I can remember going down a memory lane of reflection on Wednesday, May 25, 2011. This was final day of the Oprah Winfrey show. About 25 years ago, as a young woman living on her own in Atlanta, daily I would come home from work, prepare a cup of international gourmet instant coffee, and watch the Oprah Winfrey show.
On so many of the days, I felt like I was in a classroom and a much needed one at that. Many of the topics and concerns that she addressed were unconventional yet interesting and informative. I began to really learn positive constructive information from the show and even received information on a medical diagnosis. Of course, I was hooked. I have been an Oprah fan for many years. I felt a particular kindredness to Ms. Winfrey sharing many experiential similarities in socialization and culture. . I watched as year after year she accepted, affirmed, and showed empathy, and blessed millions of people in many ways. So regardless if I agreed with her opinion and stance, I certainly gleened from the content of her shows and by watching her serve so many people in so many ways personifying a major core behavior of Jesus who came to serve and not be served. Serving people IS the way we serve God. We are His hands and feet! Many times in the 25 years, her show reminded me of a passage of scripture, namely Matt.25:
“35‘For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; 36naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ 37“Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? 38‘And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? 39‘When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40“The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’”
I watched as year after year she accepted, affirmed, showed empathy, and blessed millions of people in many ways. She helped people feel comfortable enough to bring aspects of their lives to the light and helped many others reverse curses and paradigms in their lives. So regardless if I agreed with her opinions and stances, I certainly gleened from the content of many of her shows and was inspired by watching her serve so many people in so many incredible ways. I think it is very interesting that on her last show she choose to speak to her audience up close and personal with no guests, but certainly with a few surprises for some people anyway. Ms. Winfrey clarified the reason for her success-Jesus as her “secret weapon”. Wooooo!!! Another similarity. She glorified and professed the “one and only God, G…O….D, the Alpha and Omega” and it was broadcast into MILLIONS of households in hundreds on countries. He who confesses me before men, I will confess before my Father in heaven. I wonder how God used this up close and personal occasion to move MILLIONS of people toward Him even if in small steps. Well Ms. Winfrey, thanks for impacting and making the world a better place and for positively influencing this southern girl. KUDOS!!!!, to God, to you and to your staff. I continue to learn from you- be about what I believe.