This past weekend was simply wonderful: I had the opportunity to be Cinderella at the ball. Once again, another valuable lesson was learned:
I have always been a pants, shirt and sneakers chick. No fuss, no frills, just everyday folk. Sure, I know how to talk the talk and walk the walk but my preference is shirt, pants and sneakers. I am not readily excited about black tie affairs, dressy events or fancy dinners--typically I shun them and would rather stay home. That was until my epiphany.
As I put on my garb--the evening gown with all its shimmer, the shoes with all their sparkle, my elegant clutch, jewelry and makeup--I started to feel the part. The inner person that first said, you'd rather go anywhere but there/you won't fit in, suddenly was the little girl that loved playing dress up. (I understand why they say clothes makes the man; accessories must make the woman.) As I arrived with my friends, I suddenly warmed up to the valet parking, red carpet and photographs. I was giddy and excited at meeting the big wigs, high profiled people and organizers. Caught up in the whirlwind, God suddenly tapped me on the shoulder. His message?
You belong anywhere and EVERYWHERE I open a door for you to enter. It's not the roles I have you play but the fact that there is an audience assigned to you that needs what you have and they need it right now. How can you take a healing message to the nations from your couch or the comforts of home/your comfort zone?
So I ask you all the same question. Some of us are so use to constantly struggling, dreaming, fighting and clawing that we're use to pushing to open doors versus walking through open doors. You don't have to be an author, blogger, radio show host or any of the various roles I serve in. All of us have an audience that God assigned to us and they are desperately waiting for what God put inside of you. No one can tell it like you tell it or have the same experience that you had to relate to your audience members. Put on whatever the garb is for the occasion--kente cloth, ballroom gown or a sari--so that you can deliver your message to world and not die with your work undone or your pain being in vain.
--Alesha Brown, The Joy Guru