What’s Up with That?

While running errands, I noticed a group of young adult men hanging around talking to one another. On the surface, there wasn’t anything distinguishing about them except for the fact that they were constantly trying to “one up” each other in a verbally dangerous game of teasing with “Yo Mama” jokes.

I wanted to find out quickly who the leader was, so I said, “What’s up fellas?”, and they quickly gave me a subtle head nod of greeting. I quickly cut to the chase and asked, “Which one of you would speak to your momma the way you’re describing her right now?” If there were ever a time to cue the crickets sound effects, it was now. You could hear a pin drop.

Surely, they must have thought, “Who is this guy?”, yet the looks on their collective faces seem to say, “Not me!” I went on to say, “You know, it’s yo momma that carried you in her belly for 9-months without quitting, she gave you love, changed your diapers, wiped your snotty little noses, fed you, and I think she deserves a lot more respect than you’re giving her and other mothers that you don’t even know.”

Then I looked at them all in their eyes and concluded, “Whoever the leader is in your group has the responsibility to do what’s right and influence others to do what’s right, unless that person doesn’t know what’s right. Considering that not one of these young men grew up with their father present in their homes, it would surprise no one that their outlet for affirmation is spent in tearing one other down.

LEADERSHIP without RESPONSIBILITY and ACCOUNTABILITY is just another way of saying, “I choose to be lazy and mooch off the rest of the world, so I’m going to have my cake and eat it too!”

You are better than that, and you have a responsibility to your Creator, yourself, and others. Now let’s get to the dirty work of humbling ourselves and living our purpose in life. Share your comments below! Id’ love to hear from you.

Until next time, Be encouraged.


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