Begging for Change
It seems as if it was just yesterday I managed to get expelled out of high school because of bad behavior, married and divorced twice, followed by several years of alcohol and substance abuse. Eventually, I ended up homeless and sitting in a parking lot in downtown San Diego. From an early age I've always had a God-consciousness, and during this dark time in my life, it still remained. I remember praying and asking Jesus to help me make the change I so desperately needed in my life. At that moment, the wind blew and an old weather-faded newspaper across my path. I reached down and picked it up, and the first article that caught my attention was entitled, 'Atlanta Georgia Mecca for Blacks.' The article was referring to the increasing number of African Americans that were moving to the city and finding success in business, and unlike years past, they were holding prominent positions in the city such as Mayor and Chief of Police. After reading the article I made a decision to move to Atlanta. After arriving, prior to the Olympic Games, I was directed to a local shelter that serviced the homeless. The receptionist suggested that I participate in their 'personal development' program. During a lecture, an instructor made this statement, 'Until you make a change you will always be begging for change.' I never forgot those words, and they continued to incubate in my spirit as I struggled through my journey of personal transformation. Amazingly, years later, God would inspire me to write a song and produce a project entitled 'Begging for Change.' As a result of my experience with emotional dysfunction, substance, and ultimately becoming homeless, I am committed to helping those who currently find themselves in the same condition. With this project, I will further advance my efforts to reconcile the lost to God and bring wholeness to the spirit. Soul, and body of the found through the mediums of preaching, teaching, counseling, and gospel music.