TGIP: “Serve You Well” – Beverly CrawfordPublished by Torrence Glenn on Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 1:46 am.
Sup folks! Today’s “Thank God It Played” is a little personal if you will. (Is it me or is “if you will” one of those odd phrases that just seems to work but never sounds natural?) Well I guess it can’t be that personal if I’m sharing it on the blog. Ahhhh, you know what I mean. Although I usually only talk about gospel music and the events surrounding it here, sometimes I’ll have a moment where I feel like “sharing…” if that’s the word. I guess today is one of those days.
So anyway, I like most people with access to a TV in the middle of the day watched Oprah to see the 2nd half of her interview with her former on-air relationship expert Iyanla Vanzant. Now this isn’t a recap or a take on how that interview went. I won’t go into how I always thought Iyanla was a little full of it and basically quoted the bible and famous preachers and called it her “wisdom” and made a whole lot of money off of it. Essentially taking biblical nuggets, wrapping them in “Iyanla paper” and saying “oooh, look what I came up with.” Really ma’am? Try again… No, I’m not talking about that. (Sidenote, I hear though that she’s an actual professed Christian now and attends a dynamic church in the Maryland, DC, Virginia area and is really getting herself together so kudos to her!)
But yeah, what really got me with her interview with Oprah today was how easily we can get trapped in what we know to do versus what we really do. For example, she was a relationship expert who according to testimonial and after testimonial apparently really helped many people through their relationship issues and gave good advice. There are folks who will vouch that the info in her books, CD’s and appearances actually helped them change and fix their personal, emotional and relationship issues. But here’s the thing… In the midst of all of this, Iyanla’s personal, emotional and relationships in her life were falling apart and in turmoil and here she was telling everybody else how to do it. So here she is keeping marriages together and hers is falling apart. She’s telling folks how to prioritize and spend their money and she’s running through hers and losing her house. She’s instructing people to love themselves and operate from a place of strength and security and all the while she’s making business decisions irrationally and from a place of insecurity.
If you’re anything like me, you probably looked at the screen and went “What?” So sure I snickered, shook my head and just kind of said to myself (ok, I said it out loud) “See, this is a mess.” And not long afterward, I began to really think about the thing and saw how EASY it is for that to happen to any of us, and personally for me, it has more than a few times. I’m always amazed at how many people look to me for advice, information and even “wisdom” and most of the time its good stuff. I’ve learned a lot and seen a lot in this short life of mine but it doesn’t always mean I’m taking the medicine I’m prescribing to others. It happens to the best of us, but doesn’t have to especially when we realize we’re doing it. A Pastor friend of mines says he can’t preach anything he hasn’t walked out. Well I’m no preacher but I agree. So today’s song “Serve You Well” by Beverly Crawford is just right on point with my renewed commitment to being just as responsible for me as I am for the people I’m called to serve and help. Plus, it’s just a beautiful song. Thanks for listening… (Oh, you thought I was going to get all specific on my issues? Ha, puh leeze, maybe another day when I think doing that will help somebody, but not today. Love ya! Lol)