DOZ Issue 31 May 2018 - Page 26

thing to do if I prayed on it and God is directing me to do that thing, I’m going to do whatever needs to be done without worrying about what other people think about it. If I’m in the will of God, it’s going to be the right thing at the right time. And so, I don’t let all the negativity cloud my judgement. And let me say this too as we’re talking about getting people to move forward; you feel more comfortable when you’re more informed. So I take calculated risks; I don’t just run out and do things without having done my homework and researched it and prayed about it and taken my time to think it through and to hear from God and that kind of thing, so that by the time I am ready to make some move, I feel very solid in my decision. Is waging war on fear a one-time thing, or do we constantly need to wage war on fear? Yeah, I think it’s constant because things just keep coming at us from every angle. All you need to do is look at the front page of a newspaper or news website, and you can see all the negativity, and there’s a lot to be worried about if you want to live your life like that. But for us as Christians, we know that the word of God tells us that these things are to come to pass in the last days, so I just look at it as the Bible being fulfilled. These are that are supposed to occur and for me as a Christian I know I am protected, I am safe, and I am supposed to be doing the work right now, at this particular time, to bring people in, to bring them to the cross, to witness to them about the goodness of the Lord, to help save some of them. So, there’s the need to evangelize. I am not one to go out and knock people over the head with my testimony or to beat them over the head with scripture or anything like that, but I do plant seeds, I plant seeds because I want people to hear me and sometimes people are not ready, so I think we make a mockery of the word of God when we go in, and we’re all so holy and so pious, and we’re shouting at them about the word. I don’t think you have to do all that. Sometimes, it requires that we just plant a seed and let Him do the rest, right? So, I do walk boldly in my faith; I don’t mind telling people I am a Christian. I work in a very secular industry and so even as I go out and train people and coach people in corporate situations, I do plant those seeds there. I’ll tell people, when I am talking about diversity and inclusion, I’ll mention it in class that I am a black woman, who is a Christian, from the south, you know, all those things that identify who I am. So, at the end of the day, if they want to talk to me about my Christianity, I don’t have a problem at all because I have confessed it before them. So, people are constantly needing to fight fear, yes, because so much continues to crop up every day, so I encourage people to continue to stay faithful and not allow it to dominate their lives. I see that you are currently working on a book, Defeating Goliath: A Lesson in Problem Solving. Please tell us a bit about this book. the things « 26 DOZ Magazine May 2018 So, there we go again, I’m still witnessing, I’m evangelizing in my work (she laughs). So, I chose a Bible story, this is more of a business book, and it’s been a while since I’ve written a book, and I’m still far behind, but I’m using this to help with problem-solving. I see my work as ministry even though I don’t go preaching to people in these corporations, but I see it as a ministry we just call it something different. When I teach people about diversity and inclusion, I am teaching