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Farewell Until Next Time

Dear Y.B.M.:

I trust that you have enjoyed reading these letters of encouragement and challenge as much as I have enjoyed writing them.

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When This Life Is Over

Dear Y.B.M.:

I am writing to you this time about the end of your life. I read a book recently entitled: 7 Habits of Highly Successful People. In that book, the author mentioned the phrase: “Begin with the end in mind.” When you think about it, that is a very powerful principle for all of us to keep in mind. When you are lying in that grave, what would your life have meant? What would you have accomplished worthwhile? What, if anything worthwhile, would you have left behind? May I encourage you as that book encouraged me, to “begin with the end in mind”. Here are some things that you can do each day so that you can have a good ending as well as a good beginning:

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Proverbs for Young Men to Live By

Dear Y.B.M.:

Over the years, the Book of Proverbs in the Bible, has been a book that has helped me with many practical things in this life. May I encourage you to read this book at least twice a year. The Book of Proverbs has thirty-one chapters. Why not get into the habit of reading one chapter a day? The truths contained therein will help you greatly in your life. Here are just some of the key verses that have been a great help to me over the years:

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On Becoming Color-blind

Dear Y.B.M.:

I trust that you are winning over racism.

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Winning Over Racism

Dear Y.B.M.:

I trust that you are treating your brothers and sisters “according to the flesh” more kindly and with dignity and respect, and I also hope that you are mature enough to allow God to give you some good white friends to help you down the road on this most difficult journey.

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