Dear Reader: Stay on the Moral Path, and Don’t Allow Yourself to Become the Venom that Harmed You

Dear Reader,

I’m not sure how my words will find you when you read them, but I pray that they find you well and bring you hope and perspective.

“Watch over your heart, with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life. Let your eyes look directly ahead [toward the path of moral courage] and let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you [toward the path of integrity].” For it is wise to “consider well and watch carefully the path of your feet” (Proverbs 4:23, 25 & 26a AMP).

The content of character found within a good heart is that of sincerity and pure, and the beauty of such a heart comes from God. This heart is preserved by His wisdom and wise counsel, and we find such wisdom in Proverbs chapter 4. Beloved, God created you to be different, and you should know that it’s OK to be. His wisdom compels you toward the path of moral courage, and you should courageously choose to walk that path.

As I began to write to you concerning this subject and scripture, I found Inspiration in the beautiful life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I could hear the sound of his voice from the recorded audio as he spoke these profound words in his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech:

“But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.”

You see, Beloved, we too must “watch over our heart[s] with all diligence” and be steadfast and sure in all that we do.

As we seek to better our lives and take our rightful place in the history of time, we should strive to do so with moral courage, as a “drink from the cup of bitterness and hatred” will only spoil the good that is you. So, let us watch over our hearts with all diligence, for from it flows the springs of life.

I too deeply believe in the fundamental precepts and wise words of wisdom spoken by Dr. King – even today, and in every day of our lives – because true victory will never be found in becoming the venom that made you a victim. Dear Reader, we can only make a difference by being different, and we should never expect a different outcome (change) if we allow ourselves to put into our world the same poison that brought us harm.

Dear Reader, “the path of the just (righteous) is like the light of dawn that shines brighter and brighter until [it reaches its full strength and glory in] the perfect day” (Proverbs 4:18). Continue to trust God in your most difficult places, because He will see to it that you make it to the destination of His promises. I want you to know that you are not alone, and it is my prayer that this column will make you feel as though you have a place to belong and somewhere to call home.

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P.S., Yours Truly,
The Writer, Seneca Howard

Seneca Howard, The Writer

About Seneca Howard

Seneca Howard is a pastor, author, mentor, and motivational speaker who inspires the lives of others through crisis ministry, counsel, and personal development.

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