James Meredith: First African American To Attend OleMiss. Never Give Up Hope.


I can only imagine how James Meredith felt when he decided to take the first step and walk in the segregated campus of the University of Mississippi back in the 1960’s. Being the first of anything is always an accomplishment in itself but pressuring an elected President to enforce civil rights on African Americans in the early sixties in Mississippi is an act to be forever recorded in a book. Meredith “wrote” history. Clearly, when you dream you can achieve regardless of what most fellows might say. Most Mississippians and a number of Americans know exactly who Meredith was and is today because of his perseverance and fight for equality and opportunity in the South and beyond. Hope is a gift and must be celebrated accordingly. Listen carefully: Never, under any circumstances, give up dreaming and following through with your life plans and desires. The good God has placed you in this world to do great things and is up to you to listen to Him along the way. We must allow God to move us to where he want us to go. Psalm 5:8 says, “O LORD, lead me in Your righteousness because of my foes; Make Your way straight before me.” We were born to achieve great things in this world that is for certain. There are many ways in which we can have hope and move forward to amazing things in life. Let me share with you three ways you can have more hope in your lives.

  1. Pray continuously. The bible is full of references about dedicated and continuous prayer. 1 John 5:14 states, This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” According to His will is key here, of course. In Jeremiah 29:12 is written, “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.”  Clearly, scripture encourages us to pray and trust God, two very important qualities of a human being who is seeking hope in a lost world under the sun. As long as you keep the faith, God will be with you. Hope, with faith and through prayer can move mountains.
  2. Trust God’s Covenant. You might be asking, “What is a covenant?” A covenant is an agreement between God and people. Just trust God’s covenants… A great example of what a covenant is can be traced back in 2 Samuel 7;12-13. Another covenant was between God and King David, in which David and his descendants were established as the royal heirs to the throne of the nation of Israel as it is written, “When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.” God takes care of His people. How hopeful can the former be, right? Hope is everywhere. The good news is that hope can be found if you seek with faith and great care.  
  3. Seek The Lamb. In John 1:29 we read, “The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” God is hope… being with God is a gift. Be close to God in both faith and choice. The rewards of such relationship are priceless. In Revelations 17:14, it reads, “These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.” Be assured that the God of the university is with you. Seek the Lamb and you shall not perish and have eternal life.

Never, under any circumstances, give up dreaming and following through with your life plans and desires. The good God has placed you in this world to do great things and is up to you to listen to Him along the way. The Psalmist writes in Psalms 147:11 “The LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.” If you are struggling with finding hope in your life, turn your souls straight to Christ for salvation. You will be amazed by how God will use you for His glory and exponentially increase hope in you life. If Meredith could attend the segregated University in Mississippi in the early 60’s, you can become and overcome adversity simply by turning your life decisions to God. There is hope, a lot of hope. Hope that one day, we shall live in peace once and for all.