A Grand Canyon Family Reunion Revelation
PICTURE THIS………You must drive your multi-generational “back-seat driving” family across state lines in TRIPLE digit heat! Sounds like a potential movie, right? Well, I recently drove my mother, uncle, and grandparents to our family reunion in Phoenix, Arizona! The drive to and from Arizona wasn’t exactly memorable, but the family reunion was amazing. It gave me yet further confirmation to pursue a professional & global singing career.
As you probably already know, I’ve been singing quite a while now. Since 5 years old to be exact! But somehow, these family reunions have directly enhanced my courage, discipline, and passion towards singing professionally. My family excels in pushing one another towards sharing their specific gifts. Some dance, some recite poetry, some are photographic experts, and others are quite knowledgeable about our family history: And then there’s me: The Vocalist!
Leading up to our Saturday evening dinner banquet, various family members would approach me throughout the weekend with these statements: “Looking forward to your singing Saturday night,” “You’re going to sing for us, right?” “Your voice is always a highlight of each reunion!” As we toured the breathtaking Grand Canyon with its endless array of rocks, hills, and crevices, I had a revelation! Having a loving and supportive family must never be taken for granted! The same God who created this Grand Canyon (277 miles long, 18 miles wide, and 5,000 feet deep) has personally extended his love towards me through my family’s support. Who knows how many aspiring vocalists & musicians are discouraged from pursuing their dreams (i.e. “Get a regular job,” “It’s time to give it up,” “Enough is Enough already!”). I am so thankful for my family who consistently encourages me to sing. It certainly goes a long way!
P.S. For those interested, my family reunions are every other year. The next one will be in 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. Oh yeah, and my song selection for the Saturday night dinner banquet was “See You Again” by Charlie Puth. It was commemorating our relatives who’ve passed away since the previous reunion!
“And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19