Today's Beltway Buzz is breaking out a bit from the usual blog entry. For those looking for something a little more political, hopefully you'll extend some grace. (If not, there's always The Brody File!)
Recently, our John Jessup sat down with gospel music legend Dr. Bobby Jones.
He's known for his baritone voice, big personality, and bright and flashy suits. Jones is also directly responsible for helping launch the careers of some of the most famous names in the gospel music industry through his TV show, "Bobby Jones Gospel." (Think Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams, and the singing duo Mary Mary)
While he appears to be at the top of his game, what most people don't know about the musical pioneer is that it wasn't always sunshine for Bobby Jones. To steal a phrase from the late Walter Hawkins' tune "Be Grateful" -- "God' has not promised me sunshine ... but a little rain."
During our interview, Jones publicly revealed for that first time that he suffered verbal and physical abuse when he was a young boy at the hand of his father.
Jones admits he became bitter and eventually grew to hate his dad. But through God's grace and believing in the biblical promises of the Word, he ultimately forgave his father and surrendered the shackles of his painful childhood.
Now, he's using his testimony to encourage others who might have trouble letting go of the past. And that's the key: using our life experiences -- the good and the bad -- to help those around us.
Returning to the lyrics of Hawkins' song, it continues with the refrain: "a little rain mixed with God's sunshine -- a little pain; Makes me appreciate the good times. Be grateful."
Sometimes, things happen that are beyond our control. But, as believers, we know God ultimately is in control and can redeem our hurts, failures, and brokenness.
That's what he did for Bobby Jones. And he can do the same for you.
Remember, "all things work together for the good of those who love God, to them who are called according to His purpose." Rom. 8:28