A few days ago marked the seventh anniversary of the day I was arrested. Back then I knew a girl who was a professional “booster” and despite my mother’s warning about her character, I decided to associate with her. By the end of that summer, I had gained a friend along with a rap sheet.
It sounded like a good idea when she offered to steal me a few outfits in exchange for a ride to the mall. It seemed harmless yet beneficial to be a chauffeur for the day if I would be able to return to my Black college campus in style for my sophomore year. With over $2,000 worth of “HOT” merchandise we proceeded to exit the doors of Carson Pirie Scott only to be abruptly stopped by security. To make a long story short, God blessed me with a public defender that was able to get my charge reduced from a FELONY to a misdemeanor. He hopefully instructed me that I would be able to get the charge expunged or sealed by the time I graduated in three years. However, seven years have passed and I’m still waiting…
Last week my cousin informed me of a job fair for ex-offenders. Instantly, I felt as if there was nothing they could offer me because I refused to work a factory job having obtained a Bachelor’s degree and pursuing a Master’s. In my mind, ex-offenders are only left with the bottom of the barrel positions because no one hires us anyway…so why bother? Despite my lack of enthusiasm, my cousin continued to throw the idea around until I gave in.
“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14 NIV)
As I drove in silence, I chose to take that moment and talk to God. I was sure to express that I was not exactly sure why I was even going but I learned as a little girl that obedience to God is better than any sacrificial offering. I went even further to verbalize that no matter what the outcome, this would be at least an opportunity to promote EmpowerMoments in order to give Him the glory. I promised that I would give a card to every woman in the room–job or not.
After visiting a few tables I realized there was a live radio broadcast going on by a local station. I made my way over in hopes of talking to someone about a job that would utilize my Telecommunications degree. However, I was asked to sit down for an impromptu interview. I eagerly grab the headphones and adjusted the mic for my debut. Just being myself, I intrigued the station manager enough for a one on one once the q&a wrapped up. She was impressed by my natural ability to roll with the punches but she was truly WOWED by my excitement for EmpowerMoments! I passed her a card and gave her a quick overview of what we stand for. By the end of my synopsis she offered me a trial spot on Sundays entitled EMPOWERMOMENTS!
“No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV)
God is so awesome that He literally turned an upset into a setup for a blessing. Not only did He give me faith that someone will hire me despite my past but He showed me that as long as I am seeking to glorify Him there are NO LIMITS!
Thank You for turning a gloomy situation into a splendid opportunity. Please forgive me for the times that I have placed restrictions and boundaries on You. You have turned my circumstances around on many occasions only to add credibility to my testimony. Thank you! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, I encourage each of you to EMPOWER yourself to remove the limits from God. Let Him take control for a moment and doors that have been closed before will be opened and your blessing will be there with your name on it! Be Blessed! 🙂
Allow Israel & New Breed’s “Take the Limits Off” to minister to you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5gMiYGG5AE
Ms. Latasha Sampson is an accomplished writer who is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Human Resources Management. She resides in Nashville, Tennessee where she is a faithful member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Her favorite scripture is “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn” Isaiah 54:17