Editor’s Letter: I Woke Up One Morning And Saw One Million Views
Happy New Year everyone!
I wanted to share this personal testimony of mine with you, and say a massive thank you for what your love for the magazine has contributed to.
I didn’t understand why 2017 had been one of the most challenging yet transformational years of my life. It had its highs and lows. Everything has been attacked. Sin and obedience danced in celebration with each other in my name. I lost what I thought was forever because it couldn’t go where the next season was needing from me.
October has started and every day something has come to take me off track. I’m the first to be graduating in my family, and the fight in my mind has wanted me to believe my unbelief. My graduation was an unforgettable experience. For me, years of fighting an unbelief of not being able to do yet alone complete something could make you ill. Finding purpose, allowing God to heal my insecurities I have served, sacrificed, gained lost and learned. Some lessons came with financial, emotional and mental losses, but all deposited spiritual wisdom from learning the lessons.
I asked God why. Why not let up now God real talk? Give me a moment to breathe. Please! Not from a place of ignorance, but with what I’d been through, what was self-inflicted to learning hard truths I was like why did you choose me to run a startup I still know nothing about?
Now I believe that faith without works is dead and that faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of God. My whole life has consisted on hustling to stay consistent in delivering because even though I couldn’t see I believed what He told me about me. My life. My future and my business.
So when God showed me why He has called me to this platform, He reminded me of my consistency. While I wait I work. When I’m obedient I work. When I fall off I work. When they talk, you work. He said your consistency is why I called you to this platform. Because regardless of what you know, He said you work to get the job done. That’s why I called you to this platform.
This was the statistics for the magazine in October. December we finished on 1.3 million. That was a big deal to me as God showed me how consistency when using your talents can open doors He has placed before you.
I prayed some pretty big prayers.
I said I wanted to do this for the culture.
- I will be the Oprah of Gospel
- The Rupert Murdoch of Christian media
I’m only just getting started. And I have the best team in the world riding with me.
So I say all of this to say: To the rejected, unloved put aside. God has ordained a plan for the called. And if you answer the call you are chosen. Chosen to surrender in order to see the picture He has painted. Don’t be afraid to detach from what you know to attach yourself to what He knows. His ways and thoughts are higher than man’s opinions.
Many will be raised up to do similar things.
And that’s ok.
Some will come and try to replicate yours.
And that’s ok.
You know why?
He gave everyone in this world something unique to be fruitful from.
Gratitude is infectious.
Support is contagious.
And if He can do this for me in one year, not only was He working too but as my silent business partner, His results matched our destiny I’m living out.
These stats were generated in what was for me one of the most challenging years of my life. And what I thought was a setback in more ways than one, was actually setting me up for 2018 and beyond.
So for whatever it is you are working towards, don’t stop! Because for what you expect He will bless you with what you never imagined.