If you know me, then you know I love to read. The more I read, the more I learn and the more I grow. Learning and growing are two of my favorite things to do. I think it is just a waste to be on this earth, living this life and never growing. There is so much freedom in this life especially, in this country. We shouldn’t waste it.
Somehow, in a recent morning quiet time I began reading the book of Revelation. Not sure how that came to be but I learned quite a bit. Growing up, my grandmother would always tell us how life simply repeated itself because people don’t learn from their mistakes or from the situations of those who came before them. As I began reading Chapter 12 in Revelation, I was reminded of my grandmothers’ words. Reading this chapter taught me about the strength of women and the struggle that will forever haunt young boys who, without proper guidance, will become men under attack.
From reading this particular chapter in the bible, I thought about my own life and the lives of the boys I raised. When my love and I met, he had three boys and I had one. So, I had the pleasure of raising four boys. Saleem is now 25, DJ is 24, Jaylen is 21 and James is 15. Our two oldest are out on their own, Jaylen is doing well in college and the baby, James, is still at home giving us a run for our money. All of our boys are the sweetest, kindest human-beings I know. After reading Revelation, I think there is one area where we may have failed them. While we made every attempt to raise them to be respectful, thankful, grateful and to treat others as they wanted to be treated, I think we failed to teach them the undeniable power that they held within.
Yes, we took them to church, prayed with them and talked to them about developing a relationship with God, however, we didn’t tell them the story about how they’d be attacked on every side through no fault of their own. We didn’t know to tell that that the attacks they’d face were due to the power and strength they possessed to stand as the kings they were born to be. Our boys were born to be fighters, to stand up for what is right and to be examples of God on earth. When we know better, we do better. It’s never too late to turn and that is just what I intend to do. I will work to remind my boys that they are true kings of God and within them, God has placed all they need to fight against any darkness that is meant to take them down.