About the Inspiration:
The inspiration for this unique design began while I was riding on a crowded airplane 7 days before the tragic and unexpected death of my brother.
On June 20, 2007, I had a vision and made a prolific journal entry. I was sitting in front of a set of parents trying desperately to calm a frantic autistic child. As I looked at all of the angry faces of the squashed passengers sitting in near vicinity, and I listened to the parents struggle with their child... as a mom travelling alone on business...I began to think about the potential embarrassment the mom and dad were perhaps experiencing.
I began to sit and softly cry out of helplessness. Soon I heard another comforting set of words light up my heart.
"Every child is a gift. We all have a special gift. It is up to us to unwrap the gift and enjoy what it brings to our life."
About the Lesson Learned:
Here are the words that I journalized while sitting on that crowded and noisy plane?
A long time ago, God created the world, the universe, life itself. Once upon a time, everything was absolutely perfect. No flaws, no imperfections, no scars, no broken dreams, no painful arthritis, no bad images on T.V. There were clear and distinct roles for the earth, the sea and the weather. He knew exactly what a perfect gift he was giving us from the very start...the breath of life. It exists within all of us. Breathe in. Close your eyes. Breathe out. Your perfect gift is to be able to do that on your own. You can do it all by yourself. When you came into the world on your birthday, guess what? No one had to teach you how to do this. God had already created a perfect setting for you to take this gift and to be able to know now that he already decided why you need to take that breath on your own.
U are special and uniquely made. He is going to make you perfect through the experiences that you encounter today and tomorrow.
We all have special gifts, and we must celebrate them. We can begin to enjoy and share these gifts by carefully opening them up. It is selfish to complain about things we do not have in life when our gifts have yet to be opened up. It is rude to not say, "Thank you for my gift" when you have not even accepted your gift. It is a shame to focus on someone else's gift when yours is sitting in your hands unopened.
Gifted by God is a subtle reminder to us all to take the time to share your love for positive growth for the little munchkins in all of our lives.
GIFTED BY GOD
Frequently Asked Questions About the GbG Trademark Design:
1) What is the stuff at the bottom of GBG is it the artist's signature?
Kind of...It is my signature writing of the words "Gifted by God".
2) Why is it so challenging to read the words "GIFTED by GOD"?
There is a little story that goes with this message. My big brother Bernie who passed away in June 2007 is the inspiration for this touch. Back in the early 1990s, he and members of the St. Bernadine's Catholic Church Choir travelled to Rome to perform for the Pope. When he returned he brought home a piece of wood with hieroglyphic looking writing on it for my mom as a souvenir.
My mom sat down on her couch and turned the block backwards, forwards and upside down. Finally, we both sat staring perplexed at this block of wood and somewhat confused on why it was considered so special. He kept on challenging us and asking us "what does it say?"
We of course guessed and guessed and had NO CLUE what it said. He finally gave us our first hint. He said, "It is someone who is always there even when you can't see him and once your eyes are trained on how to see him you will always be able to do it on your own". So we continued to guess but truly thought he was making it up because the wooden block did not have any legible letters written on it. Finally we gave up. He told us "Just focus on the wood and not the letters, and you will see him clearly". Sure enough, it said "JESUS". So everytime I see those blocks I can see it.
So as I was putting the finishing touches on the design, my mind and heart flashed back to his memory. I thought once a person sees a child wearing the GbG design he or she will ALWAYS know that the child is gifted by god regardless of HOW it is written beneath the heart on apparel. For those who strive to restrict children from wearing inspirational words...this design is NOT for U to understand.
3) What is the CORE MESSAGE of the GbG Design?
Every child is God's gift to the world. Psalm 127:3 says "Children are a gift of the Lord". We created this design out of our love for God and our desire to spread the message that our children are precious, need nurturing and carry the future on their tiny shoulders. What we invest today, will reap tomorrow's dividends.
"U are uniquely created with a special gift that can bring you the greatest joy in life. Everyone is programmed with their own gift. It is an ability that some must be specially trained to be able to do. You were born with this gift. It takes confidence to find it. It takes confidence to use it. It takes confidence to share it. U deserve to feel good about having this gift. Never doubt your value in this world.
4) What is the RED/BLACK/GREEN (RBG) design?
HBCU kidz, Inc. joined together with a partner Unitee Design Group for a special Red/Black/Green design along with our original signature design which is a strikingly modern GOLD logo