“I am the Door; anyone who enters in through Me will be saved (will live). He will come in and he will go out [freely], and will find pasture.” (John 10:9 AMP)
Today, I want to take time to recognize and honor the leaders who were most instrumental in making it possible for me to be the person that I am today: my parents. I was born in 1963–the height of the civil rights movement. Whenever possible, my parents pushed back on the often unspoken boundaries and stereotypes ascribed to African-Americans. From a very young age, my parents taught me that the doors of opportunity were already open. My responsibility was to walk through them.
My parents taught me that:
1. I was uniquely created by God to do great things;
2. I was a leader; and
3. I could overcome any challenge with creativity, perseverance, and God’s help.
I am so thankful for my parents who instilled leadership qualities in me that make me who I am today.
Who are the leaders who influenced you to become who you are today?
This post is part of Leadership Opportunity Fest Blog Tour, hosted by Bill Treasurer. Watch the Leadership Opportunity Fest webinar here, find his book on Amazon, and then join us for the blog tour on August 13 as we celebrate leaders who open doors!
(I made the photograph of the flower above at Barrington Hall in Roswell, Georgia, July 2013.)