*To say Sarah Jakes knows a thing or two about redemption is an understatement.
The daughter of Bishop T.D. Jakes survived as a teen mom as well as moved forward past divorcing her husband, ex-NFL player Robert Henson in 2012 after four years of marriage. Ms. Jakes’ struggle to rebound and find God again after these personal setbacks is detailed in her new memoir, “Lost and Found: Finding Hope in the Detours of Life.” For Jakes, her experience is a testament to God’s love and guidance amid hard times.
The author recently sat down with The Christian Post to address her new book as well as how to reach young people who struggling with faith, the church and their own personal detours in life.
CP: You mention in “Lost and Found” that everyone has to go through “a process,” that transformation doesn’t happen overnight. Can you elaborate?
Jakes: I think we all have this idea and this image of who we want to be in our minds. But we realize we’re so far from that person that it makes us give up completely. But I believe that it really starts with baby steps. It took a long time for me to embrace that. I wanted to recover so quickly from my pregnancy that I missed out on the process of really healing the right way. So I believe that when we break that dream down into baby steps, into “faith without works is dead,” and [are] really determined to do the work, that we’ll look up and one day our lives [will] have been transformed. But it’ll never start if we don’t begin.
CP: There’s been debate about Millennials (18-33-year olds) leaving the Church, and what that might actually mean. But in some cases, young people are in Church, but maybe have mentally or spiritually checked out. What do you say to someone who’s in church but struggling to connect with God?
Jakes: God exists outside of church as well. We don’t have to just search for God in a church service. We have the opportunity to search for Him in the small things, like waking up each day. … You know, choosing to have joy in a situation where we could be terrified. We have to pull God into our everyday lives. He doesn’t just appear. He’s given us free will. Because of that, it is our conscious decision and effort to include Him that really makes the difference.
CP: Your story is one of redemption, hope and finding purpose. Really, that’s the story God offers everyone. But what do you say to someone who’s having a hard time believing that?
Jakes: I believe that as long as you’re struggling to believe it that God can’t really fully redeem us. He’s already given us the story of redemption and hope and purpose when He put Christ on the cross, that is when we received that story. It is up to us to really believe that story, to believe the words and put them into action.
For more of Sarah Jakes’ interview with The Christian Post, click here.