My mentor, Dr. Myles Munroe, is dead. In 24 hours I would have been boarding a plane to Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, to join heads of state, business leaders, Church leaders, and fellow mentees, for the annual and iconic Global Leadership Summit. I was so excited and about to start packing, when I happened to log on to my I-pad and a message was awaiting me. My mentor, Dr Myles Munroe; his wife Ruth-Ann; his senior pastor and brother-in-law Dr. Richard Pinder; his freshly minted Youth Pastor, Lavard ‘Manifest’ Parks with his entire family; my fellow mentee King Diego; and, his two pilots had all died in a horrific plane crash. They were on their way to the Global Leadership Summit like so many of us. I do not know if I can even begin to put into words what I feel. Maybe that I will wake up in a few hours and be told this was all a bad dream.
You may not know who Dr. Myles Munroe was and quite possibly, you might not even care. Understandable. When I met Dr. (grandpa) Myles, I was dying! It was at a time when I had accomplished some major feats in my life. A few degrees; a great career; my own home by age 28; a nice luxury car; and, a few awesome friends. What you wouldn’t have known just by looking at me, was that I was so depressed I had literally started praying for death to come. With all of my success, I was lost, unfulfilled, discontented, miserable! I had even quit “going to church”. That was probably the best move I’d ever made in my life because it was during that period of intense turmoil and loss, while surfing the Bahamas Faith Ministry International website, I discovered the Myles Munroe Leadership Mentoring Program. It proved to be a divine orchestration and quite honestly, divine intervention. For the first time in months, I started feeling that, just maybe, I had not even started living!
The program with Dr. Myles Munroe lasted 3 years. It was a journey into self-discovery. I learnt things about myself I had never, ever known existed. The process helped unearth potentials and hidden passions deep down on the inside of me. My entire life was revolutionized. I had finally discovered my purpose for being on the planet and I had a clear picture or vision of my assignment. After emerging from my very first Global Leadership Summit in November 2012, I enrolled in the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Nova Southeastern. This was a monumental move, for you see, I had no background at all in the Humanities. My background is exclusively Environmental Science and Engineering. Dr. Myles personally placed a call to me after I sent him an email concerning my intentions to “abandon” my current career path to pursue this new avenue. He told me unequivocally and without apology, “Ms. Bryce, do not do that. Find a way to marry the two fields and make them work together”. Make them work together? How in the world….?
Needless to say, I did and I am finding a way. My organization; Building According To Pattern, LLC, the avenue through which I am finding a way to heed Dr. Myles Munroe’s instructions, was also birthed out of that Global Leadership Summit experience. “Empowering others, through the process of self-discovery and the pursuit of their tailored purpose, to build their lives by design”; is the mission of this organization. An organization that Dr. Myles Munroe helped stir up the gift in me to give birth to. He gave me my voice. Now I am the primary author for the Building According To Pattern Blog Series; host of the widely listened to biweekly Building According To Pattern Podcast Series; I serve as a personal development coach and mentor to at-risk high school students as well as to other demography; and, I am an empowerment speaker. One day I will travel the globe to speak internationally as my mentor, grandpa Myles had spent more than half of his life doing.
If it sounds like bragging to you, you are absolutely right! I will brag in this regard because the world will know that Dr. Myles Munroe’s life was in no way impact-less. I will never, ever be the same and I commit to spending the rest of my life living out my purpose as he did his. His purpose ignited mine and I am equally as passionate about igniting the purposes of others. One of his mantras that I will always hold dear to my heart lies in this one statement; “Don’t just die, die empty”.
I will never understand the sovereignty of our King, the Lord God. I will likely never understand why Dr. Myles had to go now, of all the times. One thing I do know is that, as horrible as this situation is for so many of us who loved and cherished this man and his wife so dearly, he lived on purpose. He gave his all. I am satisfied in knowing that, my mentor, Dr. Myles Munroe is now ’empty’. His legacy will undoubtedly live on.