Bishop T.D. Jakes is the man with wisdom beyond his years. One of the most well-respected preachers of our time, he has made his fortune helping others while learning from his past. The best selling author, stopped by The Arsenio Hall Show to talk his latest project as well as give back story on his upbringing. Being that both the host and guest are from major religious backgrounds, they took us to church as Jakes gave quotable stories and interesting outlooks from Barack Obama to his early years first start off. Take a look at excerpts from his interview and then watch it in full below.
Advising President Obama:
I don’t advise him about political issues, I’m mostly here to pray or to encourage or work
through community issues, that sort of thing. I don’t think the country would still be standing if I was to advise him about international affairs. One thing that causes your wisdom to be key is to keep it in the fences of your experiences and expertise so I never go over the fence there. I’m honored to be able to pray and speak in to encourage during times of crisis like 9/11 or moments of devastation like Katrina. I was boots on the ground, I was actually active when they were bringing bodies out of the houses.
First Starting Off:
I went back to the house I started my family in and that was the house. At 26 years old I had a wife and two kids and one of the three utilities on at any given time. You had to pick which on by the season. One time the lights were out in the house, I told them we’re going to play a game to see who can get to the bed in night without stomping their foot—I couldn’t bare to tell them I couldn’t keep the utilities on at the same time. When I came back to the house and my 56-year-old self came back and drove up on the driveway and looked at my 26-year old self peering out at the window, wondering if I would survive that moment. At 56, I wanted to tell my 26-year-old self, you made it.
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