June is Black Music Month! To celebrate, each of our EmpowerMoments will be based on Black music for the entire month. This includes Black songwriters, producers or performers. Stay tuned as we use various genres of Black music to tell our stories and exemplify the beauty of God’s love! He can be found virtually anywhere if we earnestly look for Him and listen intently! Happy Black Music Month! Dance as if no one is watching!
One of my favorite songs is “All of Me” by John Legend. It’s such a beautiful love song! John Legend wrote the song for his wife, Christine Teigen. The song is about multiple things. First, it’s about his relationship with his wife. There is a giving of both parties and risk that is involved. The bridge of the songs says “give me all of you; cards on the table; we’re both showing hearts; risking it all though it’s hard.” There are also ups and downs in the relationship but they stick with each other through it all. The second part of the verse says, “the world is beating you down; I’m around through every mood.” The chorus of the song says, “give your all to me; I’ll give my all to you.” Secondly, the song is about how much he loves his wife and accepts her for who she is, which is mentioned in the chorus of the song:
“Cause all of me
Loves all of you
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imperfections
Give your all to me
I’ll give my all to you
You’re my end and my beginning
Even when I lose I’m winning
Cause I give you all of me
And you give me all of you, oh.”
While I was figuring out the main themes of the song, I thought about how our relationship with God is similar. We all come to God for various reasons. Our relationship with God involves us giving everything we have to Him. It’s a challenge for us to accept Christ into our lives because we are giving up who we use to be. 2nd Corinthians 5:17 NIV states, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” We have to leave our past, follow God, and give him our hearts. Matthew 16:24-25 states, “Then Jesus said to his disciples. “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.” As we give to God, He gives to us. He gives us His grace, His love, His mercy, His forgiveness, His peace, and Healing.
God loves and accept us for who we are. God loved us enough to send His son Jesus to die for our sins. How wonderful is that! John 3:16 NIV states, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal love”. God doesn’t expect us to be perfect. However, when we mess up, He expects us to repent. 2nd Corinthians 7:10 NIV states, “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” We can embrace God by realizing how much He loves and accepts us. God isn’t like man. He accepts us as soon as we come to him with a sincere heart, repent of our sins, and accept his son Jesus into our lives.
I don’t know what I would do without You in my life. I’m glad to have a relationship with You. Thank You for being there for me all the time. Thank You for accepting and loving me despite my shortcomings. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to embrace God’s love and acceptance. You don’t have to be perfect to come to Him. Give Him your all and He will do the same!
Listen to the beautiful words of John Legend’s “All of Me”
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Venus Gilmore currently resides in Auburn, AL. She is an alumna of Auburn University. Venus has B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Social Organization and Inequality with a minor in Social Work. She plans on pursuing a career in Social Services. She currently serves as the Mamie Reese Scholarship Director, and College Transition Program Director of her sorority Theta Phi Sigma Christian Sorority, Inc. Venus is also a blogger for Radical7even. She is an active Client Advocate volunteer for the Women’s Hope Medical Clinic. She successfully balances all of these responsibilities with her favorite scripture as motivation: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13)