As I sat in service listening to my Apostle speak about life and transition I was inspired hearing his testimony. He was encouraging us to make the changes that we want in our lives and how to go about making those changes by starting with “the decision.”
He told us how he came from a family of under achievers. He said that his family was known for being shy, not speaking out on things, and just barely getting by. He stated that even he himself barely made it out of high school. When he said “you’re looking at a man that barely made it out of high school,” I shook my head in disbelief.
I’m talking about a man who is a Judge (well respected and honored) in the City of Detroit, and has been for some years. A man with the integrity that other men aspire to, a man who in his 50’s decided he wanted to go back to school just because he wants to learn more about some things, a man who’s whole family (wife, 3 sons, and 2 daughters) are all in school). I’m talking about a man who’s daughter is a practicing attorney, and still decided to go back and get her masters degree. So, as you can see education seems to be something that is the base of this family.
The Apostle said that he took a year out of his life as a set back to set himself up to go forward and change the history and legacy of his family. He was encouraging those of us that sat in the congregation that day to reach for what others may not see for you. He exhorts us all the time to trust in the plan that God has for us and for our lives.
It really inspired me to sit and listen to his testimony of accomplishing the very thing that his family was known not to do. He re established the “talk” about his family of being under achievers to a legacy of education.
You just never know when you look at a person and what they have accomplished, what it took for them to get to where you see them. Not only that, you just never know what it took to inspire them to reach for what seemed to be the unreachable.