By Tameka Williamson
As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.― Psalm 103:13
June is the time of the year where we celebrate the fathers in our life. We, at BLOG Magazine, want to wish all of the fathers a Happy Father’s Day! This issue is especially dedicated to you.
When you think of men who are fathers, the media and world will lead you to believe there are no good men or fathers in the world. Well, we know that is not the case and we plan to showcase these great men. You may fill the shoes of an absent father; serve as a mentor, god-father, father or step-father. Whatever the case may be, we ‘Thank You’ and Salute You for being dynamic fathers.
As I write this editorial, I think about my relationship with my father. It hasn’t always been peaches and cream, as he was not part of my life growing up. After lots of prayer, counseling, forgiveness and healing we finally have a relationship. It was no easy road; it was indeed a process – one worth taking. Fortunately during his absenteeism, God blessed me with an awesome step-father and a wonderful God-father to love and guide me along the way. Unfortunately, they didn’t totally fill the void that was present as a result, but, I continue to walk in my healing as my father and I strengthen our relationship. It takes more energy to be angry. So, I encourage you to take the high road, seek God’s help and guidance through prayer and pursue forgiveness. Forgiveness is not for anybody else, it is for you. Once you take the high road and do what God expects you to do as His child, you will feel lighter, happier and more excited about life. There is truly freedom and fulfillment in forgiveness and love. Walk in it!
“Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation. God settles the solitary in a home; he leads out the prisoners to prosperity, but the rebellious dwell in a parched land.”
Psalms 68: 5-6 ESV
In addition to the men God blessed me to have as a father or father figure; I also had the pleasure of being friends with and acquainted with some really great fathers. How they embraced the role of fatherhood with open arms and full responsibility, they are truly a blessing to the world and their local community. They make me proud to know them and call them friend. I’ve seen the countless sacrifices they’ve made to support, encourage and provide for their child(ren), in addition to mentoring fatherless children. This is what being a parent and role model is about. They are truly the antithesis of what statistics, the news, and the world says. These men serve their community as Firemen, Educators, Professionals, etc. Some have even started organizations to train and develop young men on how to overcome challenges and become responsible young leaders. As a result, their limitless love, commitment and contributions will enhance the fabric of their child(ren)’s lives and those they mentor. The bottom line is they are all making a difference and You can too. This is why we are highlighting and celebrating men in this June issue. We celebrate you, the awesome men who serve as fathers in any capacity.
To take this a step further, as you go into the second half of the year, reflect on the first half of the year and the unfortunate tragedies that has taken place in our country. Time is short, precious and waits on nobody. Since we are more apt to have issues with our fathers due to the lack of fathers in families, pray and meditate on ways you can find forgiveness in your heart, peace of mind and love the man who contributed to your birth. You may be thinking “he doesn’t deserve my forgiveness, time, energy or love.” Remember, this is not for him, it is for you! I want you to walk in the blessings of having the awesome life God destined you to have. The only way to do that is to overcome the challenges of your past, find the purpose in it and pursue a future filled with new opportunities.
“For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” – Matthew 6: 14-15
We at B.L.O.G. Magazine believe in You and know you can do it! Believe in yourself – Take action Today!
It’s time to celebrate….. Congratulations on being a great father – Happy Father’s Day!
Last, but not least, Happy Father’s Day to the father of all, our Heavenly Father. We are thankful for the love He gives, the life He allows us to have, His grace and mercy.
Editor in Chief, B.L.O.G. Magazine
Tameka Williamson, The WILL Power Success Coach and Your Personal College Coach is a Best Selling Author and a 6 Sigma Black Belt in Lean/Process Improvement, who analyze and create systems for change. She teach students and leaders about the 6 WILLs needed to Win in Education and Life that redefine the word Possible so they can accomplish more FASTER. Being a Certified Speaker, Trainer and Coach for the John Maxwell Team, she has developed programs around the 6 WILLs that bring positive, sustainable changes in people’s lives, businesses, and education. Winning Intentionally at Leading Life (WILL) is modeled developing 21st Century Leaders of Today, Tomorrow and the Future so they are positioned to Get Noticed, Get Admitted, Get Funded and Get Employed. She is also a graduate of Southern University A&M College with a Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and Webster University with a Masters of Business Administration. In addition to being an entrepreneur, coach, trainer, speaker and author, Tameka is an Adjunct Business Professor.