Today is my birthday: the day that I opened my eyes on earth, and I want to share it with you. I’ve learned so many lessons over my 28 years of breathing. What I take from everything I’ve learned is to have patience, understanding, to be committed, and to keep your faith in God. As a little kid I was joked for not having the “popular” shoes, chapped lips, not so fresh braids, for not having the “popular” clothes, for being darker than most, etc…….. As a young adult I was told that I wasn’t good enough, that I wasn’t going to make it, that I was to big, too slow, not athletic enough… yes!!! Those things made me feel horrible on the inside, but I ignored them and remained strong on the outside. When they say “be grateful for everything, because you never know who has it worse than you,” I wholeheartedly believe in that, and that is another reason I never broke down and I kept my eye on God.
No!! I am not perfect and I am not saying there weren’t obstacles, or lessons. What I am saying is that I took my bumps and bruises and I learned from them. A wise man once said “what’s the point of having scars if your not going to share them.” Well here I am sharing them and it feels good to release what’s been built up in me for years. It took me 28 years to fully understand my calling on this earth. It took me a lot of patience, understanding, commitment and keeping my faith in the process in which God had intended for me. Now that I fully understand, I accept what it is and I am ready to move forward in Life. Where we fail to realize in life is that nothing is really meant for our understanding. Everything happens for a reason, you accept the lesson, thank God, and you keep on trusting in his process. Every obstacle in my life was meant to be there. From the people, to the tough times, to the beatings, etc… It all made me stronger, wiser, smarter, and even more faithful to his process. The more I stayed faithful, the more he showed me how strong my “Gift” was that he instilled in me.
I am a Leader in HIS kingdom and I will continue to lead until my days are up. I used to always tell my coaches that I don’t understand why all of the pressure is always on me. I never knew why, I didn’t like it. The year I finally decided to accept my calling and to put my full trust into God’s process is the year I won my first Super Bowl. That was only a taste of what he had in store for me. You have to remain faithful. That’s the tough part. There are all types of distractions out there. The devil comes in all shapes, sizes, and forms. I refuse to let him distract my path and “Gods” works. If everyone remains faithful and really stayed in tune with the spirit, then the world would be a better place. We all hear that voice inside that tells us right from wrong. Some listen to it and others are just too distracted by the world that consumes them. We need to help those that are distracted and bring them along.
God didn’t give up on us, so we shouldn’t give up on each other. We were put here to fellowship and spread the gospel. Some of you are thinking that you can’t get out of the hole that you are in or you are just content with where you are now. No!! It won’t change tomorrow, but understand everything in life is a process. You have to take it day by day, step by step. “A little at a time, with God on your mind, will get you out a bind.” Respect the process and keep your faith strong and I guarantee you will begin to progress gradually. I want my life to go up, all the way up into the heavens. I want the same for everyone. Help me help you by wanting the same for yourself. We were all born with a gift. Find it, use it, don’t compare it, and watch what happens. I’m only saying this because I went through it already. Patience, commitment, understanding, and faith. Use those 4 words in your every day life and you will gradually see change. Be an #FormByForce. Thank you for listening to my words and my personal experience over these 28 years of my life. God Bless.