If you ever have the blessing to meet Aaron; it is an experience. Aaron enjoys life and through the very expression of his smile, Aaron reminds you that God has indeed put good things in our creation. Aaron is a strong husband and father. He enjoys using his gift of music to inspire and set the mood for couples.
What does it mean to be a husband?
Ironically after seeing my parents split at the age of 6, it made me want to be the best husband that I could be. Kinda crazy thinking for a 6 year old but I remember it like it was yesterday. After the divorce was final, I went into the bathroom by my room, closed the door, sat down and prayed to God. I made him a promise that I would save myself for marriage if He promised to send me a wife that would never leave my side. Lord knows, I failed on my promise but God still had my request on His To- Do List. He was faithful even when I was not faithful. (Insert praise break). So to me, being a husband means that I will always be available to the gift that God has given me; emotional, physically and spiritually. I will be gentle with my wife’s heart and feelings. I will be faithful. I will protect her. The more that I think about it, really words can’t fully express what it truly means to be a husband. I mean, there’s 7.2 billion people in this world and God saw it fit to pair us together to live and die together. So as a husband I am to protect the heart of my wife that God has lend me.
What does it mean to be a father?
Being a father is something that is kinda hard for me to describe. I tend to think about what being a GOOD father is based off my memories of what I wished my father was like when I was a kid (He is a GREAT father now by the way). So being a father to me means being the biggest cheerleader for my sons. It means always having their back. It means standing by their side and always being a good Godly example leading in the front of them and blazing the path for them to follow. It means being vulnerable and admitting when I have made a mistake. It means celebrating all their successes and teaching them how to overcome their short comings.
What is the example you are seeking to set for your children?
I desire for my sons to follow and trust in Christ, to believe in themselves and stand for what is right. Therefore I try to set those examples and make my work visible to them so that they can follow the appropriate path. I want to set an example of hard work, patience and faith.
What contributions are you making to your city?
I currently work as the Event Coordinator/Marketing Director for Global Kids- AR/jUSt (Just Us). We as an organization focus on transforming urban youth into successful students as well as global and community leaders. Using interactive and experiential methods to educate youth about critical international and foreign policy issues. Last year we raised over 40K through crowd-funding, special events and corporate sponsorship to send 8 unprivileged children to Costa Rico for this experience. We are looking to do the same this year and also start jUSt afterschool programs in several communities across Central Arkansas.
What do you desire as a legacy? I want to be remembered as a very fashionable man that had fun doing God’s will.
What is your hope for African American Men?
With 50% of all African American marriages ending in divorces, I hope that we as African American men start understanding our value in our household and in turn lower that rate amongst black families. When we change that, we can make a positive impact in our communities and ultimately change the world.