Predestined for Greatness

When I was 4yrs old, I knew I was going to be a singer.  My first solo performance at Jackson Boulevard Christian Church, on the westside of the Chi, was, ‘This little light of mine’.  You couldn’t tell me that I wasn’t sanging.  More like half singing/half whispering into the mic, and staring at my feet so I couldn’t see  my mother motioning like crazy  for me to look up, smile and sing into the mic.  Good thing I got a little bit better at the whole singing thing 🙂 When I turned 12, I knew I was going to be a lawyer and marry Michael Jackson.  I loved to argue with just about anybody, and because I was so detail oriented, I actually believed I was always right.  And who didn’t want to marry Michael Jackson back then?  Come on now!  When I turned 21, I had not a clue what I was going to be.  I just knew that if I needed to graduate before my family started asking me to give back all the money they’d sent me over the years.  Now at 30something :), I’m growing more and more aware that it’s not the knowing that matters…it’s the believing and having Faith in that knowledge and acting upon it.  You don’t have to be one thing, because God has given every one of us unique talents and gifts.  It is up to us to use those gifts and talents for His purpose.  One of my favorite lines in one of my favorite movies, Slumdog Millionaire, is just three simple words, “It is written.”  How many times have you really thought about what that really means?  We were not put on this Earth to fail, we have a destiny that has already been put into words. 

I hear people say all the time that they don’t believe in destiny.  Or they say I make my destiny, nobody else controls that.  Well, in order to question or doubt something, one must know the true meaning of the word.  The Webster definition (if y’all haven’t realized by now, I’m big on doing my research lol) of destiny is a predetermined course of events often held to be an irresistible power.  Now I know we all have the ability to choose, yet we all know that that same ability has sometimes been our downfall.  However, the great news is that no matter where we fall after making that choice, God is always there to help lift us up and bring us back to where we should’ve been all along.  Also, when we make the right choice, I know y’all don’t pat yourself on the back like YOU actually made that decision on your own?  Chile please!  That’s the choice you were supposed to make, and you listened to that voice and felt the lugging on your heart , and did it.  Doors open, doors close, people come and people go…all of this is for a reason.  This is why God doesn’t want us to worry ourselves by questioning why, for the understanding of the situation or the person’s purpose may not come to us quickly.  It may take another event or another person to help us realize why what happened before had to happen.  If you are still not persuaded, let me take it to the Word.

In Ephesians 1:11 it states, “In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined  according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own free will.”  See, when we begin to understand that we are all predestined for greatness, no matter if you know what you want to do or if you don’t have a clue.  This verse is a testament to the importance of trusting in God and knowing that His purpose exceeds anything we could ever dream of.  The enemy wants to take control of our destiny, and by allowing it to do that, we are stepping away from that predestined purpose.  But don’t fear my friends, God never turns His back on us.  We fall, we fail, we backslide, we lie, we sin, we question Him…but He always takes us back.  He wants us to live out His Purpose for us while we are here on this Earth, so that we can rejoice in heaven.  I can go on all day about how I truly believe that everything in this life has a predestined purpose (maybe I’ll do a series of posts).  So hold your head up high and keep walking into your Predestined Greatness.  I believe it and claim it for you and me!

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Be Encouraged

The prior weeks have been so very stressful for me. I haven’t been sleeping…and that’s close to no sleep at all since I’m an insomniac. I’ve been cranky and just not my happy self. However, that all changed this past week. This past week, my confidante, my best friend, my rock and the woman who I owe much more than I can put into words, came to spend the week with me. My mother is such an inspiration and her presence brought me that much needed reassurance that everything is going to be alright. See, my mother is Strong in her Faith and has been Blessed with a gift that so many people have been able to benefit from, especially me. Without going into detail, all I can tell you is, she loves the Lord and continually allows Him to use her to help uplift and bring awareness to others. So if you’ve ever done Mrs. Bell wrong…shame on you, fool! (okay that was just the fighter in me defending my mama 🙂 Of course I would love to write this entire post on this great woman, but this is about the encouragement that we all need, seek and want to sustain.

Sometimes, we have to encourage ourselves, and other times, we can’t see the forest from the trees, so we need somebody else to encourage us. Being encouraged is the light to our pathway, it allows us to have the confidence to believe that everything is going to be alright. We strive more when we’re encouraged. We smile more when we’re encouraged. Others can feel the positive energy that we exude when we’re encouraged. Yet, it’s the staying encouraged that’s the challenge that we as imperfect beings often face. As much as we have Faith, or should have Faith, there can still be that lingering doubt that keeps us wondering, What if? Within the question of what if, thoughts begin to scramble, we become discouraged, and we’ve already assumed our defeat. The Great news is that there are ways that we can find that encouragement again, and we can learn how to keep that encouragement…through God’s Word.

In Philippians 3:13-14, it reads, “Brethren, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do is forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” This verse is all about looking ahead and not dwelling on the present situation. Staying encouraged, for although we may not know what exactly the future holds, we know that as children of the King, we will be Blessed. Look toward heaven for your strength and show no signs of ceasing. Another encouraging scripture reads, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”-Deuteronomy 31:6. Why do we fear the unknown with God on our side? Why do we become discouraged and wonder if God has forsaken us? It’s time to act like we know and do better!

Speak life into all the things that you want for your life. Being encouraged involves persistence, because it is a recurring process. Life is going to happen and it does involve the good and the bad. Staying encouraged means that no matter what the situation looks like, you will give God the Praise and know that this is not the end situation. This is what the enemy wants you to believe, and then you give up and then he wins. When you’re encouraged, he loses, because you are not accepting the illusion he has portrayed, you are anticipating the outcome that God has promised, and you won’t give up until that happily ever after conclusion comes to pass. The chorus of one of my favorite gospel songs says:Be encouraged, no matter what’s going on…He’ll make it alright…but ya gotta stay strong. I pray that we all adhere to the Word, so that we can work on staying encouraged together!