There is something to be said about a woman as phenomenal as Whitney Houston. Gifted with a voice hand crafted by God, she was the fabric of American music and music all over the world. The Bible reminds us in Luke 12:48, “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required”, and so it was that we required much from this being who seemingly had it all. Whitney Houston set and raised the bar of perfection. Although we know that even those specially created by God are still only human, Whitney was beautifully flawed; a living legend. She was a reminder that even amidst beauty, talent, and tremendous success, there are no guarantees in this life.
We must not let her legacy be skewed by reports of negative experiences but instead, we must relish on the woman that conquered the world. Whitney Houston was the woman who, according to Guinness World Records, was the most awarded female of all time. Receiving two Emmy Awards, six Grammy’s, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards, and a total of 415 awards as of 2010- Whitney was undisputedly the best. Before there was a Beyonce, a Jennifer Hudson, and anybody that is somebody today, there was Whitney and her memory will never dissipate.
Whitney’s death, though shocking and unexpected, will forever be etched into American history. The woman with the angelic voice capable of plucking the heartstrings of listeners all over the world, is now a true heavenly presence. During this time of mourning, I encourage you all to remember her as the powerhouse she was and not how she may be portrayed in recent media. Remember her legacy of survival, success, determination, and resilience. Remember the messages of hope laced within the lyrics of her songs. Do not paint her as a victim but instead allow these lyrics to replay in your mind- “If I fail, if I succeed, at least I lived as I believed. No matter what they take from me, they can’t take away my dignity”.
Even at her lowest point, Whitney never faltered from her roots. Deeply planted in the soil of God’s promises, Whitney battled her demons and won. She is a true example of the power God has implanted in each of us – the power to overcome, the power to triumph, the power to know exactly when to be still and let God fight our battles. It is this resounding message of hope Whitney lived by, and the same one I will leave with you today.
Though we are never prepared to say farewell to someone we love, admire, honor, and cherish, Whitney lived a full life. A popular Gospel song says “May the works I’ve done speak for me.” When all is said and done, what will your life say about you? What positive contribution to this world will you be remembered for? Let Whitney’s legacy be your motivation to live your life with a purpose. Do not be afraid to chase your dreams. If you stumble along the way, do not reside in the place you have fallen. Instead, recover, get up, and keep going.
Despite her very public battles, Whitney remained humble, honest, and inspiring. Her faith was unwavering. She knew who she was and whose she was. For it is never what people call you but what you answer to that is important. Choose this day to be great. Choose this day to be prosperous. Do not let the sun set on your failures and remember that a delay is not the same as a denial. Be like Whitney.
Be an over comer.
Be a fighter.
Be a legend.
RIP Whitney Houston
From: A Fan In Miami, Fl