Ask God to give you a divine opportunity to boldly share Jesus with someone today. Maybe it’s a co-worker, maybe it’s your child. Maybe it’s a stranger who sits next to you at a restaurant. Be strong and of good courage. God will go before you to prepare the way.
You’re in a place in your life. You don’t know what the future holds. You don’t know what plans are ahead for you. You don’t have any idea what lay on the horizon.
Neither do I. But we know Who does.
Wherever you are in your life, learn. Learn something from it. As the old adage goes…Grow where you’re planted. I am confident that God will meet you where you are.
The Willie Lynch Letter is Reality: We're Headed for Self-Destruction
By: Phylicia Hill
The following is a speech which was delivered to slave owners by Willie Lynch in 1712 on the bank of the James River in Virginia. Everything he says seems to be a reality… I just can’t believe this.
Gentlemen:I greet you here on the bank of the James River in the year of our lord, one thousand seven hundred and twelve. First , I shall thank you, the gentlemen of the of the colony of Virginia, for bringing me here. I am here to help you solve some of your problems with slaves. Your invitation reached me in my modest plantation in the West Indies where I have experimented with some of the newest and still the oldest method for control of slaves. Ancient Rome would envy us if my program is implemented. As our boat sailed south on the James River, named for our illustrious KING JAMES, whose BIBLE we CHERISH, I saw enough to know that our problem is not unique. While Rome used cords or wood as crosses for standing human bodies along the old highways in great numbers, you are here using the tree and the rope on occasion. I caught the whiff of a dead slave hanging from a tree a couple of miles back. You are losing valuable stock by hangings, you are having uprisings, slaves are running away, your crops are sometimes left in the fields too long for maximum profit, you suffer occasional fires, your animals are killed, Gentleman,…You know what your problems are; I do not need to elaborate. I am not here to enumerate your problems, I am here to introduce you to a method of solving them. In my bag, I have a fool proof method for controlling your slaves. I guarantee everyone of you that if installed it will control the slaves for at least three hundred years. My method is simple, any member of your family or any OVERSEER can use it.
I have outlined a number of differences among the slaves, and I take these differences and make them bigger. I use FEAR, DISTRUST, and ENVY for control purposes. These methods have worked on my modest plantation in the West Indies, and it will work throughout the SOUTH. Take this simple little list of differences and think about them. On the top of my list is “AGE" but it is only there because it starts with an "A"; The second is"COLOR" or shade; there is INTELLIGENCE, SIZE, SEX, SIZE OF PLANTATION, ATTITUDE of owner, whether the slaves live in the valley, on a hill, east or west, north, south, have fine or coarse hair, or is tall or short. Now that you have a list of differences, I shall give you an outline of action- but before that, I shall assure you that DISTRUST IS STRONGER THAN TRUST, AND ENVY IS STRONGER THAN ADULATION, RESPECT OR ADMIRATION. The black slave, after receiving this indoctrination, shall carry on and will become self-refueling and self-generating for hundreds of years, maybe thousands. Don’t forget you must pitch the old black VS. the young black males, and the young black male against the old black male. You must use the dark skinned slaves VS. the light skin slaves. You must use the female VS the male, and the male VS, the female. You must always have your servants and OVERSEERS distrust all blacks, but it is necessary that your slaves trust and depend on us. Gentlemen, these kits are your keys to control, use them. Never miss an opportunity. My plan is guaranteed, and the good thing about this plan is that if used intensely for one year the slave will remain perpetually distrustful. -WILLIAM LYNCH-1772
Dropping like flies, bought the farm, kicked the bucket, checking out, pushing up daises, sleeping with the fishes are all nice ways to tell that someone has died. As a Black woman, I prefer to be real with myself. Let’s not sugar coat things anymore; Black women are killing themselves at an alarming rate with HIV and AIDS. According to a recent study conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, Black women account for 67% of new AIDS cases among women. HIV is the 3rd leading cause of death for African Americans ages 25–34. Whether you choose to educate yourself on this disease and its numbers or not, the fact remains, HIV is lurking. If you don’t protect yourself, it’s only a matter of time before it feasts its eyes on you. The WomensHealth.gov accredits the contraction of HIV in Black women to Black women living in poverty, STIs, the incarceration of Black men, and African-American men “on the down low.” These are all valid excuses but why not accredit it to yourself Black women? Stop trusting men who don’t love you. Stop believing and trusting that men will one day come around. Why are you freely giving yourself to a person who admits that he doesn’t care about you? On the B side, some women were in a committed relationship and were betrayed; those people, I feel sorry for. I have a great amount of rage in my heart when it comes to the acts of the “down low brother.” Men are said to supposedly have and an abundance of pride. Men declare their love for a women by protecting, providing and professing his love for her – and he betrays her? Black women can’t even trust their husbands. Many Black men don’t care about us and the proof is in the pudding. The down low brother must be stopped. We must take our own precautions and protect ourselves by abstaining from sex outside of marriage and remember to trust no one. No one falls in love over night, what are the chances - stop being gullible. One of my Twitter followers, @YolieTheJew, says, “I suddenly realized that I do not trust men. You may come off straight, look straight, but you’re having sex with another man.” A recent study in 5 major U.S. cities found that 46% of African American men who have sex w/ men, were infected with HIV. Some men are too big a coward to admit they’re gay and some women are being punished for the secrets and insecurities of men. Dr. Julie L. Gerberding, Director of The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says, “We are not effectively reaching men who have sex with men and African-Americans to lower their risk.”
The New York City health department estimated that HIV was spreading in NYC at three times the national rate. This number is derived only from those who were actually tested. There are 20 million people in New York; do you think they’ve all been tested? I’m sure “three times the national rate” is being modest. Who knows how many people have not yet been diagnosed. According to The New York Times, one-quarter of all infected people are unaware of their status. In comparison to other nationalities, white women account for 17% of new HIV cases and Latinas 15%. I think we can officially declare HIV as a Black woman’s disease. This isn’t something to be proud of; it is something to be ashamed of. Are Black women uninformed or do they just not care? They can keep ignoring these numbers but it’s only a matter of time before HIV takes you out. No Black women, no Black people. Between senseless shootings, jail and HIV, we’ll be gone in no time.
Have you figured out yet that a lot of times you are your own worst enemy? It’s your own reactions, your own fears, your own inadequacies that cause you to act in foolish ways. I know that’s true for me.
I need to be saved from myself because there are things I don’t like about me - things I wish I had done differently, things I’d like to change. But I can’t change them, not on my own power. I need an outside power source. You may be saying, “I can change.” I hate to say this, but you can’t.
Every year about this time, we make a list of New Year’s resolutions. But, by the end of January, that list will be in the dumpster. Why? Because you can’t change on your own; you need God’s power. You need a Savior, someone who can make the changes you can’t make yourself.
Let me make an important point here: God never wastes energy. He doesn’t waste effort on things that are unnecessary. In other words, if you didn’t need a Savior, he wouldn’t have sent one. The very fact that God sent a Savior means you need one. The truth is, if you are honest about it, sometimes you feel like your life is out of control. That’s a pretty common feeling. Welcome to the human race!
You may be looking for salvation in the wrong places, that’s why you’re frustrated. You’re looking for that one thing that’s going to give you fulfillment and meaning and peace in life.
Some of us think that if we could just get married, or if we could just get a certain job, or a promotion, or attain a certain level of wealth, or have a baby - or if our babies would grow up and graduate! - things would be great.
You’re looking in the wrong places. The answer is not in a place. It’s not in a program or a pill. The answer is a person: Jesus Christ. You were made by God and for God, and until you understand that, life is never going to make sense.
So let me just get real blunt, what are you expecting God to do in your life in 2011? If you expect him to do a lot, God can do a lot. If you expect him to do a little, God can do a little. If you don’t expect him to do anything, he won’t do anything because Jesus says, “According to your faith will it be done to you.” (Matthew 9:29 NIV)