Last night I watch Fatherless Sons on Oprahs network.
It was an awesome show that pointed out the issues and impact of sons that grow up without their dad around. It was striking to hear how boys grow up with little or no positive society influence on how to be a good dad.
One of the stats that stood out to me is that 80% of African-American children will grow up without their father in the house at one time or another.
As a father of 2 sons (19 & 23), I thank God for the opportunity to raise them and teach them all that I know. I am positive that I have not been perfect but I have done my best. My wife and I are proud of them and look forward to them impacting the world in a great way.
I know that men have gotten a bad rap for their lack of parenting interest and skills. A lot of the flack is well-deserved.
There are still far too many young men walking around the streets, displaying their emotions and aggression through violence and disrespect for themselves, women, and others. All of this is happening while many men in the community close their eyes to it.
Boys need to good role models in their worlds to guide them in life. Real men who are not athletes, movie stars or musicians. Men who are living on the block with them or going to the same church they attend.
Watching that program caused me to re-evaluate some of my priorities. Just because I have raise my “sons” doesn’t mean that I don’t have more “sons” to raise.
I believe that I owe it to them.
The D.J. sets the tone for the nights events.
A good D.J. knows how to tap into what the crowd needs.
The people have come here looking for a good time.
They want to escape the pressure and problems of their daily lives.
They are searching for someone to set the party off right.
A crowd is gathering.
Not just in the typical and traditional venues, but also on-line and in the newest social-networking arenas.
The urban, multi-ethnic, hip-hop influenced segments are being overlooked.
The Gospel needs to penetrate the very core of this culture.
Black, white and brown all get together at a Jay-Z concert.
Young, white girls know all the words to Lil’ Wayne’s latest hit.
Asian guys can tell you who is on the cover of this months Vibe magazine.
The D.J. can bring people into the presence of God.
The D.J. is the non-traditional praise and worship leader.
He has the tools and is gifted to create an atmosphere were God can do major work.
When will the church step up and realize that, we too can move the crowd.
We have the life-changing message of Jesus Christ.
We have the power of the Holy Spirit.
We have what it takes to reach ALL people.
In Numbers 13:30, after spying out the land, Caleb and Joshua tell the people
“..let us go up at once and possess the land, for we are well able”
There are so many distraction when get on your way to your destiny.
There are Haters, Doubters, Non-believers, etc.
There also will be obstacles and moments of confrontation.
One of the things that we can learn from Joshua and Caleb is that we can hold on to the thing that is strong than all of the opposition…
If God said it, He will make sure that it happens.
All He needs is for us to do our part.
We are not strong because of our own strength and skill.
We are strong because we know through our weakness God displays His power!
I declare that 2013 is the year of Great Things!
No more mediocrity or slack.
No more second-hand or hand-me-down.
Let the army of the Lord arise in Great Victory!
I speak the Truth into the atmosphere.
Let the angels of the Lord carry out the directions of God Himself.
I speak to every person who has been left out or left behind.
If you are in Christ, you have come into a New family.
Not one of a dominant race or ethnicity, but one of a dominant bloodline, traced to a risen Savior.
The King of kings and the Lord of lords has forever altered your destiny.
I come against ALL depression and oppression.
I cancel the assignments of suicide and low self-esteem.
The devils claim that you are unworthy and unqualified are FALSE!
You have been bought with a price.
Your worth has been measured.
The blood of Jesus has been shed for you and covers you from this day forward!
I call now to awaken the potential in the body of Christ.
I call out the politicians and the lawyers.
I call out the athletes and the actors.
I call out the educators and the scientist.
All of these are in the Kingdom of God.
It is time to make yourself known in the marketplace.
Let God be true and every man a liar!
To God be the glory!