Author and speaker Lisa Harper concluded the 2016 “Belmont & Beyond Series,” a schedule of events for students co-sponsored by the Office of Career and Professional Development and the Massey College of Business Career Development Center, with a presentation to more than 150 attendees on Monday, April 18.
Harper’s talk, titled “Walk This Way: Avoiding Potholes in the Path of Life,” told the redemptive story of the adoption of her daughter Missy from Haiti in 2014 after she met the little girl and learned of her mother’s AIDS diagnosis. Harper discussed issues of injustice and how she often worries that things said to Missy might hurt her feelings. Telling of how she is quick to defend Missy when other children have said hurtful things, Harper recalled one instance on a playground where she hopped to Missy’s defense and heard God say to her, “If only you were this quick to defend me.” It was then that Harper realized she wasn’t so quick to defend God when hurtful things are said.
She went on to share stories from the Bible and describe the miracles Jesus allowed his followers to witness. In one, Harper shared about a father who brought his sick son to see Jesus and as he continued to get sicker, the father’s belief in Jesus’s power only strengthened. As the father stood strong in his beliefs, the son was healed. Harper used the story to share encouragement with the crowd and said, “Be preoccupied with Jesus to make it through the potholes…Jesus is your perfect place. Focus on Jesus.”