The name Roxane Battle may not be familiar to you. As I’ve been writing these posts, my desire is to discuss people you know and also introduce you to new friends. Every person has a story, and God can use them to provide insight and help us grow.
Roxane Battle had much success professionally as a news reporter and TV anchor. She was sent on many assignments and interacted with notable people such as Jay Leno, Mariah Carey, and the musician Prince.
So often in life, we want to “matter,” to have a high-profile career or recognition. Our dreams do not typically have us sitting on the sidelines, but front and center. We want to make a difference.
If this definition is how we see our lives and how we wish we could write our stories, Roxane was living the American dream. Idealized dreams—where we are the sole author and only wonderful things happen to us—are rarely real. After obtaining her dream job in Minneapolis, pieces of Roxane’s life began to crumble. Her marriage fell apart, leaving her a single mom to her eleven-month-old son, Jarod. For her, it was an accomplishment simply to keep it together on camera every day.
Even with a dream career and a television presence that looked polished and wonderful, life became difficult for Roxane. She was struggling financially and a strong sense of loneliness overwhelmed her. Things became so difficult that it was hard to keep food on the table. This was not the story she had written in her mind. This was not where she wanted to be.
Today, circumstances have improved for Roxane. She knows how easy it would have been for her to become bitter about the obstacles in her path. Her life mantra today and through everything has been, “No matter your situation, you have a choice. I chose joy.”
After coming through difficult circumstances, Roxane’s goal is to share that journey with others. By sharing our stories, people with similar struggles realize that they are not alone. Roxane shares her story in her book, Pockets of Joy.
May Roxane inspire us to share the stories of our lives—not to simply gloss over the difficult chapters, but to allow people to see our brokenness so they, too, can be healed.
To read Roxane's story, find her book by clicking here