To be inducted into the Hall of Fame is more than just being a Perennial Pro-Bowl attendee or All-Pro player. It indicates that you were more than just a role player and you are being recognized for your commitment and achievements to the game itself.
Role players far exceed those going into the Hall of Fame, but the Hall of Fame outlasts the players and the days on a team.
Our time spent in and with God will far exceed and outlast our days here on this Earth; however, I don’t just want to be a Christian Role-Player. I want to be inducted into the Hall of Fame of believers like those in Hebrews 11.
Being a Christian isn’t a game, but it is to be SERIOUSLY! I don’t want to leave anything on the field of play called – LIFE. LEGACY – L.E.G.A.C.Y. – LEAVING. EVERYTHING. GOOD. AND. COGENT. YEA!
To quote something that my husband always says regarding things we see in the media that we can’t believe is taking place; such as Trayvon Martin or Sandra Bland cases. “Are you going to believe me or your lying eyes”? We see the injustices right there LIVE and IN HD (not just in color), so it’s clear and shut case – or so we assumed – and no charges are brought. WE KNOW THE TRUTH, regardless of the blatant injustice. The world says that to trust God is foolish – blatant disrespect to the word of God.
It’s the same thing that God is asking us, “Are you going to believe me”? We already know that the “just shall live by faith”, and that “faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen”. Faith cannot be seen by natural eyes, so why then do we find it so hard to believe God and to take him at his Word? WE KNOW THE TRUTH – GOD IS TRUTH AND EVERYTHING ELSE IS A LIE THAT COMES AGAINST HIS WORD. He told us to trust, to believe and we would see his hand in our favor. Therefore, “I believe”.
Why is it so easy to believe that a situation will never change for the better, than to believe that God will cause all things to work out for our good? We want his blessings, but seemingly appear to be shocked when he does what we asked him for – INSTEAD of standing sure-footed on his word. We’re taken aback, and instead of getting used to him being as good as we “say” he is, we find it hard to trust and believe, when it comes to standing still and seeing the salvation of the Lord. Faith is an action word and ONLY God knows whether we are truly standing or cowardly crouching.
God is probably shaking his head in dismay toward us and saying, “Get used to it!”
One thing that he didn’t say was to take him and his blessings for granted. There is a difference between being taken for granted and being counted on to keep your word. Anyone in a relationship will tell you that they don’t want to be taken for granted, but that same person will tell you that they like being counted on and trusted while in that relationship.
When it comes to being relational, God is like us, or rather – we are like him. God wants to be appreciated, but never second-guessed about his intentions towards us. He’s saying that we must FIND a way to keep trusting regardless of the situation – for him to be GOD.
I don t know… I guess I felt like doing a little thinking this morning. And I was just pondering the idea of why Obama might have become the first black President. Perhaps it could’ve been the fact that he never grew up with the inherited burden that most blacks have to learn to grapple with – Where do we hail from? From the time Obama was birthed, he knew who he was and where he came from. He was able to trace his lineage. His dad was right off the boat, so he knew where the boat carried him from – exactly where he/his people came from. Not the normal hang-ups that you and I have learned to digest forcibly like a child forced to eat spinach. As like with spinach, and yeah it’s good for you. Learning that we are descendants of slavery is as hard to swallow as spinach – but it’s good to know, although still hard to get it to go down – regardless of all the benefits.
Obama had the normal issues of growing up as many of us do, quite possibly 99 problems, but knowing who he was wasn’t one of them. Not the normal licking of Civil War wounds, fears, frustrations, and the collective baggage that comes with growing up Black in America.
He was free to use and open his mind to other possibilities and not have the insurmountable hurdle that many can’t get around or over – being Black! We run up to the hurdles of being black and just don t know how to attack it. A hurdle is what it is… something impeding your way and there is only one legal way to topple it – face it head on.
He has never been the typical NEGRO OR NIGGER/NIGGA. He wasn’t imbued from conception with the bad habit of “stinking thinking”. I cannot help but to wonder if that is what helped him to get into office in the first place. Even the run of the mill Klu Klux Klansman knew that they couldn’t hold that platitude over Obama’s head. He could dodge that bullet every time. How wonderful that must be to not be a Nigger and not ever have to quibble about whether you should or should not put on that title – whether it is a Nigger or Nigga – Either way – you are still associated and identify as such. The memory of being a Nigger is a shackle that has to be broken mentally.
So, when I see Obama get his pimp walk on and don’t have a nigga care in the world, I can’t help but to attribute that confidence and fleetness of foot as he jaunts down the stairs of Air Force One; I think to myself that he is one of, if not the blackest man I know.
I pray to one day as a people that we find ourselves to know that type of FREEDOM.