I’m a bit of a reality show junkie. Most reality TV shows are a lot like junk food. They taste good but are undoubtedly bad for you when consumed repeatedly. The ladies of Mob Wives, Bad Girls Club, Real Housewives, Love and Hip Hop, and a host of other reality stars are far from tasteful and uplifting. There are, however, some positive images of women behaving uprightly. Shows like Tia and Tamera and Mary Mary have done well, so I was pleased to see the premiere of The Sheards which documents the life of gospel powerhouse Karen Clark Sheard and her family.
On a recent episode, songstress Kierra “Kiki” Sheard was invited to sing at an open mic night. There were two other performers that came before her. One of the spoken word artist’s rhymes included profanity. Another man humored the audience by poking fun at religion and church folk. Then it was Kierra’s turn. She sang a medley of gospel songs, and while I thought she sang well, she later sobbed in the bathroom disappointed in her performance. Before taking the stage she feared how her message would be received. Her insecurity stemmed from a desire to please everyone around her. She didn’t want to offend anyone whose beliefs may not have been the same as her own.
Matthew 5:14-16 You are the light of the world – like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. (NLT)
I’m a fan on Kierra so my opinion is biased, but I like the show and appreciate her transparency. As great of a singer as Kierra is, even she has insecurities about performing in front of people. Beyond being a minister of music, she’s still a person. Kierra even discusses her battle against the bulge and wanting to live a healthier lifestyle whilst being a lover of foods that aren’t particularly contributing to that goal.
If I could give her a word of encouragement, I would remind her of the scripture above. God has given her a gift and has called her to use it for the building of His kingdom. Her voice and the Good News it proclaims has the power to win souls for Christ. Whether she be in a coffee shop, church, or concert she shouldn’t be afraid to please God for the sake of pleasing mere people.
God can change an atmosphere with His profound word and His presence. Since we are made in His image (Gen 1:27) and are heirs to His throne (Rom 8:17), we have inherited this same authority. Have you ever had someone say something like, “I don’t know what it is about you… I just can’t put my finger on it.” Why can’t they figure you out? What is it that you have that is so radiant? Jesus proclaims He is the light of the world in John 8:12. Since we, believers, have been given the gift of salvation, we too have a light, Jesus, within us. Don’t let anyone or anything snuff it out.