God does not view people the same way our culture views people. People who change the world do not have to come from wealthy or powerful families. God does not believe in or operate caste systems. He shows no preferential treatment toward anyone. Sometimes, God uses fishermen to change the world—to turn history upside down. It should come as no surprise to us when God uses people from humble beginnings to impact their towns, societies, cultures, and the world.
Dr. Myles Munroe is one such person. God looked past his circumstances and into his heart, and saw a leader. Dr. Munroe and his ten siblings were born to poor parents in the Bahamas. In the two-bedroom shack in which he was raised, many of the children slept on the floor among rats and cockroaches. His mother gave him his first advice about leadership when he was five years old: “The more you watch TV, you will never get on TV.” From that point forward, he tried to spend his free time reading books instead of watching television.
Without any plans to become a minister, Dr. Munroe led a Bible study while working for the government of the Bahamas. He became very passionate about the Bible study and this was one of the things that led him into ministry. God’s plan required him to leave his government job.
Dr. Munroe’s big break occurred when he attended a conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma. One night during the conference, the hand of God was moving and the scheduled speaker was unable to attend. Dr. Munroe was chosen to speak instead—on the same night that there was television and radio coverage of the event. This opportunity converged with his preparation and a God-ordained moment was seized.
Dr. Munroe went on to become an international motivational speaker, best-selling author, educator, leadership mentor, and consultant for government and business. He traveled throughout the world to talk about the maximization of individual potential, including the transformation of followers into leaders. He became the founder and executive producer of a number of radio and television programs that aired worldwide, and also wrote various Bible editions, journals, and magazines.
Tragically, Dr. Myles Munroe and his wife were killed in a plane crash in 2014. Afterward, Perry Christie, the prime minister of the Bahamas, said, “It is utterly impossible to measure the magnitude of Dr. Munroe’s loss to the Bahamas and to the world. He was indisputably one of the most globally recognizable religious figures our nation has ever produced. His fame as an ambassador for the Christian ministry preceded him wherever in the world he travelled.”
When we think on the life of Dr. Munroe, let us celebrate a man who did not see his circumstances as a limitation. Instead, he left his humble home to form an international ministry.
-Brian for Faith In Store
This month, join me in reading Dr. Munroe’s book, Becoming a Leader, by clicking here.
For a full list of the resources we offer from Dr. Munroe and Bahamas Faith Ministries International, click here.