Don’t back away from your dreams!

The Rev. George R. Ames

By the Rev. George R. Ames Jr.

Recently, I read, “Triumph over Adversity, Rise Above, and The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen.”

In 1941, African-American men were training in Tuskegee Ala. to fly combat missions for the U.S. Army.

The Tuskegee Airmen flew approximately 1,500 missions during World War II. They were awarded with high military honors for their achievements which included the Distinguished Flying Cross, Silver Star, Purple Heart and the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest recognitions for National contributions.

The legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen teaches us to overcome obstacles instead of backing away from our dreams. The question is will you help or encourage others to rise above adversity to reach great heights? They taught us by their ability and integrity with their actions and accomplishments, success can be accomplished. We must believe in ourselves, work together and help others to succeed.

We can succeed if we follow six guiding principles based on the lessons of the Tuskegee Airmen.

• One, Aim High. Make your dreams come true by working hard. By aiming high, you can achieve more.

• Two, Believe in Yourself. Believe in your own abilities and work hard. Self confidence is always a key to success.

• Three, Use Your Brain. Your brain is like a muscle. Stop using it, and it gets weak. By using our brains we can realize our potential.

• Four, Never Quit, Be Persistent. Be Patient. Never ever quit.

• Five, Be Ready to Go, Every day is your chance to be a little smarter, a little stronger.

• Six, Expect to Win, If you believe great things will happen, they will.
God Bless!

Editor’s note: The Rev. George R. Ames Jr. is pastor of the Wesley Chapel Church on the corner of Andrews and Wesley Church Road. He may be reached at home at 410-221-1880; 410-330-0986.

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