I was thinking about the CD project released by my church, House of Prayer & Praise Ministries entitled, Expectancy. One of the tracks bellows out, “We cannot wait.” As I reflected on those words, it took me back to a book written by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. entitled, “Why We Can’t Wait.”
The book outlines the plight of the Negro since arriving in America. Because of the injustices and inhumanity endured from the shores of Africa, to the horrible middle passage, to slavery itself and to Jim-crow, it meticulously outlined why the Negro could no longer wait to experience the same rights and privileges afforded their Caucasian counterparts. The literary work emphatically illustrates that the Negro was no longer going to wait, but was ready to take action and embrace all of the promises as a citizen of the United States.
I realized we all reach a threshold where we can no longer wait as well. Many of us have not been exercising our privileges and rights. The ugly face of racism prevented African-Americans from experiencing the fullness of citizenship in a country they helped to build through their sweat and tears.
Oftentimes we find ourselves existing below our privilege because we have not tapped into the reservoir of resources that God has given us. No it was never God’s intention for us to fret over the uncertainty of this world, but to walk in complete victory as we become all He created us to be. For centuries, African-Americans were not allowed to experience the privileges inherent in citizenship because of the label of inferiority placed on them. In many instances, we are not experiencing all of our rights and privileges, because of inferior labels inflicted on us by either ourselves or others.
There comes a time when you have to say I can no longer wait for change to take place, because I am going to be an active participant in making change happen. There comes a time when you can no longer idly watch life passing you by without developing and exercising your God-given gifts and talents. There comes a time when you no longer allow outside stimulus to prohibit you from tapping into an infinite reservoir of overflowing opportunities. There comes a time when you no longer live as a second class citizen and you begin to expect more because you know you are a first class citizen. There comes a time when you say enough is enough. I’m taking back everything that has been withheld from me.
This is the time for you to move from idleness to expectancy. You see expectancy involves action. Expectancy involves forward deliberate motion. When you expect something more, you no longer are immobilized by fear; and “no” and “I can’t” no longer has a place in the lexicon of your life. Your mindset has elevated to expect “yes” and “I can.”
Even when all around you is a raging storm of uncertainty, you realize that you dwell in the heart of the storm where there is abundant life. You come to realize that outward circumstances have no dominion over your inner peace. It is this inner peace and joy that propels you to steadfastly move with an expectation unimaginable. You move from limitation, to the unlimited potential inherent in you from the day you were born. What begins to happen is that the fragments of famine and negativity no longer can skew your vision, because your vision causes them to become a micro dot on the landscape of your life and they no longer control your destiny.
Change your mindset! Expect more! Take action! Because you cannot afford to wait anymore!
Are you ready to take action? Are you ready to stop waiting, and be the change that makes things happen?
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