Jigoro Kano, founder of the martial art of Judo and the highest-ranking black belt the world had ever seen, revealed the secret to his success on his deathbed. His disciples gathered round, hanging on to every word of their master, Kano whispered his last desire: “When you bury me, I want you to bury me in a white belt.” The white belt – a color symbolic of humility, where a student begins his journey, the novice, the amateur – the lowest ranking belt in martial arts. Kano understood what too many miss, that the only way we stop growing is when we stop learning.
Years ago I had a friend who was sure he was supposed to get married. The problem, however, was that he hadn’t had a date in years. When I asked him if he went out much in order to try to meet someone or asked how we was planning to get something started, he simply said, “If it’s God’s will for me to get married, then God will provide what I need.” It sounded so right – too right. I replied, “Bro, unless you’re planning to marry a female pizza delivery driver, I think you need to clean yourself up a little, shave, and get out there to put some things in motion.” We both had a good laugh.
In the 19 years that have passed since Jesus Christ ambushed my life, choosing to talk openly about Him and my journey of faith has been a huge help in keeping the flame of faith alive.
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