“You have to cherish things in a different way when you know the clock is ticking, you are under pressure.”~Chadwick Boseman
On August 28th, the shocking news of American actor Chadwick Boseman’s death was announced.
His family released this statement:
At the young age of 43, he lost his four year battle with Colon Cancer. During those four years, he secretly endured surgeries and chemotherapy whilst filming numerous films.
His brilliant role as King T’Challa of Wakanda in Black Panther brought him worldwide recognition, but his acting career starting long before the Marvel Universe.
Boseman attended Howard University, and graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Directing. With the help of mentor Phylicia Rayshad and Denziel Washington, he was able to attend the Oxford Mid-Summer of the British American Drama Academy in London.
If you view Chadwick’s impressive IMDb profile, you can see he portrayed a wide range of iconic characters. From portraying the legendary Jackie Robinson in “42” to the talented James Brown in “Get On Up.” https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1569276/
Not only was Chadwick a talented actor, but more importantly, he was devoted Christian who authentically lived out his Christian life.
In 2018, Boseman gave an inspiring commencement speech at his alma mater (Howard University). He began his 34 minute message by “first, giving honour to the Creator”. In the middle of the speech, he shared the story of his rocky road to success and how he had to have faith in God during the difficult time.”
In his speech, he stated, “Sometimes you need to feel the pain and sting of defeat to activate the real passion and purpose that God predestined inside of you.”
“God says in Jeremiah, I know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future graduating class. Hear me well on this day. When you hit this day when you have reached the hilltop and you are deciding on next jobs, next steps, careers, further education, you would rather find purpose than a job or career.
“Purpose crosses disciplines. Purpose is an essential element of you. It is the reason you are on the planet at this particular time in history. Your very existence is wrapped up in the things you are here to fulfil.
“Whatever you choose for career path, remember the struggles along the way are only meant to shape you for your purpose. When I dare to challenge the system that would relegate us to victims and stereotypes with no clear historical backgrounds, no hopes, talents, when I questioned that method of portrayal, a different path opened up for me.”
In my opinion, when you’re at peace with God, and you know you’re ill, your perceptive/lens about life changes. Your priorities change, and you attempt to live every moment to the fullest.
Chadwick Boseman was an extraordinary man, husband, actor, and he used his sphere of influence for good.
His faith, grace, strength, talent, and resilience is a lasting legacy for the generations to come.
“Well done, good and faithful servant.”~ Matthew 25:23
“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything You gave me.”