Reflecting on the forerunners in Black American History can instill in us a sense of pride. We can be humbly reminded that countless individuals, for the sake of freedom, overcame great prejudice, discrimination, Jim Crow laws, and the obstacle of being deemed irrelevant to an entire nation. The wonderful legacy of the freedom fighters and civil rights leaders is undeniable as we are able to partake of the benefits of this great fight in modern day times.
Consider also the forerunners of biblical history in which we, too, can take pride. Many chose to travel the roads less traveled as they walked through fire (Daniel 3:25), denounced a compromised culture (Genesis 39:12), believed the impossible (Genesis 21:2), and even endured death for the sake of the great eternal hope (2 Timothy 4:7).
The implications of spiritual endurance involving pivotal moments in history can offer much to our daily walk as women in this world but not of it.
As we reject “bowing down” to the norm, our peculiarity may be mocked, loathed, and disgraced. But we can take courage in the fact that those who walked through “the fire” before us were ultimately not harmed as they trusted God to lead the way.
“Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.” – Matthew 10:28
I pray that we continue to honor such a legacy as we walk out our God-given paths of distinction, excellence, and ultimately a legacy of our own to be echoed in all of eternity. May we adopt courage, as we keep our eyes on the cross. May integrity be the foundation of our thinking, speech, and actions as we fight the good fight of faith. God bless…
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.” –Hebrews 12:1
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