When I was younger, I always made sure my homework got completed on time and studied for every test. Well since everyone knew that, a few would want to copy my homework or cheat off of my test…and I wasn’t having that! LOL! My philosophy was, “Oh no! You’re not going to use me! I didn’t work my behind off while you were out having fun so that you could just copy my work!” Years later, I noticed that I developed a problem with sharing, always afraid of being taken advantage of.
So fast-forward to today, one day before the one month anniversary of the loss of my stepfather. Sometimes that word “stepfather” can have a negative connotation, like it’s a step below or beneath your biological parents. So I’ll call him my “bonus” Dad! He was in my life since the age of 1 years old. With Father’s Day around the corner, it hit me while I was shopping for Father’s Day cards that I don’t have to get two cards this year. I usually get one for my Dad and one for my “Bonus” Dad. I can’t lie; I shed a couple tears walking out of the store that day because the fact of the matter is… he’s gone. I’m pretty sure that when his birthday comes around and when we hit the major holidays it’s going to be tough. But one thing that gives me joy is that he’s basking in the glory of HEAVEN! And we will definitely meet again!
With the death of my “Bonus” Dad and the recent death of Dr. Maya Angelou, it really hit me, more than ever, that life isn’t promised. We won’t be here forever. God has blessed us with so many gifts and talents and has provided an abundance of wondrous things in this world for us to view and explore. Don’t be afraid to share what God has deposited in you because you’re afraid of people taking advantage of or belittling what you have to offer! Get used up!! When your time has come, you shouldn’t want there to be anything left to give! Live life in a way so that everything that God has deposited in you will be planted as a seed which will grow and bless many generations after you!! Be USED, Be BLESSED, and Be a BLESSING!