“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” – Luke 2: verses 11-14(KJV)
Christians have just experienced four weeks of the Advent season of Hope and Anticipation, followed by the wonderful celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; and we all are hoping and anticipating that the New Year will bring us all personally, better results, than the one we will now be leaving behind.
I pray for all, and ask the Lord that in this New Year, He give us renewed faith, and strength, lasting stamina, clarity of mind, and sincerity in our hearts to understand that no matter what the challenges that lie ahead for us, we will not be alone. For we know from the lessons that You have given us in the past, You will pick us up and carry us through any difficult times that may lie ahead.
I understand that this past year has not been an easy one for many of us; but we did some how make it through. Some of the things that attributed to “making it through” were the people that God has placed around us.
It is not an easy task in this world to go it alone. We do need other people to sometimes, help us realize that we are not alone in the challenges that may confront us.
One of the largest challenges we struggle with as men is that we sincerely believe that we can handle these challenges by ourselves. We are strong and powerful and can do anything without the help of anyone.
Well let me tell you from my own personal experiences, that at one time in my life I also believed those unbelievable thoughts. I believed that if I talked or confessed to someone, about my problems I was going through, I would appear to that someone that I was less of a man.
I am not advising you to share with everyone some of your most difficult situations you find yourself in; but sometimes, a listening ear from a friend could possibly ‘solve’ a problem you thought you had, without a word or advice from them in return. True friends lend an ear, not judgment and accept you as you are.
One thing we should try and remember to do is to keep a positive attitude. It can be contagious. A positive attitude can affect us and those we come in contact with on a daily basis.
These positive attitudes are reflected in the third of the seven principles of Kwanzaa – Ujima, (collective work and responsibility, to build and maintain our community together and make our sisters and brothers’ problems our problems and solve them together).
The men involved with “THE MEN’S NETWORK” of Community Baptist Church are an excellent example of collective work and responsibility. In this, their first year of existence they have taken children of the community on outings, financially supported black businesses, donated funds and services to their Vacation Bible School.
They have also transported women to and from their Annual Retreat at Green Lake; established the ‘Food for Families’ drive this holiday season; they have participated in the ‘Shoveling for Seniors’ program, where they shoveled sidewalks for disabled seniors.
There’s more: they have also held a fundraising barbecue this summer; installed a new roof on their church owned meeting place; and paid all utilities associated with the building at no cost to the church.
Medical, educational, legal, and elected professionals, and other local civic and community leaders are regular participants at the morning breakfast meetings held Tuesdays, at 8:30a.m., at 4242 W. North Ave.
We Are Our Brother’s Keeper!
As we leave this joyous season and move toward the New Year, let us continue to have Hope, Anticipation, and Faith in all whom we meet and all that we do. Let us make resolutions to be better disciples in spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ as the ‘Reason for the Season’ throughout the year.