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! Happy Black Music Month! Dance as if no one is watching!
Man is like a breath; his days are like a fleeting shadow. (Psalm 144:4 NIV)
This is for my peoples who just lost somebody
Your best friend, your baby, your man, or your lady
Put your hand way up high
We will never say bye (no, no, no)
Mamas, daddies, sisters, brothers, friends and cousins
This is for my peoples who lost their grandmothers
Lift your head to the sky ’cause we will never say bye
—Bye Bye by Mariah Carey
This past week I have learned that three young parents under the age of 30 have recently died. Most of the deaths were unexpected. At 25, I am not faced with the thought of death often. So to experience death this many times for those who seemed to have so much life ahead of them has been difficult. It makes me appreciate life more because we truly don’t know when our time is up. One thing that brings me comfort is the fact that I know that these individuals died in Christ so I will see them again.
This EmpowerMoment is to encourage you ladies to remember each day you have here on Earth is a gift. Do not waste time holding onto grudges or wait too long to reconnect with someone that has been on your mind. I recall having seen one of the individuals that passed just a few months prior. We talked about our children and how we should get together soon; unfortunately we never made the time to do so. I admit my attention is spread pretty thin. I am a full time single mother, part-time graduate student, full-time employee, but at the end of my life I doubt these will be the things that will catch my attention. My relationships with others will be at the forefront of my mind. I know this to be true because when one of these young women passed all I could think of was all the times I could have made more attempts to spend time with her.
She was a person with a sweet spirit who was always willing to help the less fortunate. My friends and I have decided to do something for her young daughter and I made a promise to myself to call, write, text or see someone that has been put on my spirit. I don’t want to have another regretful memory.
RIP LaChant Kelly, Mudi Mafemi and Peaches. Gone, but not forgotten. We will meet again!
Thank You for each day that You have given to me and my loved ones. Forgive me for any time that I have not used my time and resources wisely. Help me to be loving and kind to those around me so I may properly glorify Your name. I ask for a special outpouring of Your Spirit for those currently grieving. Give me the strength and courage to handle each task You have set before me. Help me to not get caught up in the lie that I will always have more time. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to make each day the Lord has given you count. Go after dreams deferred, reconcile broken relationships, and take risks. Tomorrow is not promised to any of us, but make sure you remember, “It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”
Please keep the families of LaChant Kelly, Mudi Mafemi and Peaches in your prayers.
Listen to Mariah Carey’s “Bye Bye”:
Ms. Renee` N. Chaffin is a single mother who has a heart for helping those less fortunate. She has been active in the non-profit sector, whether through volunteerism or professionally, for the past six years. She is passionate about sharing the love of God, her testimony and empowering people to discover their true potential that was bestowed on them by King of the Universe. Renee` is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration. While on her pursuit of higher education, she is on a seven year journey to challenge God to do ‘exceedingly and abundantly above all she can imagine’ in seven areas over the next seven years. Check out her journey at http://radical7even.wordpress.com. Her favorite scripture is I Peter 5:6: “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.”