My people are being destroyed because they don’t know me. Since you priests refuse to know me, I refuse to recognize you as my priests. Since you have forgotten the laws of your God, I will forget to bless your children. Hosea 4:6
We have just embarked upon a new year and this is the time that many of us reflect on what we have accomplished and what we desire to accomplish over the course of the next year.
As I began to think about what I would like to accomplish in 2015, I decided that one of the things that I desire most is to step out into my personal ministry. I know that God has called me to do great things and more than anything, I want to please Him.
In order to go forward, I understand that I must first evaluate where I have come from. Who am I? What have I accomplished? What do I desire to accomplish? These are some of the same questions that you may be asking yourself.
I am sharing this piece of who I am because I understand that successful ministry requires transparency. I may have accomplished some remarkable things in my life but those things did not happen overnight. There is a story of hardship, struggle and more importantly victory and triumph behind my success and accomplishments.
So, who am I? First and foremost, I am a woman who loves God. Is that the beginning of my story? No, it is not. So, where did it all begin?
My story began as an 18 year old teenage mother who had dreams and aspirations to be somebody in life. Most of all, I wanted to be a college graduate. I wanted nothing more in life than to go to college and to be successful.
Over the course of the next 18 years, I would become a single mother of 4 children, enlist into the military, marry and divorce twice, experience homelessness, and experience living in poverty. Most importantly in the midst of all of those challenges, I would obtain my Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree and Ph.D. I would go from having no job to obtaining a position at a four-year university and teaching for multiple colleges on the ground and online.
Why is all of that important? It speaks to not only who I am but the experiences that have made me who I am today. It defines why I do what I do and why it is important to me.
I value education, and I am a living testimony to just how God can take anybody, no matter what they have done or who they have done it to and totally transform their lives. When you trust God, it is possible to overcome any challenges and obstacles that lie in the way of you accomplishing your goals.
God and education are the foundation of the legacy that I am building and leaving for my children. Who are you and what will your legacy be?