YOU be the GIFT


Tonight I watched our President on an episode of Running Wild with Bear Grylls. In case you aren’t familiar with Bear, he is a nature survivalist. On his show, he takes a celebrity with him to “rough” it in nature for a full day. They may drink water from streams, hike, eat bugs and raw fish, etc. He even talks about drinking his own urine for survival. The President didn’t eat any bugs, but he did eat salmon that was partially eaten by a bear. Bear Grylls cooked it for the President on a rock!

They chatted asking one another a number of questions. One of the questions that the President asked Bear was, when he was young, did he see himself becoming an advocate for nature? Bear answered, that he just loved being outside and that this is what he did with his dad. That he was the kid who could always climb the highest trees. Nature was what he was good at. It made me think about the scripture that says that your gifts will make room for you and put you before great men. It doesn’t say certain gifts… but your gifts. (I gotta do better about tapping into my gifts. How about you?)

Towards the end of the show, Bear, who professes Christianity, asked the President if he could pray for him. Bear did a sidebar and talked about how awkward and humbling it was to ask the President of the United States if he could pray for him. He didn’t feel like it was something he was “worthy” of doing. But, he wanted to offer something to this man who sacrifices so much for his country.

We never know how much our small gestures mean to people. That prayer may have made the President’s day. Who knows.

I’m going to make more of a concerted effort to be a blessing; to be more impactful in some way daily. Even if it’s a smile; a word of encouragement; a helping hand. I think that it’s so important. You don’t have to feel worthy or wait for the majority to give you the ok. Sometimes, you just need to do it because there’s a need.

The poem that I chose to go with this thought is called, The Feet Washer. It is inspired by Luke 7:36-50. There’s a woman who has a reputation for being sinful who sees that Jesus has a need. Some say that this woman was a prostitute. And though she has some issues, she is perceptive, brave and bold enough to take the opportunity to meet Jesus’ need. She didn’t do this because she had provocative motives. She did it because she loved Jesus and saw that something needed to be done. Do we really care about people enough to follow this woman’s example?



A sin-filled woman went to Simon’s house

to see a man she’d heard about.

He was known to heal the sick, even to give life again.

Some people called him, Master.

Perhaps he’d be her friend.

She said nothing when she saw him, but kneeled down behind his feet.

Oh how precious to behold him, this sister began to weep.

She washed his feet with a river of tears then dried them with her hair.

Anointed them with expensive perfume.

Can imagine the fragrance in the air?

Simon thought, Look at that sin-filled woman and how Jesus is enjoying this!

Does he really know who she is? Is he really a prophet?

Jesus knew what Simon was thinking, then began to let him see all

the lessons who could learn from this woman’s humility.

When I came into your home, you gave me no water for my feet,

no oil for my head, no kiss upon my cheek.

But this sister has not stopped kissing my feet since she came into the room.

She washed them with her tears and anointed them with perfume.

Her sins are now forgiven, washed away behind my feet.

He can do the same for you.

He can make your life complete.

Open up, let him in that your sin-filled life will cease.

And He’ll say to you as he did to her,

Your faith has saved you, go in peace.


Angela B. Alexander



2 thoughts on “YOU be the GIFT

  1. Hey Angela!!! This was a very delightful blog to read. I of course would have probably passed on the half eaten fish that the bear had first dibs on…lol.
    I am reminded of the recent encounter that my daughter, Zarriaunna had with meeting the Mann’s (Tamela and David/aka Cora & Mr. Brown). I shared it on one of my recent Facebook post. Never did she imagine she would have an encounter with greatness. She happened to be at the right place at the right time. She of course was being nervous and scary. You know how kids can be sometimes. You wonder who the opportunities for you or your kids!!!! Had her dad not intervened, she would have missed the opportunity. She was so excited and I believe her life will never be the same because of that one moment. From the selfies they took, if you look at the pictures, she’s not the one holding her phone taking the pictures, he is. So he reached out to her and became a part of her world without hesitation or reserve. Some celebrities would have been rude and maybe even ignored the request (think about how many people ask them for pictures) Often, it has been my prayer that she would be surrounded by greatness and to actually see the fruits of those prayers manifest itself was reassuring, that God does love us and hears us.

    Thanks for sharing Angela!!!!!

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    • Love It!!! I believe Zarianna is going to be a great woman of God. I was thinking that when she came to the networking event with Tasha a few months ago. She was hearing all of this wisdom at her age and around all of these really incredible people. She was a good helper for Tasha and for me that day. You and David are doing a good job with her. We are on our way to GREATNESS! Love you Sis!!


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