"He may not come when you want him, but he'll be there right on time. He's an on time God, yes he is..."
However, although we all tuned to pay our virtual respects to Whitney, if you listened and observed closely and for long enough you saw that the true headliner of this homegoing was our friend, Jesus! This easily could have been surrounded around Whitney's love for the music, her brilliant instrument, and amount of accolades she's gathered over her three decade run as a performer, but instead God intervened and as we say at my church "Had his way!" And it was done just as Whitney had delivered it her whole life through an approachable presentation that everyone could feel regardless of differences. Now many may say that Whitney was another singer and essentially I guess she was, but what makes her different is her ability to be used. You see, many people have talents, but refused to be used, so many times they/we wonder why can't I excel, why is all my hard work not paying off, why am I not as successful as I believe I should be; and more than 90% of time I will bet you it is because they're not allowing their gifts to be used for something greater than themselves. Those that knew Whitney reinforced this by mixing contemporary, popular, unifying themes and music and adding the message in, ever so inconspicuously. Check out what I mean as Kim Burrell uses the popular classic by Sam Cooke, "A Change Gon' Come," while inserting important points about the spirit of Whitney and the grace of God.
Jesus is the best Publicist Around
Whitney could no longer sing her song, preach her word (if you see it that way), or share her gifts...so the Lord stepped in, intervened and made the message clear. What do Publicists do? They make sure people know how good you are and give you good 'press' and God made the world take attention to how good Whitney was...he's the best representation around!
So what's my point? Well, hire a Publicist, Marketer, or Outreach professional, but if you do not have substance beyond "the brand" and connection to something greater than superficiality of fame you will never go beyond being a talent that nobody truly connects with. I know that's a huge statement, but it's what I believe! Get some great PR and be in a magazine for a month or on a TV for an evening; but get you some God (whatever that may mean to you!) and ensure some longevity that people believe in are unafraid to hold onto.
Never would I have thought that I would have such a deep and pivotal epiphany about God and my relationship to the Lord through Whitney Houston, but this just reminds me that we can learn, grow, and rejuvenate ourselves through the gifts of each other. AMAZING! Thank you, Lord!
I hope you enjoyed this and I know it's heavy, but here's a little smileage for you *yes, SMILEAGE...like mileage, but with smiles!* Thanks for reading!