Considering the ongoing racial tensions that continue to flare, NFL star Charles “Peanut” Tillman believes that there are some simple steps that everyone can take to help forge unity, offering up a four-word piece of advice that he believes everyone should heed: "Just love one another."
In addition to showing care and compassion, Tillman, a cornerback for the Carolina Panthers, said that it's important for everyone to hold his or her judgements when dealing with contentious situations.
"Just love one another, man. Hold your judgement. We all have our faults ... don't be so quick to judge somebody, whether they're a police officer, whether they're black, whether they're white, whether they're Arab, Jewish — whatever," Tillman told The Church Boys podcast. "Just hold your judgment on that person."
Beyond that, the NFL player, who recently released a kids book titled, "The Middle School Rules of Charles Tillman," also said that it's essential to "speak with kindness" and love — actions that he believes are lacking in today's society.
Listen to Tillman's advice below:
"When someone pisses you off, pray that you have the patience to not respond back with harsh words," Tillman said, explaining that he's a Christian who diligently relies on prayer and reads the Bible to better understand the life lessons within.
He also spoke about his motivation for sharing his personal life experiences in "The Middle School Rules," a book that dives into the challenges that Tillman faced while growing up.
Recognizing that "athletes are idolized by kids," Tillman said that he was more than interested when he was approached to tell his story alongside author Sean Jensen, covering topics such as death, being profiled and surviving his parents' divorce.
"We wanted to write a book about some of the hardships that I had to go through when I was in middle school," Tillman explained. "I want to be [a] good role model for other peoples' kids."
Tillman said that he believes that many of today's young people are lacking love in their homes, explaining some of the important lessons that he was blessed to have learned as a young man.
"Think before you act," he said. "Don't let [a] 10-second decision crush you."
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