I remember how as a child, other kids would call me names and laugh at me cause I had bad teeth. Music and fashion became the mask I chose to hide behind. I would spend countless hours in front of the mirror trying to practice how to pronounce words in a certain way, so that people would not see my damaged teeth! There were few words I just couldn’t say without my bottom teeth showing, so I would put my hand in front of my mouth and pretend like I’m scratching my chin or pretended like it’s a cool gesture I do.
I didn’t want anyone to tell me that I can’t sing in public or do any TV work because of my teeth. So I continued PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES, till one day (in 2015) when my Worship Pastor invited me for a coffee after two strong morning services we had at our Hillsong Church Pretoria campus. I was nervous, I seriously didn’t know what to expect. Guess what? He said ” Denga, I feel like you are ready to lead worship.”
I froze for a while and many thoughts went through my mind; ‘I don’t know if am capable to lead worship or if I am ready.’, but in my heart I knew I’m called to do this.
The thought of having a camera pointing on my face throughout the entire worship set didn’t sit well with me. I felt hopeless cause I knew right there and then that I had to take on the responsibility of leading people to God’s throne. Yet I still didn’t want to expose myself and my little insecurity to the church. So the only way out was to tell him about it and to my surprise he never noticed that I had bad teeth. Funny right?😀 All those hours standing in front of the mirror might have worked.
To cut the long story short, I agreed to take on the responsibility and man, I’m so happy I get to do this. There’s nothing else I love more than seeing people being set free and finding their purpose through worship. Anyways, it didn’t take long for me to get my teeth fixed and guess what? I didn’t pay a cent for the surgery. I got blessed by someone and I am grateful. I wonder where I would’ve been today if I let that destroy the dream God placed in my heart ever since I was a young boy, of building His Kingdom and Glorifying Him with my gifts and talents.
Why am I sharing my story with you? Just to remind you not to let today’s setbacks determine your future. Keep pushing and using what God has placed in your hands and He will bless that. Don’t give up on your calling because it seems impossible to start now. Keep God and His house first & He will take care of your house.