Today is the 2nd anniversary of the death of arguably one of the greatest vocalist to walk this earth. It’s crazy to think that it’s already been 24 months since Whitney Houston passed and the world had the opportunity to mourn the loss and witness her Homegoing/Celebration Of Life/Funeral Service. I’m a firm believer that you can find amazing life and leadership lessons in almost every situation and scenario. The good, bad and ugly are all opportunities to learn, if we will just be willing to open our eyes, ears and heart.
I’m reflecting back on some of the thoughts I had captured a couple of years ago during Whitney’s Funeral Service. My thoughts developed into some life and leadership lessons. These lessons echoed true then, today and will for years to come. Below are some lessons from the life of the one that we came to know as “The Voice.” Yes Whitney was called “The Voice” way before the singing competition was even envisioned.
5 Leadership & Life Lessons From Whitney Houston
- 1. You Have What It Takes – Kevin Costner said that although Whitney Houston was hugely successful, she still asked this question, “Am I good enough, pretty enough & will they like me?” His response was this, “You were great, beautiful & they loved you.” You have what it takes, you must truly believe it deep down inside.
- 2. God Does The Fixing – Whitney Houston was quoted saying these words, “Any way you fix me Lord, I’ll be satisfied.” There is a lot of power and humility in that quote. Lord I’m broken, I know I need fixed, not sure what fixed means, but I so desperately need whatever help you can give me.
- 3. You Have To Step Out To Find Out – As Whitney Houston’s Musical Director Rickey Minor talked about his experience with Whitney Houston singing the Star Spangled Banner. Rickey said they were trying to figure out how to make it special and they didn’t know what they were doing. Rickey said you have to step out and he said it this way, “God said Go For It, Go Ahead… We did it and it changed my life.” You have to step out to find out.
- 4. Stop Ridiculing & Give Love – Whitney’s death showed how easy it is for people to ridicule instead of seeing the bright side of things. Many people were quick to point out her challenges and shortcomings instead of the positives of her life. Whitney’s funeral showed what happens when people point out the positive aspects of someone’s life – It Inspires! Whitney’s bodyguard Ray Watson talked about what performers like Whitney go through just to give people a little entertainment. His final words were, “Stop Ridiculing & Give Love!”
- 5. Your Life Can Be A Larger Impact Than You Know – Whitney will go down as one of the best vocalists in modern day history. Whitney sold millions of records, in addition to making millions of people smile, laugh, sing and dance. Although she made an impact on this world before she left this earth, it’s arguable that her funeral may have had the most eternal impact of any artist to date. The world was watching as God’s orchestration of some of the most amazing communicators of the gospel. During a moment that many thought was going to be a low or sad occasion, God used Whitney Houston’s Homegoing Celebration to lift the name of Jesus High.
We are naive at best if we don’t understand how much Whitney’s life and funeral impacted the world with the Gospel. Pastor Rick Warren said it best during the funeral service when he tweeted this, “WhitneyHouston’s funeral shared the Gospel today with more people today than most of us ever will.”