• Kimberly Dunham

Wakanda Forever!

We lost an icon, a role model, a superhero this weekend. Chadwick Boseman was all those things and more. He was a man who lived his life with purpose. He was thoughtful about the roles he played, wanting to be sure there was a deeper meaning than what you saw on the surface. Each role personified someone who made a difference in the world. In Black Panther, there was a comic book hero that looked like millions of boys and girls who had no one to look up to in the Marvel world until he came along. In 42, it was Jackie Robinson, who broke the racial barriers to major league baseball, and, then there was Thurgood Marshall, the first black supreme court justice, and, in Get on Up, about the life of James Brown to which he brought meaning, and humanity to the man. Given his circumstances, he could have pulled the plug on any one of these projects and faded into the sunset to focus on fighting the good fight against his cancer but he chose to stand tall and fight the fight to the end without letting on that he had so much going on in his life. He was a servant leader and his relationship with God was apparent throughout his life. He spoke about God, giving Him honor and praise for his accomplishments. I love where he said, "‘We have a responsibility to the world to be a beacon of light.” He's so right. God tells us to be a light on a hill not to be hidden under a bushel. The icon may be gone but his light (legacy) will shine on in the darkness. I challenge you to make something of your life today. L.I.V.E. it to the fullest. Don't let excuses get in your way. Don't let satan keep you down. Don't waste another moment grieving for one who gave so freely and wouldn't want us to linger on his death but celebrate his life. And how fitting than to L.I.V.E. your life to its fullest potential, one day at a time.

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