Navigating Biblical Manhood in Detroit
Jun 12, 2014
Disciple making is a vehicle to let young men know that they can, through a relationship with Jesus, have their lives rewritten. That God can give them a second chance at living right, and doing the right thing. Through biblical manhood the next generation of men see what it means to be a father, husband, disciple maker and friend.
When I first decided to become a Navigator, there was a joy unspeakable. I was given an opportunity to reshape, refocus and reaffirm many young men’s lives (especially those that look just like me). Disciple making is a vehicle to let young men know that they can, through a relationship with Jesus, have their lives rewritten. That God can give them a second chance at living right, and doing the right thing. That with God they can be the right person who is at the right place doing the right things and getting the right results.
By the grace of God, I have become a father figure to an amazing group of young men who have become big brothers to my son Kendall. It is one of the joys of being on a college campus and having Black young men in the ministry. Kendall has several big brothers to look up to and to challenge him. Kendall has the unique opportunity to see that it is possible to serve God while in college.
I have the pleasure of showing the next generation of men what it means to be a father, husband, disciple maker and friend. They get a front row seat to my life. And yes, they have to wear seat belts at times! I am not the perfect father, husband or disciple maker. I am just an open book for them to read and walk along side to see that it does not take a perfect person to a man rooted in biblical prinicples and applications. They get a chance to hear me say “no” to doing some wonderful things for the kingdom, so that my family comes first. Biblical manhood is a balancing act of trust. Trust between God and me as well as between me and my wife, Carolyn. I thank God for Carolyn being my rib. She provides everything that I need. She helps to shape me and protects me with prayer.
I remember during a quite time with God the story of Nehemiah came to mind. Nehemiah was dedicated to rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. He had several people who wanted to stop him. But God told him not to come down from that wall until the job was finished. This model is also true for me. God talked to me about what things He desired me to build while I am on this side of glory and which things had to wait. My mission has become: 1) Family First - ministry activities that take away from planned family activities, must be approved by the family. 2) My Navigator Ministry – must enhance the campus ministry at Wayne State University. 3) Diversity of the Navigators - assist in bringing more people of color into the family of Navigators to live out it’s vision and mission.
It sounds simple, but keeping a daily open dialogue with God is the key, communication is the engine and balance is the oil that keeps it going forward.
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