Be the Light.

Updated: Mar 12, 2020


“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” - John 13:34-35


I used to think life was all about following my dreams, but now I know that following God is the dream.

Everything used to always be about me and my big dreams.

I wanted to make my dreams come true. I wanted to make a difference in the world. I wanted to do this and I wanted to do that.

I moved to New York City to make a name for myself. I had a plan, and nothing was going to stop me from achieving my vision.

The first part of my plan was to move in with my grandma so I could save money. Then, I was going to start building my dream fashion company and move to Cali within 3 years.

What I didn’t anticipate was that my grandma would lose her eyesight shortly after I moved in. Although I was working and barely ever home, I knew she needed the support so I put my dream of moving to Cali on hold.

Eight and a half years later, I’m still living with my grandma, and I must say that it’s been one of the most rewarding experiences. Her life and legacy have forever changed the trajectory of my life.

I wouldn’t be where I am if it wasn’t for her. She helped me get through college, build my dreams, and didn't give up on me when I became my own god—it was her words that made me realize I was lost.

Growing up, I didn’t see my grandma beyond the occasional family meet-ups for holidays and special events. I knew she was a pastor of a small church, but I didn’t know all that she did and does for our community.

For over 30 years, she’s never taken a salary as a pastor. She uses her own money to feed her congregation after every Sunday service and on Tuesdays for Bible study. And often to fix the church buildings.

I’ve seen her at the old age of 92 give someone her cane (when she can barely walk on her own) so that they wouldn’t be without one. I’ve also seen her take in 18 young women during the time that I lived with her so that they could get a headstart in their careers.

I remember being annoyed on numerous occasions because my grandma gave up her portion of the dinner that I cooked to feed someone who came to the house to visit with her.

“I get that they’re hungry, but you’re old and need to eat too,” I would say. And her response was always, “They can have my portion.”

She always gives people the best even if she’s left with scraps, or worse, nothing at all—that’s the kind of woman she is.

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” - John 13:34-35

Out of all of the relationships that I’ve had so far in my life, I’ve never had anyone who frustrated me more than my grandma. But I’ve also never known anyone who displayed the love of Jesus like her—her generosity is unparalleled.

I’ve watched my grandma’s health drastically decline within the last 2 months, and I can’t help but reflect on the time that I’ve shared with her and all the lessons I’ve learned.

One of the greatest lessons that she taught me by her actions is to put other's needs above our needs. We are never too busy, hungry, or tired to help someone in need.

I moved to NYC to pursue my big dreams, but life isn’t just about us and our dreams. Life is about all of the people who we will affect with the light of God shining through us.

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." - Matthew 5:16 (KJV)

Following God is the dream. If we aren't helping people daily and sharing the love of Christ with them, we aren't living out our true purpose.

So be the light of the world today and every day, friends.

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- Mags