Over the past few years, my wife and I have had an opportunity to donate and be involved with the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian. It has been an amazing privilege to see its fabulous collections and archives come to life, and since it’s Black History Month, I wanted to share a little about the museum.
The founding director of the museum, Lonnie G. Bunch, III, said, “This museum will tell the American story through the lens of African American history and culture. This is America’s story and so this museum is for all Americans.”
One of the things that happens when you have a medical crisis or a life-threatening illness is that you become more aware of the importance of nearly everything. You want to reach out to others and do what you can to help those around you because you’re so grateful to God for giving you more time.
When I choose to donate time or financial resources to causes, I do it because God has blessed me and gives me the opportunity to share His grace and His kindness with others. He prepared me so that I would be ready for such a time as this!
In your own way, God has prepared you as well. Our lives are all about stories and its through our personal and collective stories that we better understand how to live together, serve each other and shine the light God gave us to make this world a better place. I celebrate my heritage and I celebrate the gift that we each have to be a blessing to others. I celebrate Black History Month and the opening of this incredible museum, but I mostly celebrate the blessing of God that is available to anyone. I pray He blesses you in a mighty way today.
Each of you should give as you have decided in your heart to give. You should not be sad when you give, and you should not give because you feel forced to give. God loves the person who gives happily.
2 Corinthians 9:7, NCV