This week Senator John McCain and Aretha Franklin (also known as the Queen of Soul) were honored. It is amazing how much they both touched so many lives. People from all of the country and parts of the world came together to celebrate these two individuals. What stands out the most to me is that both used their god given talents to serve the world. Their service to others will long be remembered, Senator McCain served our country in the military and was an prisoner of war. He was a politician who stood up for what he believed and worked across party lines. Aretha Franklin was an actress and a songstress who used her gift to sing to people all over the United States and many places throughout the world. She contributed to the civil rights movement and never forgot where she came from, in fact she would go back to her community to give back by providing free concerts and so much more.
The gifts that Senator McCain and Aretha Franklin shared with us will live on in our hearts and their legacy will last forever. I am reminded of a song that I learned as a child the lyrics are,”This little light of mine, I’m gonna to let it shine. This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. This little light of mine, I’m gonna to let it shine, let it shine, let it shine. Both John McCain and Aretha Franklin let their light shine and we have been blessed because they did, may their souls rest in peace.
The question is, what will others say about you after you are long gone? Remember, only what you do for God will last.
The world around us seems to be crazy and chaotic at times. The news of suicides, murders, mental health issues and ruthless activities seem to rob us of our joy and peace. But don’t let it (John 14:27)! I encourage you to give Love. Inspiration. Faith. and Encouragement to the world around you. Together we can be a light in this dark world and together we can make each day brighter for someone else.
Urban dictionary states that a tribe is a group of friends who have been together for a decade or a day, but are loyal, loving, honest and fun-loving. I would like to add people who you can be transparent with, without judgement. In this life, you need God and a good support system to help you navigate through its’ journey. Both will provide directions when you are lost and will help get you back on course. I am very grateful to have my tribe, it’s like iron sharpening iron when we connect. Do you have a tribe, if so how do you find it helpful?
No matter what, don’t stop following your dreams, and seeking the best version of yourself. Continue to learn, grow and evolve as a person. Don’t just live a life of mere existence filled with depression, sadness or fear. When these emotions knock on your door of life, be still and allow your faith in God and the promises of His Word– answer.
But Don’t Give Up!
As we travel on life’s journey, we will make some wrong turns, u-turns and we will get lost along the way. And that’s okay! We should count them all as lessons and experiences to make us better and to help us learn more about ourselves and life. Everything that happens in our life is there to teach us. Are you listening and watching the signs in your life? Each of us should listen to the small, stilled voice that gives us directions, ideas and provide answers to questions that we are seeking within. Then we should take the next best step toward our goals and our dreams. When you don’t know what to, I submit to you to consider meditating on Proverbs 3:4-6 and trust the process.
I read recently that mindfulness is the psychological process of bringing one’s attention to experiences occurring in the present moment (Wikipedia) and in my opinion mindfulness simply means being fully present in the moment. Most of us are challenged living in the moment because we were taught that multi-tasking is the way to go. I am committed to live more mindfully because I realize that I have wasted a lot of time, which is a valuable asset. You see once the time has come and gone you can’t it back! I have lost keys, cell phones, I have gotten distracted while conversing with friends and loved ones, and misplaced my wallet or purse more times that I would like to count! all due to not being fully present.
So the next time you are at a movie, worship service, engaged in a conversation or out to lunch or dinner with a friend, please think about putting your cell phone away and certainly no texting while driving. Life is too short, so give each moment your full undivided attention and I promise you that you will create beautiful, lasting memories. You will be blessed, as well as you will be a blessing to others.
During the holidays we tend to focus on buying gifts for family and friends as well as make plans to spend time with them. What I invite you to consider is that there are many who experience a sadness around the holidays due to loss of family and friends due to death, divorce, or separation and we want to keep them in our prayers. Some people may have even experienced loss of employment or one of their four legged family members. Whatever the case may be, I pray that our eyes are opened and we are sensitive and supportive to those around us. I challenge each of us to be a light in this dark world and show love to those in need
In case you are interested each Thursday evening from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve –Style By Britt’s Facebook Page is offering support by hosting interviews with people who have experienced loss and the interviewees share their stories of how they cope with grief during the holidays. Check it out and be encouraged.