My Brother’s Keeper: No matter the struggle don’t give up

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With faith the size of a mustard seed, anything is possible

by Rev. Joseph McLin, Th.

Sometimes during conversations, I hear the words “am I worth it” or “is it worth it.” Well, those questions are always answered with a resounding “YES.”

My brothers, there is never a time or a place in life where that answer should not be the same. Many of us are being forced to adjust to decisions in our society that would not have us reach our full potential that lead to the feeling of self worth. This has certainly been the experience of African American men since our unwilling and forced arrival on the shores of this country. Societal conversations are very powerful and are significant in just how we may or may not accept the people we integrate with on a regular basis. Social conversation can be an exercise of personal evaluation of who I am in relation to others and their relationship to me. When we talk with, not to, each other we have a better sense of how we think and feel about our own situations, and purpose in life. We begin to organize the positive and negative views which help to make us better men.

The question of self worth can sometimes be an internal one. We can simply ask ourselves; what is the value of the contribution that I bring to the neighborhood in which I live and to my family that I want to live with in harmony. Am I putting more in then I am taking out?

For those of us on our Christian walk, this conversation is also a God conversation. Our conversation with God sometimes is simply asking for the same reassurances that we sometimes ask for in our personal relationships, but a more sacred one. The feeling of worth and value in ones self is the utopia of our everyday existence. We can trust God, because He sees us as being just what He made us to be; someone that truly has worth and value in His eyes. It is in God’s love for us that we actually find our true feeling of usefulness and meaning.

For too many of us we tend to let some elements of society determine our sense of worth and value. Carrying a gun, selling illegal commodities that harm the very fiber of the communities we live in, stepping on or over those that are weaker than us, stealing from neighbors, physically and mentally hurting those that are closest to us is not establishing any true measure of worth and value for us or where we live. Yet still, we have the restoring grace of God and His ability to transform us to return to contributors and not takers from our own society. At times when we feel our world seems hopeless and nothing is turning out right; everything that can go wrong does; and God seems nowhere to be found, I’ll ask you to remember this; when God made you He did so with a purpose and a plan.

He saw your days before you lived even one of them, and placed over you the covering of His Love. He has allowed nothing to come into your life that has not been screened through the Love He has for you. His hand has remained on you to this very day. He calls you by name. You are His beloved child, the apple of His eye, the delight of His heart. Today you are in the exact place He wants you to be, and tomorrow He will be with you as He has always been; in goodness, kindness and faithfulness always. And when you sometimes feel you are at your lowest point, and nothing is going right in your life, and you just don’t feel like going on;


God will never leave you to bear your burdens alone. Call on Him, ask Him to guide you through your troubled times; He will carry you and your burdens to that “Light that shines His Grace on us all. It’s like I said, God has a purpose and a plan.


Brothers, remember too, that the ultimate irony of faith, is that faith in itself can admit or stir doubt. It is the belief in things not yet seen. It’s beyond our capacity as human beings to actually know with certainty what God has planned for us or what He asks of us. For those of us that say we have faith, we must trust that His wisdom is greater than our own. These doubts should not take us away from our faith, but, it should humble us. It should compel us to remain open, curious and eager to be wary of too much self-righteousness. God hears the cry of each one of us. The problem is that we are sometimes not sensitive enough to hear His voice.

I leave you with 2nd Peter 1st Chapter-verses 5-7NIV.: “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance Godliness; and to Godliness, brotherly kindliness; and to brotherly kindliness, love.”

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