“I am a work in progress.  We all are.” Mary J. Blige. VH-1 Behind the Music. July 2011.

Last night I watched the VH-1 Behind the Music of Mary J. Blige. The entire time I listened to her story and how she rose to grace, I could not help but think about how the journey to reach God’s blessings is hard, tough, rough, but well worth it when we take the talents we are given and multiply them for the good.  Listening to how she took her singing and used it to bring light and life to people who struggle with the same or similar life challenges she faced reminded me of the parable of the talents in the Book of Matthew.  In a nutshell, the story goes that a master gave three of his servants talents just before going on a journey.  He gave one servant five talents, the second two talents, and the third one talent.  When he returned from his journey, the servant with five talents had doubled the talents to ten. The second had also turned his two talents into four.  They were rewarded more responsibilities because of their diligence and commitment. But the third servant took his one talent and buried it in the ground until the master returned.  He wasn’t awarded anything other than the compliment of lazy.  The master took his talent from the third servant, and did not award him with any more responsibilities.  What’s the moral of the story?  We all have talents.  And when we take them and multiply them to advance God’s kingdom, He awards us with more responsibility.

This is what MJB does so well.  This is why she is the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul. Her story revealed how difficult it was to get there because of the drugs, alcohol, and self-destructive behavior she engaged in for so long.  She almost lost it.  But through the grace of God, she made it to the place of loving herself enough to multiply her talents from singer to songwriter to wife to philanthropist.  And this is why  I love MJB.  She’s  real. She’s authentic. She finds her justice in life through her words, and she expresses them in a way that only she can.

The DDR: Watching Mrs. Kendu Isaacs (this is her married name folks) talk so candidly about her journey was a blessing.  I, along with my mother, sister, aunt, cousin, and God-son, all watched her articulate the very universal principle that life is a work in progress.   It is a process where nothing happens overnight – no matter the level of talent. We must remain patient and diligent and committed to a greater force in order to allow the proper timing for things. So today, think about your talents and ask yourself whether or not you are using them for increase in order to gain more responsibilities to fulfill the calling on your life. If so, understand that it won’t come easy. But when it comes?  Oh what a mighty mighty feeling.  Have a productive day Daily Dosers :-) .

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