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Reach Out!

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!

This Mother’s Day, I took my mom to see what she had been longing to see since it came out, The Motown Musical.  We had a ball!!!  We sang and cheered right along with the actors and actresses as they put on renditions of some of the most legendary Motown artists.  I was able to get us front row seats and my mom and I beamed with smiles from ear to ear as some members of the cast interacted with us along with a few others in the audience.  I enjoyed every song, really I did, yet one song I am still singing today.

Chorus:

Reach out and touch somebody’s hand

Make this world a better place, if you can

Reach out and touch somebody’s hand

Make this world a better place, if you can

 

First Verse:

Just try, take a little time out of your busy day

To give encouragement to someone who’s lost the way

Just try, or would I be talking to a stone, if I asked you

To share a problem that’s not your own, oh, no

We can change things, if we start giving

–Diana Ross – Reach Out & Touch

In this song, Diana Ross encourages us to be selfless and take the time to impact someone else’s life.  “Reach out and touch somebody’s hand, make this world a better place if you can.”  My mom always taught me to not be just a taker, but a giver.  Give to others who are in need and giving doesn’t just involve monetary things.  Give your time, a shoulder to cry on, a listening ear, your patience, a phone call out of the blue, a smile or a hug (you will be surprised how much a hug and a smile melts a heart).

One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. (Proverbs 11:24-25 NIV)

Jesus, our great role model and Lord and Savior, reached out and touched many hands and many lives.  He reached out to people that others had shunned and ostracized, He sat with people that others turned their noses up at, and He healed and cared for people even at the cost of His reputation and very own life.  He loved others as He loved Himself and He loved others as the Father loves us.  He demonstrated that it is not all about self.  I recall reading about the time when Jesus was awaken out of His sleep to teach a numerous people; I remember thinking I would have had an attitude, but He got up without hesitation and taught them with no complaints.  He knew that delivering the Word to them and having compassion upon them was more important, and that God would take care of Him as He took care of His Father’s business.

So, I encourage you today to reach out to someone, those you know and those you don’t know.  You never know what a person need or is going through.  All we see is the outer surface of a person.  We don’t see the many layers and we often don’t know the story behind the face.  Someone may be hurting from a childhood secret; someone may be experiencing depression, oppression or some debilitating disease; someone may just need a laugh, hug or just to know you care.  Someone may be struggling financially and feels ashamed to tell; someone may be struggling with sin and feel ashamed to share with another; someone may be dealing with the spirit of rejection, whatever it is, they need you to not just pray but also reach out with the Holy Spirit’s guidance.  And while we are meeting natural needs, remember the greatest need of all is salvation.  Someone we know or may not know needs to hear God’s Word and know that Jesus died and ROSE for us ALL to be saved, and that He loves us ALL!

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.  By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35 NKJV)

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for reaching out to us like only You can!  Thank You for encompassing me with Your great love and care and help me to exude this to others.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to reach out to others!  Impact and bless their lives with God’s love and Word.  Do this on a daily basis and enjoy how God moves in your lives!

Take a moment to listen to this song and let it motivate you to continue remembering to stop and lend a hand, prayer, smile, etc.

Here’s Diana Ross’ Reach Out and Touch (If you have trouble viewing the video, please click on the link)

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Ms. Tannika Moore loves the Lord and loves to write! Besides writing poetry or editing written work for family and friends, she currently works for NEIU Educational Talent Search program. She helps assist Chicago Public School students with their reading, writing, etc. as well as helps them consider and prepare for college. God, the Creator and Great Father has also created her to be a compassionate person and encourager so she loves to encourage people according to God’s Word and help them to see, think and become better through her support, actions and writing. In April, Ms. Tannika’s poetry book, Setting The Captive Free, was published. It is her first book. For more details and how to purchase your copy, visit stcfpoetrybook.com. Her favorite scripture comes from Philippians 1:6, “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you shall perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”

 

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1 thought on “Reach Out!”

  1. I’m happy to hear that you & your mom had a good time at The Motown Musical! I think it’s very important to reach out to people. Everyone needs someone in their corner.

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