Think on These Things: Part II

Lyndia Grant | 6/7/2012, 4:49 p.m.

Finally, brethren ... whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8

By Lyndia Grant

Immediately following the death of my father in July, I knew that I needed to throw myself into my work and allow God to use me as His vessel even more.

Email after email went out, asking businesses to believe in me and afford me an opportunity to host a radio show. It didn't feel as though I was working on this project sufficiently, but my email history tells me otherwise. While searching for a file tonight, I was shocked at the amount of effort that I had put into planning for this radio show. I cannot remember doing so much work!

My radio ministry began to take on a life of its own late last year when my first big sponsor came through - attorney Jack H. Olender. The email showed up on my Blackberry as my plane touched down in Puerto Rico - I was there on business in November and it felt surreal - like something right out of a movie. As I read the email from Mr. Olender, my enthusiasm got a jolt and my hope rekindled. "Thank you Mr. Olender, you encouraged and believed in me."

I met Mr. Olender many years ago, while working for a female attorney; then we worked together later at the African American Civil War Memorial. He's a member of the board of directors, with former D.C. Council member Frank Smith.

Mr. Olender and Mr. Smith surprised me when I graduated from college back in 2000. They attended my graduation celebration at the Roof Terrace Restaurant at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Northwest. At age 49 finally, the "Sharecropper's Daughter" had earned her bachelor's degree in Communications from Trinity College right here in Washington, D.C.

I'm digressing here, but it took a lot of hard work to finally get my degree. Plus, I want you to see how I practice success principles that I write about in this column.

During my final year at Trinity it was suggested I earn my final 31 credits via the Trinity Experiential Lifelong Learning (TELL) for Undergraduate Students. Trinity awards credit for learning acquired through non-college experience prior to entering college or returning to pursue a college degree. Such experience, as prior experiential learning, may result from activities that include work experience, volunteer work, community service, travel abroad, or military or Peace Corps experience.

Blessed to earn all 31 credits needed during one year, God was with me; and over the course of one semester, each class that I took - I was fortunate to come through with flying colors. African-American history yielded 4 college credits because of my role as project director of the African American Civil War Memorial. Sister Mary Hayes, the department chair told me that the entire History department awarded me one extra credit. They felt my work was deserving of the extra point.

When graduation day finally arrived, I thanked Sister Mary Hayes for the one extra credit, and asked her "How did you know I needed one more credit in order to graduate?" She said, "We gave you the extra credit because you earned it. We didn't know you needed an extra point. If we did, we might not have given it to you." That was God!

Other sponsors I'd like to thank include The Washington Informer Newspaper, my biggest supporter; John & Vinnie Best of Capitol Entertainment Services, Inc.; Chartered Health Plan and the Law Offices of W. Alton Lewis and Shelore A.C. Williams. Thank you.

Lyndia Grant speaks all across the country, visit her website at www.lyndiagrant.com, send comments to lyndiagrant@lyndiagrant.com, or call 202-518-3192.