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Does anyone remember when Kanye West got on the stage during the 2009 Grammy Awards and took over Taylor Swift's mic when he thought Beyoncé deserved the award instead of her? Well, after that happened many more people knew who Taylor Swift was. I mean almost every major news outlet carried the story. It was huge. So huge that Kanye said he, 'put her on the map.' Fast forward to the 2016 Grammys and Taylor makes a memorable speech that many are saying was meant for Kanye.

What she said got me thinking, because she had a point. This is a summary of her acceptance speech: '...there are going to be people along the way who will try to take credit for your accomplishments/fame, but don’t let those people sidetrack you because when you look around, you’ll know it was you and the people who love you who got you there" (

My first interpretation of what Taylor Swift said is this (to which I totally agree): watch out for the people who say they're responsible for your success, because they told you something they think is a great revelation or so profound. Watch out for the people who went out their way to do some things for you only to say, "after all I did for her", when you helped them too. Usually these people are not telling you anything you didn't already know. Usually these people didn't do anything more special than you did for each other. And be careful about letting such people "help" you, because many times they're only trying to help themselves. It doesn't take too long to figure them out. The best thing to do is to steer clear of them.

The bottom line is that Taylor Swift was already popular before Kanye West stormed the stage. What he meant for her demise, instead catapulted her into the mainstream faster than she would have probably gotten there, without his big mouth.

Isn't it fascinating in the world of Christiandome when the Lord will set a table before your enemies when they want to say or do something against you only for it to blow up in their faces? My second interpretation of Taylor's message to Kanye is: 'if you're trying to ride my bootstraps, because you see something in me that can perhaps help yourself, then I will kindly ask you to please have several seats, because you are found out. I don't need your put-ups or tear-downs. Oh and your input to my success? Zero.'

Moral of the story?

We have to watch what we say, do, and how we act around the people who see our greatness and want to go along for the ride when they are doing absolutely nothing to help us get there. If they're not praying for us and our family, if they're not sticking with us, if they don't accept us for us, and if they're not there for us whenever we need them, then I have another speech Taylor could have used: "Bye Bye."

Be smart. 


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