Spiritual Life Coaching – The Queen
I suppose many of you have hard the story of one of America’s favorite personalities. She was a young woman who was once told she was not fit for television became one of the leading talk show interviewers in the history of television. Oprah Winfrey spent the first six years of her life living with her grandmother. She wore clothing made out of potato sacks. This inauspicious start was played out after being molested by two members of her family and a family friend, which caused her to run away from home at age thirteen. Then at age fourteen, she experienced the death of her newborn child. She returned to live with her mother but later her mother sent her to live with her father who was a barber in Tennessee.
Most of us know her from The Oprah Winfrey Show which was the highest-rated day-time talk show in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011. She was even called the “Queen of All Media.” Beyond those accolades, she was ranked as the richest African-American of the 20th century and added to her extraordinary ability in her charitable efforts. She was considered the greatest black philanthropist in American history. (As an aside, I was fortunate enough to be on the board of Dunebrook a local charity for the prevention of child abuse when she shared some of her wealth with that organization.) In 2013, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and an honorary doctorate degree from Harvard.
Rising above humble beginnings is most influential when it involves the ability to give. When we give of ourselves we learn one of the great lessons of Jesus. He said,
Mark 10:45 “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
It is in giving that we receive – we grow – we learn the generous heart of God.