Those who know me, know that I am constantly evolving and trying to find ways to better myself as a person. They know and understand that I am forever seeking God for my purpose in life and trying to define the reason for my existence on this planet. In my prayer session last night, this question came up once again, but this time, I had more on my mind than where I fit in. Last night, I asked for a platform. A platform where I am able to change people's lives, influence minds, and be a beacon of light in this world of darkness. Hmmm, ponder that for a moment. A woman—who has realized her childhood dream four times over and connected with countless people all over the country—is asking for a platform. I would like to think that God smiled at the irony of the whole situation.
His answer to me came in the form of a scolding. What do you mean you want a platform? You're on it. You are a role model, voice of truth, motivator, supporter, prayer partner, and friend to countless people (more than you realize). Why can't you see that? To make a difference and an impact, you don't have to have thousands of people following you, liking your posts, or commenting on your daily affirmations . . . Jesus had twelve disciples. Let that sink in. I mean, I am placed before over one hundred young people on a daily basis; to educate, to inspire, and to mold. What more of a platform do I need when the future is sitting in front of me five days a week? In that moment, I decided to be obedient, stop searching for more, and realize what I've been given. A chance to shape the future for us all, to inspire young women to never settle, to drive young men to be more than just the status quo, and to be an example of success for young people who come from the same neighborhood I grew up in. It's my duty to prove to them that, no matter what may come their way, if they stay true to themselves and never give up, they too can realize their dreams.
What a load to carry, but I still feel that I am not doing enough. I want to reach more people and this year, I asked God to make me uncomfortable, draw me out of my shell, and force me to reach out to the world at large and the people of my community to make more of a difference. It's hard . . . because the introvert in me truly enjoys my own company and my trust issues run deep. But, God isn't done with me yet. Actually, He has just begun. Today, I am thankful for having a strong-mind, faithful people who are willing to support me and understand my madness, and for always making me keep my eyes on the prize.
So, no matter where you are in your journey. No matter how small your audience; whether it is just the two children that call you a parent, or hundreds of thousands of people on social media, use your platform to change the world. Send a message of hope, love, peace, and motivation because this world have enough people doing the exact opposite. You don't need a million views to change the world, all you need is one read, one like, one thank you that to let you know you are on the right path. To validate the fact that you are making a difference and that someone out there appreciates what you do. If I never get a like . . . if no one ever reviews a word I write, I know that someone is watching. Never, ever be afraid to stake your claim on this world and follow your heart to your destiny. Speak your truth. God will give you a platform.