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Can I keep it 100 with you guys?

Can I keep it 100 with you guys? Each day, I ask God to help me expand my vision to go beyond what I know as being familiar. Especially, since the personal word I heard from the Lord for 2017 was “No more, comfort zones!”

This past weekend during Praise and Worship one of our team members got caught in the Spirit. Let me start off by telling you; she has the sweetest and purest soul you will ever experience and is just a joy to be around. Her getting caught “In the Spirit,” however, is not out of character when a song she is ministering begins to minister to her. There was a time or two I was grateful for my past basic usher training kicking in because I was able to use it on the spot to assist.

On Sunday, at first, I got distracted and caught myself acting like a Pharisee, judging what I found to be odd while watching her. Which is funny because people have told me sometimes while leading it looks like I am about to jump off the stage and run around the sanctuary. The other week actually during Bible Study, I did leave the stage for a moment, but to just sing at the feet of the altar to engage the congregation, since I was ministering solo. So, though my fellow team member’s behavior was odd in some ways, I could understand. I thought to myself am I the pot, calling the kettle black?

Then I took a glance at the congregation and saw how free parishioners especially those in her age bracket were in worship because of the freedom my teammate exhibited in hers. At that moment I repented. She was not up there performing she was, in fact, leading the parishioners in praise! Maybe she got a little nervous while up there or just really got caught up and that is why she ended up doing what she did. Who knows, only she and God. All I know is that I received a lesson or two out of the experience and was truly blessed by it.

© 2017, Lela Jefferson Fagan. All rights reserved.

Lela Jefferson Fagan is the author of the book “Poetry of a Black Girl: The Darkness and the Light” and lead blogger at “Memoirs of a Black Girl”. Lela is an avid reader “A Real Bookworm” of all things in print. She finds joy in sharing socially and blogging about topics that matter the most to her. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Lela now lives in Houston, TX with her husband Oji, an educator and Football Coach. @LelaJFagan - See more at:

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