It was the awesome, African-centered psychologist, Dr. Asa Hilliard, who declared that “As you keep living, know that you are an ancestor becoming. So manage your footsteps wisely.”
In our world, we are confronted with numerous issues daily. In the public sphere, we, as African Americans, wrestle with the fact that we are proud of the fact that we have elected the first African American President in the history of the United States. Yet, we have to be honest and admit that, while he has done good work, there are other decisions made by the POTUS that have adversely affected the Black community. In the public sphere, we celebrate the government- sponsored killing of a terrorist in Bin Laden by having parties outside the White House, while refusing to attack the terrorism of racism, sexism, homophobia, poverty, classism, health disparities, and other systemic forms of terror that are literally killing our people. In the public sphere, we are confronted with the fact that as the economy worsens, so does the plight of African Americans. In the public sphere, we have to wrestle with the fact that prisonsare the “New Jim Crow,” and the prison industrial complex, in my estimation, is the number 1 issue for us to attack. Right here in University Park, IL, we continue to have no means of getting fresh fruits and vegetables to members of our community who do not have cars or transportation.
That is in the public. However, if you bring it to the church, there are some concerns as well. We are a church that is growing. We are a church that is not the same church that existed 50 years ago. And in growing, there are some ministries and some opportunities that have not materialized as of yet. There are some challenges we face, even as we are growing.
If you keep looking, and if you are honest with yourself, you will acknowledge that there are some challenges in your own life. The weight you want to lose. The habit you want to break. The productivity you want to engender in your life. All of us have personal issues as well!
Here’s my point. Whether in the public, or here in the parish, or in your personal Life, we must remember that, regardless of what goes on around us, we have footsteps to manage. That simply means that, although it is important to call a spade a spade, we cannot afford to just complain about what is wrong in the public, in the parish, or in our personal lives. We must manage our footsteps and sometimes even fight, so that a foundation is forged not only for us, but for those coming behind us.
This becomes an issue of stewardship! What are you doing with the life that God has given you? How are you managing the footsteps that God allows you to take daily? What are you doing with your time, your talent, your treasure, and your testimony (your story). How are you using what God has gifted you with, as you become an ancestor becoming?
“As you keep living, know that you are an ancestor becoming. So manage your footsteps wisely.”