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The Real Thriller...

As I sit here thinking about all the incredible changes that are taking place in my personal life I marvel at how so many things I saw as just a given, as we all do when we're young I suppose and don't have a care in the world, are all a distant memory. I think about getting up and running to the bus stop and heading to school - seeing my friends -maybe having cheerleading practice that day or a pep rally in the gymnasium before a big game with Hampton High- or the anticipation of waiting to get home to watch the premiere of the first movie-like video of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" that we all would watch over and over again trying to master his moves! Seems like yesterday and yet it seems like another lifetime ago. I think about how much can change in your life in such a brief span of time. As I signed a purchase agreement for a plot of land that I hope my new real estate company will want to invest in, there's a boldness and a drive I feel now that is pushing me to do more. I feel a sense of urgency, maybe because I know that I've lived almost 60 years and I probably don't have 60 more and the speed at which I got here is almost as mind-blowing as the things that have transpired over those 60 years. As I remember the days that I pledged the "rival" sorority of our current Vice Presidential running mate, Kamala Harris- I think about that process and the innocence and naivete of it all -the lasting friendships and impending losses that I couldn't have imagined then and still seem somewhat surreal today. But, through it all I've always had a boldness, for lack of a better word, to do more - to not sit back and just except anything. When I was young, I was a skinny, flat chested girl who defended those students that were bullied in school and am the same girl who chased a boy into his yard to fight when he hit my older sister. I've always had a fighting spirit- a fight back spirit. Life is hard. God's word tells us that. I didn't give God the kind of attention or seriousness that I have come to know He requires when I was younger, but I do know that He has always had a plan and a purchase for my life that I am only now fully realizing is inextricably tied to why I was created in the first place; for His glory. I know it is only by His permission that I am still here and there is more for me to do. This is a time for boldness for all people who stand for truth and believe in righteousness. John Lewis said: "When you see something do something". 'Good trouble' is how he phrased it; audacity is how Kamala phr

ased it. Have the audacity to stand up in the face of wickedness and evil when you see it. He tells us in Ephesians 6:10 "Be strong in the Lord and the power of His might". When I hear people talk about the full power of the Oval Office and the presidency as if it is the supreme power in the world, it always brings to mind 2 Kings 6:16 when Elisha told his servant who was fearful of the great army he saw surrounding them: "Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them". It's the power that you don't see, that is always the TRUE power. Trust and believe people. Until next week...

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