"Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them."
This greatness thing can be a little confusing. If Oprah knew she was destined for greatness, does that mean she was born great? Her humble beginnings would lead one to think not. How about those who have greatness thrust upon them? What exactly does that mean? Does it mean they didn't really do anything to deserve greatness, other than, perhaps, be born with a famous last name?
“I am burdened, heavily burdened, for the work among the colored people…For many years I have borne a heavy burden in behalf of the Negro race. My heart has ached as I have seen the feeling against this race growing stronger and still stronger, and as I have seen that many Seventh-day Adventists are apparently unable to understand the necessity for an earnest work being done quickly. Years are passing into eternity with apparently little done to help those who were recently a race of slaves."
Ellen G. White, Testimonies of the Church, “Proclaiming the Truth Where There is Race Antagonism.”vol.9 pp. 204.2
On September 22, 1862, the 16th President of the United States of America, Abraham Lincoln, signed the Emancipation Proclamation releasing African Americans from the chains of slavery and granting them nominal freedom. Almost eight months later on May 21, 1863, the Christian denomination known as the Seventh-day Adventist Church was officially organized with its chief spokeswoman and co-founder being Ellen G. White.
Has there been an increase number of news stories about black men and police officers in “difficult” situations? Visions of the violence in Ferguson, MO, after the shooting of teenager Mike Brown may still be fresh in your mind. But there was recently this story of a man who was shot by a cop while attempting to get the license and registration that the officer asked him to produce. Or this confusing story of a man being shot in a Walmart while holding a BB gun (that purportedly he was attempting to purchase).
Is there a difference between the way blacks and Hispanics relate to the police and males of other races do? I can remember hearing my brother being given specific instructions about how to interact with the police if he was ever pulled over. Does that happen in families of other races? Are our men really expected to walk with their hands up, saying “Don’t shoot”?
1. Eric Thomas If you’re anything like me, you heard Eric Thomas’ voice looooong before you actually associated a name with the jarring, disruptive, high-energy, purposed motivational, err, no, scratch that, INSPIRATIONAL speaking that he brings. Well, he’ll be kicking off #Destined2014 with his thought leadership and his dynamic style as an inspirational speaker for Metro on October 18 . If you’re looking a jump start to your destiny, trust us, Eric Thomas, will encourage you to go after what’s yours. Don’t be surprised if he asks, point blank: Do you want success more than you want to breathe? In addition, gospel-recording artist Kevin Levar will be here to sing his latest song “Your Destiny”. Take a deep breath, and join us on October 18!
2. Kevin Levar
This name probably isn’t on your top ten list of gospel artists, but it needs to be. Kevin Levar’s got an awesome voice and more than that, he does an awesome job when ministering. You have to come hear him. We promise you won’t be disappointed. Here’s an appetizer – check him out performing “A Heart that Forgives”.