What’s up family?
I know… I know… I know… You haven’t heard from me in a good little while. One year and a day to be exact. When I turned 24, on June 2, 2011… I never would have thought that year 24 would have gone down like it did for me. My last post was full of naivety and youthful optimism. These aren’t bad things, but I have come to terms with the following truth: Potential can be positive or negative…when you focus on the positive potentialities, without regard to the negative, the negative can seem that much greater when they rear their head.
I don’t want to go to deeply into the events of the past year. But it has been full of setbacks of sorts. I had the third of my spiritual role models, and super-heros, go home to be with the Lord… Bishop Barnett Karl Thoroughgood. Bishop Herman Clark, Sr….gone. Bishop G.E. Patterson…gone. Bishop B.K. Thoroughgood…gone. My father is the only one left…that scares me a lot. Life is so fleeting…
On August 9, 2009, I knelt at Bishop Throughgood’s feet on the stage of the Hampton Convocation Center as he laid hands on me, to ordain me into the Christian ministry. I never, in my wildest dreams, would have thought that 2½ years, to the day, February 9, 2012, I would be waiting outside of his church to wait for a copper colored hearse to roll up and I would serve as his pallbearer. To bring him into a place that he built from the ground up… Preached, prayed, ministered, discipled… This was his house and I am now “laying hands” on a box containing his lifeless remains… This is still too much to wrap my head around.
What’s the point of this post? Well… I want to encourage you to consider the following. Regardless of the good or bad going on in your life, be grateful for life. Another thing is when you are in the presence of greatness, glean all that you can because greatness doesn’t come by everyday…and it won’t be here for always. Glean all that you can because one day their shoes you’re going to have to [attempt to] fill.
Year 24 was an experience for the books… I’ll tell the story one day. But I’m ever so grateful for 25 and I’m entering this quarter century of my life guided by the following quote and scripture:
“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.”
– Henry Ford
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
– Romans 8:28
Regardless of the obstacles and inconveniences of life, I know that I am living on purpose…for a purpose. So are you.
So here’s to 25 and many more, by the grace of God. Keep me lifted and you shall be in my prayers too…
TWJ the HNIC