As me and people around the world mourn the sudden death of singer Whitney Houston, I can only imagine her last moments here on earth. After listening to numerous television reports, they all seemed to immediately focus on the negative aspects of her short life. Yes she in fact made mistakes, but haven’t we all. If we were all perfect then the mere fact of Jesus Christ dying on the cross for our sins would be in vain. Whitney was blessed with a powerful gift that she humbly shared with all. A gift that has reached the hearts of many and even brought tears to the eyes of some. There was so much more to her life than the spotlighted negative. Whitney’s voice was amazing and like no other because she could hit notes within notes that would make any musical genius stand in ovation. The mere pressures of life can be so extreme even for me, so I can only imagine it from her perspective. The mountain that stood in her path, she fought to overcome it, but when you try and try, giving your best efforts and all the first reports are of that negative mountain. Can you imagine, whenever she turned on the tv, surfed the web or listen to the radio, someone was shining a dark light on her life. No reports of encouragement, forgiveness, kind words, or simply of great the voice or who the person truly is…..that is pressure. How can one truly overcome, when others fail to forget our sins? I am deeply saddened. When I think of Whitney and all that she endured, I hear her singing “I Look to You” a song with very powerful lyrics like; “As I lay me down, Heaven hear me now, I’m lost without a cause, After giving it my all , Winter storms have come, And darkened my sun, After all that I’ve been through, Who on earth can I turn to?” In light of this tragedy, I say to everyone no matter your profession be mindful of the words you spew, because you never know how your words affect the life of another. Life is about forgiveness. If all one can remember is the negative about another then this world is in a sad and shameful state. I am reminded of 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11 For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. My heart goes out to Whitney’s daughter Bobbi Kristina, her mother Cissy and even her ex-husband Bobby Brown. I maybe a nobody to some, but my words are true and from my heart. Whitney I celebrate your gift of song, your achievements, your ability to command us to listen, dance and smile through your songs. I celebrate you as a mother, a friend, a daughter or simply a role model to those following in your musical footsteps. We will miss you, but your spirit will live on in your songs.