Dolly Parton can still remember the moment she discovered her God-given purpose.
During a sit-down interview with The Christian Post and other reporters last month, the country music legend and cultural icon recalled how, as a little girl raised in the Smoky Mountains, an old woman once told her: “You are anointed.”
“We grew up in the church and my grandpa was a Pentecostal preacher,” Parton recalled. “So healing and praying and being anointed and all that stuff, that was nothing new to us, ‘cause we survived because of our faith in God to get us through and all that. But when that old lady told me that I was anointed, I didn’t know what that was. I was just thinking it was like, olive oil.”
When Parton asked her mother to explain what the old woman meant, she responded, “That means that God has His hand on you; that you may do something special.”
“That,” the award-winning singer added, “triggered a faith in me because I believe that I was supposed to do something good. After she told me that, I thought, ‘Well then this is my responsibility. I’m going to do something good.’”
“So I kinda held that also in the back of my mind, whether that was predestined or not, or whether I just took that little grain of faith and made that so for myself,” the “Jolene” singer continued.
“I never let go of that. I always felt responsible to God that I was supposed to be doing something for God. I still feel like that, and I’m still doing it, trying to. Sinning all the way, but trying my best, and asking forgiveness seventy times seven.”
At the age of 18, Parton left rural Tennessee and followed her passion for singing to Nashville. It wasn’t long before she launched a music and acting career that spanned decades, selling over 100 million albums worldwide and winning numerous awards.
One of the most beloved public figures in the world, Parton’s charitable and philanthropic efforts are as notable as her music.
She’s worked to improve literacy and promote education through programs such as her Imagination Library, which has given away over 100 million books to children around the world since 1995. In her hometown of Tennessee, she raised over $11 million to help those affected by the fires that ravaged Sevier County in 2016.
“Every day I pray for God to lead me and to take out all the wrong things, wrong people in my life, and bring all the right things, right people, and to let me glorify Him and uplift mankind — to do something in this world to make it a little better than it was. And let me be a light and a vessel to be used,” Parton explained of her charitable efforts.
“I just wanted to do what I can in this world to make things better if I can, and I’m in a position to do it. If you get in a position to help, you should help,” she added.
And at 73 years of age, the legendary singer said she’s not quitting anytime soon.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett