Letters to Trayvon



In light of the tragic shooting death of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old unarmed young black man, and the explosive aftermath that has come from that across the nation, allow me to share with you a couple of letters that I wrote to my 3 Trayvons and to all of the Trayvons in America in my Essence national bestselling book, “Letters To Young Black Men”. We know over a quarter of a million young men have read these letters because that is how many copies have sold, and if they shared it with their friends that number has quadrupled. It is my prayer and hope that Trayvon read it and applied it to his life before he was tragically killed. Since it is obviously true that all of us are Trayvon and any one of us can die at any time for no reason it is important that you listen to this message and take heed to it.


Dear Y.B.M.:

I am writing this letter from Hamden, Connecticut. I trust that you are doing well in these days.

Recently, I was speaking at a church in Orlando, Florida, and I saw a sign on the front of the pulpit that read:

The Main Thing
Is To Keep
The Main Thing
The Main Thing.

In this letter, I would like to speak to you about the most important aspect of your life — your Spiritual Life: the Main Thing. Now, you may not now think that your spiritual life is the most important part of your life, but trust me, it is. The longer you live on planet earth, the more you realize that life is more about the inner man than the outer man; for you see, you are not a body with a spirit. Rather, you are a spirit with a body. If your physical body would fall away, you would still exist.

Jesus said in Matthew 4:4: “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”

I realize that talking about things spiritual is not popular these days, and it may not be what you wish to talk about at this time. I recall, when I was a child and got sick with what they called the “whooping cough” or some type of flu or cold, my dear grandmother Beaman and/or my great-grandmother Breedlove would give me something that I didn’t like — but needed. It was called “Castor Oil”. Dear Y.B.M., you may not like all that I am talking with you about, or you may not be interested in what I am talking with you about, but being that I have gone the way that you are going, I can say firmly and lovingly that you need it!

Your spiritual life, your relationship with God, should be your number one priority in this life. No, it is not your health, your wealth, or even your education. It is God and God alone! There was a time that we as a race of people put more of an emphasis on the spiritual life than we do now. Today, however, we place more of an emphasis on the body, material things and money. And we wonder why we have the murder, mayhem and madness in our community!

Young man, you can be a part of turning things around for your people. But you must put God first and make your spiritual life priority number one.

Jesus also said in Mark 8:36: “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”


Dear Y.B.M.:

I trust that you are doing well today. I am doing fine.

If you have not done so already, may I strongly encourage you to get to know your God? Dear friend, you will not have a happy, fulfilling, successful life without God as your center. It simply will not happen.

Now when I say get to know God, I am not talking about joining a church, getting baptized, doing good works, or becoming more active in church. I am talking about getting to know God personally for yourself. Here is what I mean:

First of all, understand that you are a sinner like the rest of us. Yes, believe it or not, each of us born into this world has sinned. Each one of us has broken the laws of God. The Bible states plainly in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, God wants us to understand that because of our sin, there is a great punishment and that punishment is death — both spiritual death and physical death. You see, because of sin, we not only die physically, but also because of sin we die spiritually. This spiritual death is actually eternal separation from God in a place called Hell. Notice what God’s Word says about this death in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Revelation 21:8 says, “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Third, after realizing our sad and condemned condition, God wants us to understand that He loves us more than we love ourselves. He loves us so much that He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to live, suffer, shed His blood and die on Calvary’s cross for your sin and mine. After Jesus’ earth-shaking death that day, He was buried and three days later He arose again by the power of God. You remember this verse, don’t you? You probably learned it in Sunday School when you were a child:

John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

In order to really know God, you must go through His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Notice what Jesus Christ said Himself:

John 14:6 says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

Jesus Christ is the only way to God. Jesus Christ is the only way to joy, peace and to eternal life. Here is how to accept Him into your heart according to the scriptures:

Romans 10:9 reads, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

Romans 10:13 states, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Dear friend of mine, if you want to know God, the source of all love, joy, peace, real happiness and true success, believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died, was buried and rose again for you, and ask Him to come into your heart and save you. And He will. You have God’s Word on it.

If you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me the following simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour!

Believe by faith. Share the faith. and Keep the faith! God Bless You!