It was in the Spring of 2012 at Sala Thai on U Street in Washington, DC. A friend of mine who went to Howard University did it to me. She told me that I would eventually end up in ministry if I ever accepted it. This was back when if anyone said something like this out loud in reference to me...all you would probably hear was laughter. I was a wild boy. I'll just leave it at that. But she told me those same experiences were what would set me up for my divine life path. She told me God put me through those things for a reason and even got me to go to church with her. Those experiences would help mold me for the ministry I was destined to lead. She was like a divine mirror. We had been friends since freshman year in 2008 when we were in the same English class. She was my first valentine at Howard University. It's funny how the universe works. It always comes full circle. I was 21 when she told me this. It was 4 years ago in the spring of 2012, not long before we both ended up graduating from Howard University.
4+1+8+2+0+1+6= Angel Number 22
I was then who I am now, just not as accepting of my divine identity. I joke with my friend & mentor who I met my freshman year as well that I have a rock star side and a minister side. He tells me it's good to have a healthy balance of the 2.
2.4 years ago, I was recruited into ministry by the Director of Howard University Community Association at a community meeting where I presented my book Evolution of Love. Known for my community outreach work more than anything, I figured she would want me to work with the community association, but Pastor Maybelle Bennett actually wanted me to focus on working with her church. She wanted me to be the Youth Engagement Consultant for Covenant Christian Community. I accepted. Next...I had to call my friend from Howard University. We ended up talking for about an hour, and I really don't like talking on the phone, but she's an exception.
We launched the Utopia campaign in February (2) focused on the question, "What is your truth?" Then in April of 2014, I was ordained into music ministry as we celebrated the ordination of our pastor. I NEVER seriously imagined myself becoming a professional music artist, but I guess God & The Universe had different plans. My parents had asked me how I ever expected to make money working for God. I didn't have an answer, but God has.
The year 2015 was my 2nd year as a minister. It was the first year I was completely a full-time minister. It was my job. I wasn't obligated to do anything else. I was working on a chaplaincy contract in partnership with the United States of America. I was commissioned by a Baptist minister associated with a Army veteran chaplain who mentored me while I was in Philadelphia.
Keeping in mind that the concept of the Utopia campaign was "What is your truth?" I had begun writing a song titled MAAT (the goddess of truth, justice & harmony) inspired by my 6th sense--the girl, now woman I referred to in the previous paragraphs who had also helped me get through difficult times during my time in South Carolina. I began writing it in South Carolina when I was going to Chaplain Contract Training at Fort Jackson before I moved up to Philadelphia to see her for her birthday. She was in Philadelphia, but was someone I couldn't see. Now, as I celebrate 5 years of Authentic Reflection on 4.20.2016, I can't help but think about her. I think about her a lot. She's my muse because she knew me before I did. Therefore, when I look at myself in the mirror, I see parts of her--the parts she helped me learn how to reflect authentically.
I hope to see you celebrate with me this week as I'll be at a few events, concluding with church service on 4/24 where I will be performing music--Doing what I love--loving what I do 24 hr a day.
See you. Be you. Do more.