All February, we are showcasing the works and life of Black New Thought Leaders, Ministers, and Luminaries.  This Sunday, we will honor the life and work of Michael Bernard Beckwith, founder of Agape.  Here is a little sample of his teaching:

“We are not here to live a challenge-free life.  Challenges come to activate latent capacities longing to emerge in, through, and as us.  So, when we’re facing a challenge, it’s beneficial to ask ourselves, What gift of growth is this challenge offering me?  It’s difficult, because society conditions us to believe that sucess means retiring on a yacht somewhere, whereas authentic success is the evolution of our soul.  So when we embrace challenge as an evolutionary accelerator, we realize it’s like a grain of sand in an oyster – we can expect a pearl to follow shortly.”

Michael Bernard Beckwith