January 7, 2018, Oprah Winfrey was awarded the Cecil B. de Mille Lifetime Achievement Award. On my Facebook page, that Sunday, I posted this picture that I screenshot from LoveBScott’s Instagram page (Shouts to BScott!):
It brought me to tears. I boycotted the Golden Globes, due to my feelings heard ’round the world about Jordan Peele’s masterpiece to date being nominated as a (bleep) comedy. You can read that saucy recanting here.
I watched as Denzel Washington won it a couple years ago, and all women in me rejoiced. But to see Oprah Winfrey win? It reminded me of a quote of hers some years ago, when she was accepting an award:
“I told God, do what you want with my life…”
You must understand what this means on two levels. I make no apologizes for my faith or the part it is played in my life thus far and in the future. When she said this quote, my soul rejoiced. Here is why:
1.) According to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, all you have to do is ASK for what you want. (A-Ask. S-Seek. K-Knock.) Read this in the Gospel of Luke–it’ll bless you. The Creator respected you so much that He gave you free will. In that free will, when you ask Him to do what He desires in your life, because He knows what He has for you? That is powerful.
2.) In being that accessible, you make room to bless and to be a blessing to everyone you come across. You remove the overwhelming tendency to doubt and put God in charge of all outcomes. This trust between you and the Creator is beyond intimacy, and is rocket fuel to continue to do what you believe you are positioned to do.
When I decided to make writing a career, I was scared out of my mind. However, I trusted what I believed God had for me, and would do with every single gift that I have–believing the outcome He told me I would have.
I have made room for God to move in my life, and as He has, I cannot tell you the peace I have gotten, and the doors which have opened. I keep on this path because…if He can do it for Oprah, maybe he could do it for me.
Sometimes going along unbeaten paths, you look for any hint you aren’t alone and are going in the right direction. Often times, God doesn’t give you someone on the same path, but someone on a parallel path. There will be evidence those same travelers continued in spite of going alone, with only intuition to guide.
We know fear and faith cannot coexist. Fear is a weight, and weight is never needed to continue on a path of urgency. Faith quickens the step, makes sight keen and your goal in sight.
Follow the path. Keep the goal in sight. If all else fails, just keep going.
Just. Keep. Going.