Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Examining the life of Ms. Billie Holiday

Earlier this month, Ms. Billie Holiday was inducted into the National Womens Hall of Fame and I while I was happy about this achievement, I thought about the woman who left this world too soon.  She is a prime example of the limitless bounds for one who fully uses their God-given talents to tap into their purpose.  But sadly, she is also a tragic reminder that you must receive healing for the broken places of your soul in order to live a truly abundant life.

Ms. Holiday was born to a teen mother who sent her to live with an aunt who never gave her the proper love and nurturing that a young girl needs.  Her unique voice and song-writing ability gave meteoric rise to her fame at a time when it was hard for blacks to go any further than the "chitlin' circuit".   However, all of the acclaim could not slay the abandonment issues that I believe plagued her for her entire life therefore she succumbed to substance abuse and unhealthy relationships which ultimately contributed to her early departure from this world.

But I believe as her accomplishments are celebrated this month we should pause and examine the deep soul wounds that may be sabotaging our lives.  It is God's desire for us to live in freedom while walking out our purpose.  To have either one without the other is a tragedy.  Let us reflect this day on the cyclical drama of life that keeps us on the treadmill of pain, fear, bitterness, self-loathing and get down the root cause of the matter.  After that, you will experience true healing and deliverance so you can have the abundant life that you were created to live.


Psalm 107:19-20
19 Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses. 20 He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.