With all the madness going on in the world, it almost makes you feel like being black is a crime, so put forth a little extra effort to be kind to those around you that may look a bit different. We are tired! We are hurting, and although it doesn’t fix things, KINDNESS goes a long way! It never goes out of style!
Last month Brittany and I used this platform to talk to mothers from all walks of life, and this month we are going to talk to the fathers. It is our prayer that during this time as we speak with each dad, it will give us insight and perspective to a day in the life of a man, a brother, a son, a friend, and a father. All month long, we want to celebrate these men who are doing exceptional jobs and are amazing fathers who live boldly, freely, and faithfully through Christ. We recognize this is a time when Black men and women are being murdered at an alarming rate with no regard for their lives, and no one seems to care because they haven’t taken the time to get to know them, all they see is their skin color. To know that this is a sad reality is heartbreaking. Being black is not a crime, and this is a very touchy subject for me as a mother of two little black boys whom I raise with respect and values. I teach them to abide by the law (which is right but in a lot of cases still doesn’t help) and to treat others how they want to be treated. It is my prayer that they grow up and be mighty men of valor, but I always have to have these conversations with them because they simply can not do the same things that someone of another race might do. Even at this young age and also if they feel as if they haven’t done anything wrong, they need to make it home. I do not teach them to be afraid of the police or white people because we do genuinely love and respect those who don’t look like us. Yet one day, they will grow up and become a black man in this world who may be a father, and I don’t want them to become another hashtag. One scripture that I have instilled in them is 2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. So we do not walk in fear, but guess what I do tell them ignorance has no color and might wear a badge. I am upfront with them about the reality of being black in America. This conversation about criminal justice and police brutality is front and center in America right now, not only because of Kaepernick taking a knee not so long ago but also because we witnessed a police officer take a knee on a black man’s neck and kill him. We have cameras, and we see all these horrible acts on social media, on the news, and that’s something we have to deal with as a country. We have to be the change we want to see, and it is not a fight we can fight alone. Today we want you all to get to know this son, brother, father, employee, friend, and proud, educated black man Matthew Pearson.
Please take a moment to listen to Matthew discuss the joy he has as he is now a father of a beautiful little girl. Matthew also tells us how he lives Boldly, Freely, and Faithfully through Christ by just being who he is. He loves who God created him to be and gives credit to his parents for him being such a remarkable man, which is evident throughout the video. Matthew doesn’t have to be anyone else because he wasn’t raised to be anybody else but himself, and in his words, that is what he is good at! Matthew operates in confidence, realizes that God is a keeper and doesn’t let outside factors influence his decisions that could affect anything he has going in the long run. So this week, get to know Matthew and be blessed by his story and be encouraged!
Until next time with love, grace, and a happy face, we hope and pray that you are living a bold, free, and faithful life in Christ.