I have been watching this season’s Dancing With the Stars, and while there have been a few standouts, I am most impressed with Tamar Braxton. She has been doing exceptionally well on the dance floor but it was her post-dance interview with Erin Andrews this week that stood out the most. The theme of Monday night’s performances was Most Memorable Year. Tamar selected 2012, a year when she nearly lost her husband to multiple blood clots. It was during his road to recovery that they decided to have a child and she became pregnant with son Logan three months later.
In the interview Tamar, holding back tears stated:
You kinda never know what hand life is gonna hand you, but at the end of the day it’s about trusting and believing in God and believing that He has it all under control and you’re not in control.
The courage to make this statement is remarkable. God keeps giving me the message of being a light in a dark world. Tamar did just that. Dancing With the Stars is probably the largest, most diverse audience she has ever performed in front of, yet she was not concerned about being “politically correct.” Tamar was unashamed in sharing her faith. As believers in Christ, we are to be bold in spreading the good news of Jesus. Choosing to or not to extend salvation when prompted to is a matter of life or death for our brothers and sisters. We hold the key to eternity and we cannot be bashful or stingy in sharing it with others. When God has given us a platform, whether a work office of five colleagues or a 1.5 million following on Instagram, we are to use it as a source of telling others about the gospel that we so firmly believe in.
The message that Tamar delivered also speaks volumes. We cannot control everything that happens in our lives. As I’m writing this I am experiencing a frustrating situation and I know that my reaction to it is everything. As displeased as I am, I cannot let it get the best of me, ruin my day and cause me to seek vengeance on everyone I encounter.
Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.
God is in control. Every difficulty that He allows us to encounter is pivotal to our building process. We enhance in character and develop strengths we never imagined when we choose not to give into the common frustrations of life. Every day is not going to be honeysuckles and bliss. We have to endure hiccups in life but our response to those hiccups affect the outcome. When we choose, notice I say choose, to take hold of our emotions, we give God the opportunity to create beauty in an ugly situation. He is in control and will always work things out for our good but He is waiting for us to realize this.
I am grateful for this blog because God teaches me as I tap the keys. He just showed me that the matter I am dealing with is a learning tool to pay closer attention to detail. I sometimes become overwhelmed by putting so much on my plate. I often think if I just had one person to help me out I could handle everything. But I have to stop biting off more than I can chew so that what I do can be completed accurately and without error. I have even allowed my “busyness” to keep me from a major outlet I use to share my faith which is this blog. Thank you God for the message in everything, even my mistakes. I will be that light in a dark land and use every platform given as an opportunity to share who He is to me.
-Renée Nicole Gibson Twitter: disclosednative IG: ms_disclosednative