Michael O. Brooks, CEO and chairman, Brooks Financial Group, Inc.: Why I Love Baltimore

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“But let him ask in faith without doubting. For the doubter is like the surging sea, driven and tossed by the wind.” (James 1:6)

“I will instruct you and show you the way to go, with my eye on you, I will give counsel.” (Psalm 32:8)

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

The events of the past weeks in Baltimore — our town, our home, and our community — are upsetting and sad. There are so many factors contributing to the expressions released by our city’s citizens and leaders, triggered by the untimely death of Freddie Gray and the ensuing investigations. My point of sharing today is not to speak to the destructive works that took place or the challenges associated with bringing about real and positive change. Rather, my core reason for sharing is as a gesture of compassion and leadership for those in need. It is time, in my humble opinion, to take pause — a decompression stop, if you will — and turn to the voice within, praying for a path to love as our cure.

If we first start with our own spirit and determine to not only make a personal change, but to also servant lead others with love and compassion, the light within us will shine and empower others to liberate their own hearts and follow our positive example. Though it takes effort on many levels, it is my belief that as we lead with a loving heart and bring forth what is within us, change will occur.

Living and serving our spirit, honors our Lord. By expressing love, in all of our works, acts, and words, we can change this world, heal generational wounds, and promote the dream of all, which is to live in peace and happiness. Love fuels everything. Love of self, love of family, love of neighbor, and love of community. My message is a call for change. We are all children of our Lord and we are all intended to shine. Let’s do so by sharing our love, serving one another, and remembering that “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.” (Luke 18:27)

The entire Brooks Financial Group community, and members of the BFG Community Foundation, is praying for our neighbors, our community, and our country. We are sad but we are not paralyzed. As an enterprise of spirited leaders, we will take action. Through intentional works and efforts, we will serve others with care and with heart. It is our hope that you too will take the time to consider and embrace the endless possibilities we have to bring forth expressions of love for those we serve in our community.

On behalf of all of us at Brooks Financial Group, I offer this message of hope as a call to action for promoting change. May you be blessed with the wisdom to focus on what is important. To us, this means elevating Love and placing it in the forefront so that as God’s children and His army, we might be empowered by faith to forge forward.