By Eren Mckay
Filed under Personal Development and Growth
(<< Whitney Houston performing On ABC's Good Morning America in NYC)
Watching Whitney Houston being interviewed by Oprah Winfrey was so inspiring to me and completely different from that infamous interview with Diane Sawyer.
Honestly when I watched Whitney being interviewed by Diane Sawyer several years ago, my vision of Whitney shattered and I was completely disappointed.
She had been such an inspiration to me in my childhood. I absolutely loooved listening to her.
Her music brought me such joy and motivation.
Her interpretation of the songs were unlike any other singer and it all felt so true. When she sang you could feel that she was bearing her soul to everyone. I have to say I have not found another singer that quite knows how to interpret the songs in such a way to be so moving.
Diane Sawyer interview = dumbfounded
So when I listened to her “Diane Sawyer interview” I was completely dumbfounded.
Was this the Whitney that I loved?
Was this the woman that I looked up to?
And all of a sudden I wondered if all of that inspiration that I had felt was real or was it just a “fabricated” Hollywood thing?
You might think, how could an interview affect you so much, Eren? Well it affected me because her music inspired me. The lyrics moved me to stand up for things. And if she wasn’t living what she was singing, it kind of made the songs lose meaning to me. This may sound crazy but it’s exactly how I felt.
The other thing is that she had already shared with the world that she had a relationship with Jesus and so did I. So that made me feel even more “connected” to her.
So when she came around and said certain things like “crack is whack” and “cocaine is better than crack” on air, I literally just sat there with my jaw dropped to the floor.
Couldn’t she see that her actions were affecting her health and her family? Was she not understanding that she was throwing away the body, the opportunities and talents that God had given her?
I kept asking myself: doesn’t she know Jesus?
Doesn’t she know the truth?
What is she doing!?!? And I just wanted to shake her into waking up and just snapping out of it.
I wasn’t “judging her”. Not at all. I was rooting for her because I really liked her. I frankly was appalled because she was my favorite singer of all times. On so many occasions I had said there was no one like Whitney. No singer could get me quite as moved as she could.
And after that “Diane Sawyer interview” I began to pray for Whitney.
In all of these years I’ve really missed and frankly mourned the loss of her breath-taking performances.
The Real Whitney is back
Well tonight I watched her being interviewed by Oprah Winfrey and I cried like a baby.
In fact I’m crying again. And I understood that the Whitney that was interviewed years ago by Diane Sawyer was not the real Whitney but someone who had lost her way. Someone who was being influenced to believing deceptive lies. And all of these lies derailed her from her true self. So the things that she had said were completely influenced by wrong thinking. Her mind had gone astray. The real Whitney is a child of God who was created with a purpose. She is strong in Him.
( Whitney and her daughter Bobbi Kristina on stage >>>)
Tonight when I saw her being interviewed by Oprah I saw a transformed Whitney. The one who we all love and cherish. She was being so open and honest about her life, her feelings, her marriage and her drug addiction. You could tell how much love she has for her daughter Bobbi Kristina. All I could do was cry.
Whitney suffered a lot of emotional pain. And while sitting there I understood that my perception of her years ago was about a certain moment in her life in which she was lost. My perception of her was not of the real person of who Whitney really is and who God wants her to be.
Whitney Houston is a wonderful person. She truly is. God has a purpose and a plan for Whitney and she got derailed from her true calling for a while.
But you know what? Everyone who prayed for her to get on track again should know that those prayers worked. And tonight she was back on track and able to show why we feel so completely moved and touched when she sings. It’s because of who she is inside and Who’s she is.
While being interviewed she continually said that God gave her the strength to move on. That it is her faith that keeps her moving. The words that she used and her spirit- I really could feel that she truly believes in Jesus Christ. And while she is human and has made her fair share of mistakes I believe her faith is genuine. She has strayed away so many times from God’s path yet she has come back. The Lord used her mom to get her back on track. Thank you Jesus- praise be to God.
Never lose hope
Her story has touched me in a very deep level. It shows us that no matter how far we may seem to be and even in a seemingly hopeless situation – God can still bring us back. Her story reminded me of the parable of the prodigal son and how we should never lose faith. We should take it as a wake up call to not waver and that goal setting is so important to keep us on track.
The true children of God will not be lost in the end no matter how lost they may seem.
At the end of the Oprah special she sang and it was so incredibly fantastic!
Her song was emotional and open. It was so moving. Oprah and most of the audience were all crying (and so was I- LOL :-D). It was just beautiful.
Here’s my favorite song of hers 😉
Whitney Houston is not a quitter. She is a child of God and I really pray that she may continue on the right path for the rest of her days here on Earth.
We love you Whitney!
You keep going girl ♥ x ♥ x♥
So what about you? Has Whitney’s life and music inspired you in some way? Please do share in the comment section below, I’d love to hear your thoughts 😉
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