Sunday, April 11, 2010

My Father's Business




So, these past few weeks have been tough to say the least, but time has revealed that there is a great work that needs to be done in the earth. I have had the opportunity to have my dad the longest out of all his daughters and I have truly been blessed as a result. In my 27 years, I have witnessed my father dream without measure. He would think of something and immediately be able to execute it. Above all his dreams, talents, projects, and ventures, he just wanted to be remembered. To be celebrated. It came to me as I was going through all of his tapes, his jerseys, his designs on his computer, and all of his stuff he left behind. Goodness. How will I be able to carry his legacy on? How can I assure that the world never forgets my daddy? It is so much. God began to speak and this is what He said..... "He may be gone in body, but he left some great works to be done in the earth and YOU have to do them."


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"Me.... God, you can't be for real. I can't do all the things THE Michael Mitchell did. He was a genius."...


I could literally hear God laughing out loud, weirdest thing. You see, so many times we get caught up in the abilities and success of a person, without giving true regard to the person who gave them the ability to do all these things. I kept hearing Philippians 4:13 resonate throughout my mind, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me". Every time I looked at one of dad's many inventions or innovations, I was in awe. All the things he was able to accomplish was simply a result of having an intimate relationship with God. Not because he went to Harvard, not because he trained at Julliard, not because he went to MIT, but because he took the time to be before the Lord.


You see, as we are afforded a new mornings daily, and God's mercies are renewed, we should make it our business to give God the glory and ask for ALL that we need. Whether it be a parking space at the mall, to a cancer diagnosis being turned around, to getting approval on a new house or scholarship, or even the finances to survive during a so-called recession. God can do all things because he's BEEN doing all things. God is not a man that He should lie. ( And Lord knows there are a bunch of lying men... that's another post... lol)


Tomorrow will make 1 full month since my father went home to the ultimate paradise. Where there is no pain, no lies, no guilt, no disappointment. Where my grandmother and my great grandparents are, his best friends that left too soon, and even people that he dreamed to one day meet. Man, one full month without Michael Mitchell on the earth. You couldn't have told me on January 1, 2010, that I would only have 3 months to soak up all the daddy I could. I would of told you that you were a bold face lie. lol. But it seems as though daddy knew. 2 weeks before his stroke, he transferred his anointing to me ....DOUBLE. It was so random that it took me off guard. He rubbed both of my hands and prayed over me. He kept stressing to me the importance of time and precious moments. He gave me all of his passwords, names of his best friends, favorite songs, and how to run all of his businesses. Yea, he knew.


So, in these next critical days in my life, I must continue to carry on my father's business. His business of changing lives, loving God's children, being creative & innovative, making "out of the box" jersey & t-shirt designs, and doing the works of the Lord. My dad has prepared me to be heir to his throne as a baby. He sowed countless hours in prayer and special moments in me so I could spiritually move forward with all that he has left behind. I will now: act as President of his companies, be my mother's full time backbone, be a great parental support to my little sisters, and definitely step up my intimate relationship with God.


For you see, it's not all about the earthly education and training that prepares you for your destiny, but instead, it comes from being set aside and spending countless hours before the Lord in prayer and praise. At 27, I will be able to stand amongst giants in the body because I know that is who my father prayed for me to be.


Fast forward 1 year from now, who knows what God would have done. As I continue to carry out my father's business by doing the heavenly Father's business, I know that I am walking in purpose....


In steadfast prayer,


Mel