Hey everyone!!! About a week ago Beyonce dropped both a visual and listening album called Lemonade. Even though many may not agree with this, I am a fan of her musical ability, creativity and her God given talent, and because of this I watched the presentation on HBO. The way in which she markets herself and her music is so incredibly smart and that cannot be taken away from her whether you are a fan or not. After watching the visual album on HBO, I couldn’t help but take away a few points that became the inspiration behind this post.
The first, and probably most obvious takeaway is the old adage “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” This is clearly the theme of the album and the motivation behind the title. Even though this is something that is not relatively new, it is rare that a celebrity gives personal testament to this. In a world where things may not go your way, it is always good to remember to make the best of the situations given to you. So many times I can attest to sulking and wondering why I was going through certain situations, but it is important to make strategic steps to advance yourself no matter what you are facing. You cannot allow yourself to stay stuck in a state of worry and sadness. The best thing you can do is pick yourself up.
The second point to take away is that when you give your personal testimony it will not only help yourself, but it will be an encouragement to others. Through personal conversations, many people felt that Beyonce giving her testimony of the struggles that occurred in her relationship helped them to realize that they were not the only ones to go through something, and also that they too have a chance to overcome. Even though there were many rumors, they were never verified by Beyonce and her husband, so for her to create an album about the breakdown of her relationship shows the world that their relationship is not perfect, and yet their ability to recover created a great testimony. Just like Beyonce, our personal testimony has potential to be empowering and impactful to the lives of others. We never know what someone is going through, and just by us sharing our story and the way we were able to overcome, can encourage someone to know that they can overcome too.
The third point is you will never be able to please everyone. For years the biggest critique people had against Beyonce is her sense of secrecy and lack of openness. This album, in my opinion, was amazingly transparent and vulnerable for her. She opened up to the world and allowed her life to be seen with a magnifying glass to be judged. Even with her doing the thing she was continuously criticized for not doing, she is now being accused of using her issues as a publicity stunt. Through this I learned that no matter what you do people will never fully be pleased or content. There will always be someone who has an issue or fault in your actions. As someone who worked to please everyone, this reassured me that no matter what, you have to do your God given assignment and not be affected by the critiques of others, because they will come regardless.
So, I know the album got a mixture of reviews and commentary from people all over, but I believe there were some things that even we as Christians could take away. I wouldn't advise everyone to listen, but based on your spiritual maturity and personal conviction it may not be a bad thing to check out. Please go like the Pentecostal Perspective Facebook page, follow Pentecostal Perspective’s Instagram and Twitter pages, and share this edition of Pentecostal Opinion. God Bless!!!