Serve others and be true to yourself

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Dear Michael,

You are a young man living in an extraordinary time. I have some words of wisdom to share with you as you embark on this new venture into an adult world.

First, remember that you are standing on the shoulders of past generations who did not enjoy the freedoms or privileges of society that you enjoy. You are the hope for your present generation, your community and your family. Always remember that the well being of humankind depends upon your stewardship of the inherited resources of your present environment.

Secondly, remember that you are a person born “on purpose” with purpose for a purpose. While others may doubt you, always believe that you are called to be an asset to society rather than a menace to society. Keep your heart open to respect the providential placement of others who make up this diverse world culture; they too have a purpose. Always know that you may not agree or fully understand the different social or religious perspective of others and some life choices that others choose may be somewhat confusing, yet every person should be judged based upon their character and conduct; never assign preconceived labels to anyone.

Third, live to serve, not to be served. Give your total self to whatever cause that ignites your zeal and passion for service; never give a half-hearted effort for that effort will define you or mischaracterize you. It will provide fodder for your detractors and others who wish to injure you.

Finally, love yourself, be yourself and watch yourself. Always be true to yourself, the most injurious lie is the one that you tell yourself. Always be true to your moral compass guided by the teachings of your faith. As you prepare to leave home, never leave your home training, for you, young man, that means, “Love God and love God’s creation.”

If you do these things, you will find that your path will be filled with more good days than bad!

Sincerely yours,

Dr. Michael A. Evans, Senior

Senior Pastor

Bethlehem Baptist Church

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