One day I woke up and decided: This is the day. I’m just going to do it. I knew the master wasn’t going to let me go without a fight, and I knew if I tried to run and got caught, the master would kill me to set an example for any others who were contemplating running. Still, there was something inside of me saying, if you stay here, you’re dead anyway. If you know anything about slavery, you know this was the case for many runaway slaves. Most runaway slaves fled to freedom in the middle of the night, often pursued by barking bloodhounds.
I made up my mind: I’m going to run and keep running and not look back. I don’t know what lies ahead of me, but it cannot be any worse than the hell I have endured thus far. Was I scared? Yes, but my disgust with my living conditions at that time weighed more heavily on me than my fear of the unknown, so I ran. I had some help along the way. I encountered many hardships. There were times I thought I would die. There were times I prayed for death, but something pushed me to keep running. Then one day I looked up and I saw a sign that I was free…
What you have just read is a snippet from my first book: Runaway Slave; Run and Don’t Look Back. My official release/launch is Friday, October 18, 2019 (about 2 weeks away) and I am beyond excited. Not only am I excited for myself, but I am also excited about all the people who will be set free after reading this book. I am excited about the lives that will be transformed after reading this book. I am excited for the people who will be encouraged by reading my book, and they too will start (and finish) that book they’ve been wanting to write. I believe and decree this is the first of a series of books that shall come forth.
So, That Settles It. Did I mention that I am excited? Because I am so excited. Let me encourage you: Whatever it is that you KNOW you are supposed to do in this season, do it! I can’t even begin to tell you how much I procrastinated with this book. I started it about two years ago. I kept picking it up and putting it down. I continually asked God if He was sure He wanted me to do this (shaking my head at myself); and each time, His answer was a resounding “YES.” I will leave you with this:
- Set your goal
- Stay focused
- Eliminate distractions
- Keep going
- Don’t stop
- See it all the way through
- Finish what you started
Stay tuned for more details about my book: Runaway Slave; Run and Don’t Look Back. As we get closer to the launch, there will be giveaways and free promotions. If you haven’t done so, remember to subscribe to my blog and stay connected.
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him ( 1 Cor. 2:9 KJV).