While teaching Bible at Desire Street Academy I developed a series of lessons that I called “Famous African American Christians”. Approximately every Wednesday I would teach a lesson and help the students discover African Americans who became well known for many things, and who primarily gave glory to God for who they were. Some in the series are well known, others are not so much but who through a little research I ‘discovered’.
Why embark on a series such as this? Mainly because I love telling stories about people whose faith can inspire us all. A second reason is to educate people about some Christians who in my humble opinion people should know about. A third reason is that I pray that these stories will help break down barriers that still exist between those who worship primarily in racially divided churches.
You may use these stories for family devotions, for dorm discussions, for work discussions, for carpool discussions, at your Sunday School classes, youth groups, bowling league, at the barber, stylist, I don’t know, tell these stories! They’re interesting, fun, tragic, sad, inspiring.
Finally, if you have a suggestion for someone, send me a note, comment here, give me a phone call. I’ll do the research, writing, etc. I’m a teacher, it’s what I do, I enjoy it.
Check back Wednesday, I’ll have my first post. I’m not sure if I’ll produce one of these every day, but most days I’ll try.
We love Sundays. Interestingly, most of us despise the next day. There’s no TGIM restaurants. There’s no casual dress Mondays (there should be) Instead, we have to get back up and get going. Do you think that our dislike of Mondays are a tool of Satan?
The command to work came early in the Bible. Adam blew it, and God told him “6 days will you labor.” Ever have one of those I wish Adam hadn’t blown it moments on Sunday night?
Sunday is our time to give glory to God. I love reading some of my Desire Street students’ facebook posts on Sunday morning. They’re always something like “going to give God His due at Church this morning.”
Monday is our time to begin honoring God through our work. “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” (Colossians 3:23-24) Of course if the enemy gets us thinking negatively about our work, then our work will be negative. Opportunity lost to honor God.
Our work is a testimony to the world. Let’s do it!