Heart Felt Matters

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I was thinking one day about all of the great men and women who made such a great contribution to the world, our society and to our race. It was quite an overwhelming experience and made me proud to be an African American. These dynamic individuals accomplished things at a time they received little help or encouragement from the very society they were supposed to be a part of. These things were accomplished with limited resources. The author Ralph Ellison's observation of us as an invisible people was quite accurate. In spite of the numerous obstacles they faced, I can say without hesitation that our forefathers exemplified the scripture Ephesians 4:1. "I beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called."

We should keep in mind that when the bible speaks of "walking worthy of our vocation," it also includes taking care of our physical health. One of the "heart felt matters," I'm haunted by is the fact that so many in our race seem to ignore our health and personal lives as easily as we ignore the ground we walk on.

I've seen great intellectuals, accomplished athletes & entertainers, brilliant neighborhood friends as well as respected professionals become afflicted with "Ever" syndrome: they act however they choose, say whatever they want, do whatever they want, treat others however they want, have sex with whomever they want, drink and do drugs as however often they want. They appear never to consider the consequences of their actions. They forget the adage’"To whom much is given, much is required"; or the simple prayer: "May the words from my mouth and the meditations from my heart, be acceptable in the sight oh Lord." This is especially true when it comes to self’discipline.

Samson, one of the most famous characters in the bible exemplifies this. In the book of Judges 13:24 "the woman bore a son, and called his name Samson: and the child grew, and the LORD blessed him." Samson was called by God to be a deliverer and was given great physical strength to help fulfill this divine mission on earth. Even so, he lived his life forgetting his divine purpose to deliver his people. Judges 16:1 "Then went Samson to Gaza, and saw there an harlot, and went in unto her." This seems to be the path taken by so many. They perform well in their calling, but do poorly maintaining their spiritual, emotional and physical well being. This can have a detrimental effect on the fulfillment of God's purpose in their lives. Because of Samson's uncontrolled and undisciplined lifestyle, he died a lot earlier than he should have.

My "heart felt wish" as we travel on our "journey to wellness" is that we strive keep our spiritual, emotional and physical health in harmony with God so that we live long and well enough to fulfill His purpose for us here on earth. We all want to see God, but I personally don't want to see Him before I've done everything He put me on earth to accomplish.

Blessings on your journey to wellness
Rev. G.W. Tyles

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