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While I have been a huge fan of the TV series, “Being Mary Jane,” almost 48-hours later I still find myself struggling with her “It’s okay to be #2” speech to a group of high school girls. While I understand this show is aimed at capturing the reality of black single women, has our opportunities for a healthy, viable, loving, (and because we are discussing the context of the show, not for debate) and heterosexual relationship become so hopeless where NUMBER TWO is the best my sisters can aspire to reach. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 100 Black women, for every 87 Black men. By the time we rule out those impacted by the prison industrial complex, those who are homosexual, and those who prefer to date any other woman BUT a sistah, then the chances of being NUMBER ONE, may look a little bleak. But remember what the prophet Jeremiah says: For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29: 11, NIV) God’s plan to prosper you, give you peace, completeness, and safety, does not include fights with your married lover regarding whether or not he is sleeping in the same bed with his wife or the ignored text messages reminding you of your second place status. God’s plan to give you hope should not be lost in the self-deception of “perks without the work” that being NUMBER TWO necessitates. And God’s plan to give you a secure future, includes you not worrying about when you reap the seeds of adultery that were once sown and your place of the mistress turns to the forgotten SECOND wife. My sistahs, no matter what Mary Jane says on television, life is not a BET Drama Series. NUMBER TWO will NEVER get the same notoriety or respect as NUMBER ONE. God’s design and plans for you are better than the second slot. Don’t settle for NUMBER TWO, when you were created to be NUMBER ONE. In the same vein as the 1990 drug commercials, no one ever grows up and says I want to be someone’s second choice! Aim higher, God’s plans for you do!

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Today, Jude reminds us of the power of the God we serve: Now to my Savior that is able to keep me from falling – falling away from the plow, falling into temptation, falling onto depression, and falling toward despair And to present me faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy – joy because the mistakes of my past, present, and future, are covered by his 2,000 year old sacrifice, that allows me to be present in His glory To the only wise God who is my Savior – who formed the best plans, and used the best means to execute those plans to save me from myself Be Glory – the most exalted place in my life Majesty – the most set apart place in my life Dominion – the most effective overarching power in my life And Power – and the most authority to rule and reign in my life Both now – in feast or famine, sickness or health, peace or distress And Forevermore – come what may Amen – I absolutely trust and have confidence in you. ~Jude 24 & 25, KJV

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