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Press On With Purpose – Chadwick Boseman

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Last week we said good-bye to another African American icon, this time from the entertainment world. Cut down at the early age of 43, Chadwick Boseman thrilled moviegoers with his stellar performance in his role as T’Challa/Black Panther (2018). Prior to that, Boseman had starred in other notable movies such as 42 (2013), Get On Up (2014), and Marshall (2017).

Anyone who has followed the actor’s career will know that Boseman also played leading roles in numerous television series, including Law and Order, CSI, and ER. But what struck me about the young star is the wise counsel that he passed on to the graduating class of his alma mater Howard University in 2018. In his powerful address, Boseman said, “… press on with purpose.” He exemplified the meaning of those words as he continued to work even while battling cancer, co-producing and acting in 21 Bridges (2019) and Da 5 Bloods (2020).

Boseman’s words have stuck with me. Press on with purpose. They made me examine myself as a coach, a wife, mother, grand-mother, friend, human being. What is my purpose here on this earth? Why should I wake up each morning? To drink coffee and take up space? No. I must have a purpose, a reason for living, a testament to my being here. And if I resolve to press on with purpose, maybe, just maybe, I will make a difference in the lives of those who cross my path.

So as Boseman did, I challenge you to take a moment and ask yourself why are you here. What is your purpose? What makes you get out of bed each morning? Are you pressing on with purpose, with hope, with determination, or do you feel your life is empty, meaningless? Are you basing your hope in something or Someone higher than yourself, or are you relying on your strength?

Even with purpose you are liable to fail if you are relying on your strength alone. Boseman, who was raised a Christian, quoted a well-know verse of scripture from 1 Corinthians 3 : 6: I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So, go ahead, plant that seed, water it, but know that it is God who will ultimately make it grow.

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