— Niya Tanielle
Whitney Houston has dominated the news many times during the years, for her chart topping music, legal and marriage woes, and the constant battles with drugs and alcohol.
When I left church Saturday evening, a friend met me outside and informed me that Whitney Houston had passed.
Like millions I was shocked and saddened, but angry most of all. I remember singing into a hair brush reciting her songs word for word as a teen, and laughing at the jokes made in later years, during the Whitney Houston/Bobby Brown saga.
Through all the jokes, news stories, and wild antics, the demise of Whitney Houston has become a teaching tool to show how a simple suggestion by the devil can destroy a life. In an interview, she stated that as a young superstar she was sheltered, wasn’t allowed to go certain places, and with the money and access to anything she wanted, she said, “I was looking for my young womanhood.”
The devil will convince us that we’re missing something. That life is passing us by and everyone else is “having fun.” All of us can remember times when we didn’t want to be left out of the mix, so we placed ourselves in environments that weren’t healthy or productive. No one wants to be the last person picked for kickball!
All the devil needs is for us to allow him to rob us of our birthright as children of the most high God. Whitney Houston had a God given talent was extinguished, with deep Gospel roots, and her music will be missed. My prayers go out to Bobbi Kristina and the Houston family.