Happy birthday to me


Today I turn 49 years old. It is hard to believe that when I was 16 years old I did not think I would make it to age 30. It was because there were gangs in Detroit and Black males between the ages of 18 and 34 were killing each other or going to jail.

So, I made it…and some. I have learned so much between the ages of 16 and 32 and now 32 to 49 I believe that I have arrived in a few areas and I would like to share.


First, I am thoroughly convinced that I am overall a good person and I love me unconditionally. I make mistakes, I am flawed, I still carry a level of inmaturity and I’m OK with all of that. I love being me and I would not trade that for the world.

Second, I do not have or own anything that I am not willing to part with. Understand what I am saying, all material things serve as my enjoyment, but I can give them up in a heartbeat. Furthermore, my “status” in life does not define me. I am a pastor, author, business owner, psychotherapist and family man and if it all ended today it would be well with my soul. The reason is because I understand that all of these things came with an expiration date. If my bible study is correct, my real treasure is in heaven.


The last thing I will share is that I am most proud of this truth: I am my own man. I am free to do as I please and I chose to serve Jesus the Christ. I understand that whatever I set my mind to do, I can do it. I am not loyal to any earthly group and my belief and ideas are not shared or pressured with a common interest. I am a driver. I make things happen and I fix things. I have many items available to help in my tool belt and I am an agent of change. I am a healer.

So as I celebrate the day of my birth, I thank all who thought to give me a shout or post something on social media. I am praying for continued growth, health and strength but most importantly that I can always live with the person I see in the mirror. Thank you God that I am not a sellout and I understand that I have been purchased already and my soul is not for sale. More on this in 364 days!

8 Replies to “Happy birthday to me”

  1. Happy birthday Clyde and may God continue to bless you more and more each day. It has been a pleasure to have met you and just to have had you in my world. Though time and distance have separate us its a pleasure to call you friend. We have shared many laughs, good times, good singing and good food, Happy birthday brother enjoy your day love you. Tell the family hello for me.

    1. Doris, you left me speechless…your truth is so piercing that it has taken me back to the Millennium! I share the same sentiments and will always love you dearly! Thank you!

  2. Brother you are the real deal! As your Brother I my love for you have exceeded my expectations. Thank you for all you do and will continue to for the Kingdom of God. Your humility speaks volumes and a place where being the point man can be overwhelming and many times big headed. One can begin to think they can Lord over you because they have more spiritual knowledge or experience. Doc you are the comfortable in your own skin and care about people in general. But especially the household of faith. Happy Birthday Dr. Mayberry ! You have made it this day! Love you much!
    Brother Washington


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