It never fails that when we strive to become the very best that we can become, people come out of the wood works trying to remind us of what we used to be. Much of what is taking place in the events surrounding Trayvon Martin, with people digging through his past to defend what possibly caused his murder, is an example of what happens when people see you gaining some momentum, and for fear of what you might become, they dig up something from your past to remind you of who you used to be. The Black community has responded to the recent death of Trayvon in alarming numbers, to both the surprise and fear of the predominantly white government and communities. In an effort to slow the momentum of the black community, some people have begun to dig up dirt on Trayvon trying to portray him in a negative light that is intended to somehow persuade people that he deserved to be gunned down in his neighborhood. I’M NOT BUYING IT! I know that people make mistakes and are not perfect, but I also know that God, if allowed to, has a way of shaping people to become outstanding individuals who help to prosper their communities and the Kingdom of God. I am fully aware of the power of God and how God’s power can redeem people who were once traveling down a destructive path.
The media and others who desire to drag Trayvon’s name through the dirt must remember that a person’s past does not always dictate their future. Perhaps Trayvon could have been an NFL player, CEO, NFL team owner, lawyer, doctor, or even the next President of the United States. Who knows? But in memory of Trayvon and all of those who,(like him) have suffered because of the judgmental thoughts of others, we must not let our past dictate our future. For those, who in the past, have been judged by the color of their skin, the shape of their bodies, the length of their hair, the grades on their report cards, the styles of their clothing, etc., don’t let the judgments of others stop you from becoming the best YOU you can be. And most importantly don’t let your own thoughts about your past stifle your growth and cause you to forfeit your future. Your past can only dictate your future IF YOU LET IT.