“It is the Law that any difficulties that can come to you at any time, no matter what they are, must be exactly what you need most at the moment, to enable you to make the next step forward by overcoming them. The only real misfortune, the only real tragedy, comes when we suffer without learning the lesson.” – Emmet Fox
What’s the most recent lesson you learned from a difficulty? The most recent lesson I learned was on a poster in an elementary school Black History Month display that read, “They didn’t wait for an opportunity, they invented one”.
WOW. Don’t wait for an opportunity; invent one.
Isn’t that the definition of innovation, tenacity & determination? All month we’ve been talking about the opportunity to move and looking for ways to find freedom. THAT is exactly how we do it! We make it happen!!!!!
But how often have we stopped ourselves from accomplishing something, simply because we didn’t recognize it as a visible opportunity?
In John Maxwell’s book Learning From The Giants he says, “When we fail to meet challenges, we fail to meet our potential.” Maxwell defines the character of one of the most recognizable biblical giants, Joshua; as one that faced challenges with courage and faith; which allowed God to break the chains that could have kept him from reaching his potential.
Whenever I hear the name Joshua I immediately think of the words BE STRONG & COURAGEOUS. Joshua never let the obstacles outweigh the opportunities. These are character traits we should try to live out daily, gleaning from those who have paved the path for us. As a parent, these are foundational principles we want our children to grasp confidently and live boldly.
Parenting is tough. Tony Evans explains in Raising Kingdom Kids, “No parent does it perfectly, and most of us have regrets about the past and poor decisions we’ve made along the way.” He continues, “With wisdom from God we can teach our children principles that help them to live their lives according to God’s will and learn how to apply spiritual truth to life’s realities.”
When I think of Black History Month, the first connection that comes to mind are those truths of life’s realities. The realities that pressed & crafted things like character, strength, freedom, leadership, courage, and perseverance.
The bible story of Joshua is a perfect example of someone who paved a path of perseverance with tremendous wisdom from God; as did ‘other biblical giants’ Jacob, Daniel, the prophet Isaiah, Debra, and Job. Throughout Black History we find icons like Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Emmitt Till, George Washington Carver and Ben Carson whose lives reflect these same spiritual truths from God.
As I sat the other day jotting down the names of reputable men and women of integrity throughout Black History; I was moved to consider that much of our everyday lives can be attributed to Black History Month. And I can’t help but consider, perhaps it’s not just Black History, but it’s; HISstory. And if it’s His Story, it’s our story.
The traffic light, peanut butter, open heart surgery, the kid that received recognition for Principles Honor Roll, the internet, some of our favorite television shows and books and songs… it’s lathered on the pages of who’s who in history and that makes it ours. Only in life’s darkest times, can light shine the brightest. From the darkest valleys and highest achievements; significant contributions; big and small; to the wealth & wellbeing of every individual that ever lived; Black History is everything from the celebrity spotlight to the unsung hero.
It’s the soldiers and the moms, the factory workers and the schoolteachers, the athletes and the lawyers, the doctors and the dads. Anything that’s ever been laid down as the foundation of what we live today is our history.
I’ve pulled together a few items worth investing in which lend to the honoring of Black History month as we recognize it as all of our history.
Learning From The Giants by John Maxwell
If you could spend a few minutes with the giants of faith in the Old Testament in person, what lessons would they share with you?
In Learning From The Giants, John C. Maxwell draws on fifty years of studying the Bible to share the stories of Elijah, Elisha, Job, Jacob, Deborah, Isaiah, Jonah, Joshua and Daniel. These people fought and won epic battles, served kings, and endured great hardships for God to come out on the other side transformed through His grace.
Through them Maxwell explores timeless lessons we can learn about leadership, ourselves, and our relationship with God.
Successful Women Think Differently – Valerie Burton
Valorie Burton knows that successful women think in different ways. As a popular author and professional certified coach, she gives explanation on how they make decisions differently. They set goals differently and bounce back from failure differently. In her book, Successful Women Think Differently: 9 Habits to Make You Happier, Healthier & More Resilient, Valorie is dedicated to helping women create new thought processes that empower them to succeed in their relationships, finances, work, health and spiritual life.
Using this book to create new, godly habits, women will discover how to:
- Focus on solutions, not problems
- Choose courage over fear
- Nurture intentional relationships
- Take consistent action in the direction of their dreams
- Build the muscle of self-control
In this powerful and practical guide, Valorie provides women with insights into who we really are and gives us the tools, knowledge and understanding to succeed.
Raising Kingdom Kids Dr. Tony Evans
From Dr. Tony Evans, bestselling author of Kingdom Man and Kingdom Woman, comes Raising Kingdom Kids, a book written to equip parents with the knowledge on how to raise their children with a Kingdom perspective.
He begins with an overarching look at why we need Kingdom parenting, our roles and responsibilities in raising God-following children, and how to prepare children to take on the assignments God has for their lives.
He then turns to practical examples and illustrations to help parents understand and provide specific training for kids in the power of prayer, wisdom, loving God’s Word, getting through trials, controlling their tongues, developing patience, the surrender of service, and much more.
Raising Kingdom Kids is meant for every dad or mom who wants to fulfill the parenting role God has given them–not just in raising healthy kids intellectually, physically, and socially, but in contributing to their child’s relationship with God and alignment under His plan.
UNCONDITIONAL: Inspired by true events, Unconditional stars Michael Ealy and Lynn Collins
Samantha Crawford is living a storybook life: she’s happily married, she lives on a ranch where she keeps her beloved horse, and the stories she’s told and illustrated since childhood have become published books.
When her husband Billy is killed in a senseless act of violence, Sam loses her faith and her will to live. But a death-defying encounter with two children leads to a reunion with Joe, her oldest friend.
As Sam watches “Papa” Joe care for and love the kids in his under-resourced neighborhood, she begins to realize that no matter life’s circumstances, the love of God is always reaching out to us.
Through the pages & fabric of our history we find woven together a tapestry of virtuous men & women who laid down their lives for another.
No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13
Whether we are narrating the lives of history, flipping through the pages of the bible, singing the lyrics of a spiritual hymn or honoring a memorial of historical events we’ll find what Evans calls the Kingdom virtues of wisdom, integrity, faith, resiliency, purity and service.
“God’s promises for your family, future, your kids and more don’t come by you simply sitting around and waiting for them. They require you to act in faith.”
Black History, His Story, our history, is a chronicle of abundant acts of faith. What legacy will you leave in HIStory?
Disclosure: I received the above mentioned items for review as an official Family Christian Blogger. This post may contain affiliate links. All opinions stated are mine and in no way were influenced by receiving these items at no charge.