Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou cometh forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. Jeremiah 1:5 KJV
He knows my name, number, downfalls, adversities, triumphs, wins and losses way before I was conceived.
I am set apart by God. From conscious recollection, I wasn’t an ordinary child. Growing up I didn’t fit in with the crowd because I was distinctively marked by God. My interests and choices always conflicted with those around me. I was an introvert who shunned every appearance of crowd. Spending time with God and self were my priorities. I went from my home, to school, to church, then later to work.
I knew my purpose in life and I was more so focused on pursuing it, than doing anything else. I was raised under trying circumstances; hence my aim was to change the norm. I saw my mother struggling to make ends meet, so I was adamant that I would use education as my escape route , mixed that with faith in God to steer my journey to success. It was a conscious decision of mine to not get pregnant in my state of poverty, or drop out of school. I wanted to break the cycle. I spoke life over my circumstances and destiny. I vowed that I would never brought children in this world and allow them to face what I have been through. I didn’t have an involved father in my life, so I never wanted to continue that cycle.
For a long period of time the norm in my family was fixed, hence that made it hard to get pass that barrier to do things outside of the norm. I didn’t have a role model to look up to, so I had to model the role. In order to not follow the trend, I became the trend setter. I broke mental and generational ceilings and barriers. Prior to now, the norm in my family was that both males and females dropped out of school or quit before graduating. I was the first in my family to graduate from high school, get CXCs and go to college. After I have reformed that practice, barriers were removed and I started seeing the domino effect.
Getting Pass the Mental Barriers (Reformed Stage)
It is not of self that I should boast. Having a strong connection with God changed my perspective and approach to life. He knew and loves me. All that I am and ever hope to be, I owe it to Him. God trained by mind to think positively under the early tutelage of my Pastor and Evangelist Mc Growders. I had a zeal for the word of God; that was what kept me, limited my actions and expanded my mindset. God’s words become a, “lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” They were the compass for keeping me on track as well as assisted me in enduring my storms with the hope that no seasons last forever and after a storm, there will be a calm. I acquired hope from hearing God’s words, “ I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, was my motivation for doing what wasn’t done in my family and community. I reset and reformed the norm.
The Transformation Stage
As a Generativity Strategist, I believe that leaving a legacy is almost equal to living a life for God that counts. A book leaves a generational footprint that will precede the writer and time. I summed my adversities, rose above them and wrote about them. Fulfilling my purpose has transformed my life, the lives of my family members and other people’s lives. Individuals in my family and community are moving from poverty to purpose then to power just by taking the worthwhile step to read my book. It is also taking precedence in the world because people’s outlook to life and dealing with their adversities are changing as a result of this Godly-inspired book. From the Root to the Fruit : Rising Above Adversities, is the vehicle for projecting my voice about God’s goodness on my life, living a life of favour, purpose, moving from adversities to triumphs. Above all, I am happy that sharing my story of struggle to triumphs helped to carve a historical blueprint for me in the education system since my book’s title was used for Jamaica Day 2023.
Take Away Points
- Your adversities can be the defining moment of your life; it can reform, transform or form you.
All that you go through in life is a process, each stage serves specific purpose.