Sarah Jakes Roberts was once challenged by the fact that no matter how many books she writes or people she motivates, there are people who will identify her as the daughter of the renowned Bishop T.D. Jakes.
If that wasn’t enough, Jakes Roberts married a megachurch pastor and Christian influencer in his own right, Pastor Touré Roberts of One Church International in Los Angeles, California.
The thought of her identity being wrapped up in that of her well-known father and husband once bothered the businesswoman, author and speaker who just released her book, Don’t Settle for Safe: Embracing the Uncomfortable to Become Unstoppable, this week.
“It used to be challenging because I would feel like I want to have my own lane. I wanted to do it my way,” she told CP. “I didn’t want the pressure that comes with it.”
However, the 28-year-old who currently co-pastors One Church with her husband came to realize that she was doing herself a disservice by trying to distance herself from the notable men in her life.
“I realized the more I made it my mission to separate myself, the less I was able to truly become who I am,” she said. “My connection with my husband and with my father is one of covering.”
Jakes Roberts said she realizes that she doesn’t have to face things alone with her husband and father present to protect and cover her.
“When I get into a room or get into a certain place, they’ve already assessed it and can tell me, as my father would say, ‘where the dead bodies are,'” she said. “I have to be mindful of certain environments.”
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SOURCE: The Christian Post