My life has always been such an interesting journey from the time I was conceived. My mother had me at the age of 13 and for most of my life I was raised by my aunt who is only 12 years older then me. I know many of you are thinking “WOW” about now but that’s not even close to half of my story. For most of my life my biological father was in and out of prison and yes an absent father for most of my years. He is currently incarcerated where he has been for the last 12 years I believe and although I have known him my whole life I don’t know him.
In 2005 my mother was murder by a drug dealer who is walking free today because of what he thought not what he knew. By now I know you’re probably thinking “Can it get any worse?” It can but I’ll stop there. Despite these facts and the other things I have experienced in my life there are two things that I am confident in. One being the God I serve and the other being that I was destined to do great things. Not like “all of us are destined to be somebody” but the fact every since I was a child I always saw myself as a household name. Doesn’t every child you asked. NO! Many kids may have goals and want to accomplish something not all kid plays the leading character in school plays, not every kid says they want to be a world renowned author in the sixth grade or envision themselves being a writer for major artists. That was me – that was my dream and it still is years later. The difference in me many kids or people in general is that many say they aspire to do something, do something great or make a difference but only a handful of us hold on to that with ever fiber of our being. For many years of my life I didn’t go after my dreams because of fear and not knowing what direction to take. Now that I have changed my thinking to I am who I’ve always desired to be opportunity comes looking for me.
Most people think that ministry is the extent of who I am but the reality is its only the beginning. For a while I placed everything in two categories: Ministry & Business. Now, although I do business I see everything as ministry. What I do makes a difference in people’s lives both in and outside the pulpit. That’s true ministry. I have my supporters and I have the naysayers but I am determined come hell or high water that “no matter near or far – to the moon or stars I’ll do whatever I need to follow my dream.” Jazmine Sullivan