Phillipians 2:1-11 | 2 Therefore, if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort in love, any sharing in the Spirit, any sympathy, 2 complete my joy by thinking the same way, having the same love, being united, and agreeing with each other. 3 Don’t do anything for selfish purposes, but with humility think of others as better than yourselves. 4 Instead of each person watching out for their own good, watch out for what is better for others. 5 Adopt the attitude that was in Christ Jesus:
6 Though he was in the form of God,
he did not consider being equal with God something to exploit.
7 But he emptied himself
by taking the form of a slave
and by becoming like human beings.
When he found himself in the form of a human,
8 he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death,
even death on a cross.
9 Therefore, God highly honored him
and gave him a name above all names,
10 so that at the name of Jesus everyone
in heaven, on earth, and under the earth might bow
11 and every tongue confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
His ways were so pure. Recently I rededicated my life to Christ. I had this vision of what I thought my life should be; How I thought I would be living at 25, and so much more. My will was never what His will was for my life. But I can gladly say that His way brings me so much more peace than anything that I was doing. I tried so many times to really submit but I still wasn’t giving it my all. But now, I’m bending my heart and ear towards Jesus’s purpose for my life. If I had it my way I would have been a famous singer/artist/director person in NY but God had other plans. Every morning, I help my grandma get dressed and ready for her day. It’s the most humbling experience I could ask for. One that has brought me closer to God especially because she has dementia. My life in NY would not be fulfilling as my experience with my grandma. Even on the mornings that I don’t feel like it, I don’t grumble because it’s an honor and I remind myself of that. She is the first person who knew that I could sing because I would hang out with her and her friends who were in their 80s when I was 6 and my grandma in her late 60s. We found joy in singing old church spirituals which is something we do now. Without that, I wouldn’t have known that I was destined to use my voice for God instead of being the R&B sensation I thought I was set to be.
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Every morning before we go to work I go next door to help my granny get dressed. For the past couple of years I’ve been coping with the fact that the strongest woman that I know has Dementia. It’s been pretty weird lol But helping to take care of her has taught me to enjoy everyday, focus on the moments that continuously make you happy and what the true definition of the Village means. It’s funny because every morning she somehow makes me smile even when I’m groggy or when she’s sassy. This morning we sang one of my favorite hymns “Pass Me Not O Gentle Savior”. My grandma is the reason I’m a certified alto and old church songstress. She’s the first one who knew I could sing bc id be hanging out with her and her older lady friends and listening to the Azusa, Mighty Clouds of Joy and all the other church songs ?The cleanest alto out and the one who can harmonize to ANYTHING especially Happy Birthday. Sometimes it feels like 50 First Dates but the things that matter, stick to her memory or the things God gives her that need to be relayed stick to her memory. It’s oddly beautiful. Yeah I’m off my soap box but I hope y’all enjoyed this.
For so long, I wanted my will for my life. But my life is not my own. I was feeding my flesh and ego. A perfect example is me letting my thoughts rule me even through food. “I’m hungry. So I’m going to eat.” But it wasn’t until I started walking with God that I really had a revelation about eating. I’m rarely as hungry as I think that I am. I eat out of anxiety and it’s usually from anxiety that happens when it’s something I’m not supposed to be doing like procrastinating. I had also declared that I would break generational curses. Both sides of my family deal with anxiety and weight issues. But who knew the correlation foreal. There use to be times where I’d get so upset or anxious, I’d immediately go to the kitchen for bread, rice or cereal. It was like a high. I was even diagnosed with GERD (Super bad acid reflux condition..whew child) But I’d still eat.
But I fast now and deny my flesh even when it’s hard. TRUST ME, IT’S HARD. And when I deny it, I get these God sent revelations. None of this is easy, but it had to happen. The other day I decided not to overeat and spend time forcing the rest of my food down my throat, and ended up helping someone who proved to me even further that miracles and purpose through Jesus is real. I cannot make this stuff up. I was leaving the place I’d gotten my food from and shut out this young man that I assumed was asking for money. But he was asking for a meal. Consumed with my fear of corona and everything else, I realized the way I treated him was inhumane so I went back. We got food which was “Two pieces of fish and Kale.” Mind you, this is right after I’d been listening to a sermon about the miracle that Jesus did with the 2 pieces of fish and 5 loaves of bread maybe the night before. Which is really a story that’s about recognizing God for who he is, not living for your flesh and more. The guy ended up witnessing to me about life and told me more about the Bible than I even knew. Told me he’d been in a near death accident when he was young. He was supposed to have been paralyzed. He show me the huge scar wrapped around his leg. But he said “To those who don’t believe it, it was a miracle. But to those who do, it was just the father doing his work.” (REFLECT BACK TO THE MIRACLE OF THE FISH, YALL) It grew my faith just like that.
When I think about how humble yet Powerful Jesus was, I could cry. People persecuted Him and he didn’t spazz…not once. I was talking to my best friend Khalia about this and she said “He could’ve literally wiped everyone out..” But he didn’t. He gave. He served. He humbled himself. He died for our sins even the people who crucified Him. Jesus…They killed Jesus y’all. Imagine that. I laugh sometimes because I know they were like “Hold up, y’all we might’ve made a mistake on this one…” when they crucified Him. They say at like 1pm in the afternoon the entire sky went black and the earth shook when Jesus was on the cross…..
But foreal, walking like Jesus is the most beautiful and beneficial walk you could take. Peaceful. We all want peace and that’s why his name is “The Prince of Peace.” Wow that just clicked as I typed that. I just Love Him so much and He loves us all foreal. Choose love. Choose peace. Trust in Him no matter what it looks like. People will persecute you. They will try you because of who you are. But keep focused because he blesses you for following Him with an abundant life on earth and Everlasting life……
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