I know that some of you reading the title of this post are saying….Why? Why would you want to be like Whitney Houston? Even though she was an extraordinary singer and a physically beautiful woman, her life was so tragic. Why would you want to be like Whitney Houston? She drowned in a bathtub possibly from a drug related incident, she had problems over the years with drugs, she miscarried a child, had a troublesome marriage, had disputes with her father before he died and just seemed like she lived a sad life.
So, why would you want to be like Whitney Houston? Wouldn’t you rather be a person who has led your life on the straight and narrow, not made major mistakes in life, tried to be kind to your family and strengthen your marriage? Wouldn’t you want to be the opposite of Whitney Houston?
Well, let me explain it to you. If you have ever watched any interviews or read any stories about Whitney or even if you just watched her four hour funeral AND are a Christian, you would know exactly what I am talking about.
Whitney’s troublesome life and problems with drugs DID NOT DEFINE HER. Her FAITH did!!!!!! And that is all that needs to be said. If I have to die (and it is sure that I will), then I want people to know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that I loved the Lord and he loved me. Just like Whitney.
There was never a time when Whitney was talking about her struggles that she did not reference the Lord in her life. She was human and not always perfect, but she knew Who was in charge of her life and she knew she was never alone. She knew that she had to make the decisions to change her habits but she knew that the Lord still loved her and was giving her that time.
This may sound strange to some of you but, Whitney’s faith (while on drugs) was stronger than mine (on some days). That makes me reflect.
Why do I want to be like Whitney Houston? It is easy to praise the Lord and count it all joy when things are going well, but can you do it when millions of people are criticizing you, when you are craving drugs and can’t get out of bed, when you are arguing and fighting with your husband, when your friends turn their backs on you? Can you praise His name then? Whitney did and never stopped!
Whitney’s faith and love of the Lord was like a child. You either believe or you don’t. There is no grey area. We make our relationship with God too “adult”. We are the children of God and he is our Father. If we do wrong, he will not be pleased but we can repent and do better. Whitney’s mother prepared her in the best way possible. Not to be a great singer, but to give God all the glory whatever her walk in life would be. Whitney’s mother has done well and is well with her soul.
The night before Whitney died, she sang “Jesus loves me this I know” on stage with a friend. It was her theme song. She sang it all the time. Why? Because she believed and knew it to be true. Whitney’s “feelings” may have been hurt in this world, but her soul was always strong and anchored in the Lord.
Her funeral was minimal, in the sense that there was one hearse (no horses and carriage), one gold casket, one flower spray and two other arrangements. The church was not packed out with celebrities and gawkers. It was by invitation only (those who knew her and loved her), her friends and family spoke of her walk with the Lord and sang songs of praise and almost no one shed a tear on stage, only smiles and joy that she is finally resting with the Lord.
God knows our purpose before he knows us as a person. I believe that even though Whitney was an amazing singer, that was not her gift to the world. Her gift was to show us that when you die, be sure that the world knows that you loved the Lord. No matter your circumstances, will your FAITH out shine the sorrow? Are you speaking what you believe and people are clear on that?
I wanna be like Whitney Houston!