Why Christian Women Can Learn A Thing (Or Two) From Beyoncé
By Andrena Sawyer
She's beautiful, successful, and let's face it, she's probably one of the most powerful women in the world right now. Before the Illuminati authorities ostracize me from the Body, let me preface this article by saying I am not a Beyoncé "fan." I have never purchased Beyoncé’s music (for several reasons that I won't get into right now), but as an entrepreneur, I have tremendous respect for her hustle. If I was not a believer before, Beyoncé weekend…I mean Super Bowl weekend made me a believer. Love her or hate it, we can all learn at least two things from Beyoncé.
The Art of Excellence Plain and simple, Beyoncé is good at what she does. A few months ago, twenty-four hours before the long awaited Super Bowl 50, the world was consumed with its own motions. As we all went about our day, most people I knew were not thinking or talking about Beyoncé. Within the hour of releasing her video for "Formation," she had metaphorically broken the internet and was trending on very social media site. Twenty-four hours later, she was performing the hit single that everyone now knew the words to on the largest stage in the world. Within minutes of that performance, she announced a world tour that literally crashed her website.
Lest we forget, this is the second time in about two years that Beyoncé has done a "surprise" release for her fans. Somehow, they're still surprised by her strategies. Love her or hate it, her track record is very clear—she doesn't just set the bar for excellence in entertainment, she clears it.
The Art of Staying Focused There is another thing that I have noticed about Beyoncé. Even back in her Destiny's Child days, her circle seemed small, and her fans rarely hear of any drama involving her in the tabloids. If you are perceptive enough, you may have noticed her small gaffe during her Superbowl performance. You know, the one where she almost fell over during her routine? You may not have noticed it. In fact, I'm sure majority of the people who watched the performance probably didn't notice it either. That's how quickly she bounced back, and there's much to be learned there as well. I've watched many Christian women allow their slip-ups to cripple them. Instead of moving on with our metaphorical dance routine in life, we allow the mistakes to go from a distraction, to becoming the main attraction.
If you can also think back to a little over two years ago, Beyoncé’s husband and sister got into a scuffle in an elevator. Somehow, Beyoncé managed to avoid the drama. For months, I tried to figure out how she remained unscathed after that debacle. The answer is simple: she manages to put distractions, whether it's drama in the tabloids or a misstep in her performance, in their proper context.
Twenty-four hours after Beyoncé/Superbowl weekend, my timeline was filled with women arguing about Beyoncé—her level of consciousness, her talent, the amount of clothes she has on, and yes, whether she is part of the Illuminati. Again, let me be clear, I think such adulation of a mere human being is...unhealthy. Beyoncé may never meet most of us. She may not even care about us beyond the portion of our paychecks that goes into building her empire. However, the truth is that we can all learn a few things from the economics of what Beyoncé does, and how she does it.
I am of the school of thought that whatever we do, we must do it well. I take Colossians 3:23 literally. I have seen way too many Christian women (and men) attempt to do things "for the Lord" in a way that appears mediocre, at best. On a daily basis, I interact with people who start with brilliant ideas, and never follow through. If nothing else, Beyoncé reminds me that we all have talents. While we may not all have the resources that she does, we all know the clear difference that a touch of excellence makes. My hope is that whether you love her, hate her, or barely respect her, we can look at her and admit that there is a standard of excellence. As believers, we should be defining that standard, not be shamed by it.