Monday, February 28, 2011

Motivation

African Americans are blessed by the rich history celebrated each February. By looking back on the struggles and achievements of ancestors, we are given motivation to press on towards the future. Many individuals made great sacrifices to help us get where we are now. It is of the utmost importance that we do not waste these opportunities.

Katherine Dunham, a renowned African American dancer and Professor, once said, “I used to want the words ‘She tried’ on my tombstone. Now I want ‘She did it.’” She was alluding to the fact that she had achieved goals which at one point were only dreams. All of us can do great things in life.

Black History Month is very inspiring. We look back at many individuals who have done great things. Along with what those people have done, we also marvel at what they overcame to reach their success. Booker T. Washington once stated:


I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome while trying to succeed.

Black people have a strong rich history. This is not just because of what we have done, but also because of what we have endured. As we are ending another Black History Month and are celebrating the accomplishments of others ask yourself, “What will my accomplishment be?” All of these great people have one thing in common; they were just regular people like us. So just as they did great things, so can you! Once you make goals for your life, understand that difficulties will come. But if you just trust in the Lord, keep Jesus first in your life, and work hard you will come out on top. Not only will you be successful, but you will appreciate it more because of what you went through to get it.

Reflection Points
1.What are your life goals? Are they realistic?
2.Has God ever failed you? Is He your first or last resort?
3. Is anything else you run to as reliable as God?

Take this with you: God wants His people to be successful, but the work and rewards of this world are temporary. The results and the rewards of the work you do for Christ will last all throughout eternity. (1 Timothy 4:8)