BEHIND THE BLOG
CARLA L. BENDER
Carla Bender is a native of Oklahoma City, OK. Carla attended Eisenhower Senior High School in Lawton, Oklahoma and graduated with honors in the top 10% of her high school class. Upon completion of high school, Carla graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors from Jackson State University in Jackson, MS in Spring 2009 on a full 4-year Army ROTC Scholarship. She received her Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting. Carla also holds a graduate degree from Webster University in St. Louis, MO where she received a M.A. in Human Resources Management.
During her tenure at Jackson State, Carla served as a JSU Cheerleader and Tumbler and became a member of the Delta Pi Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Upon graduation, she commissioned as an officer in the United States Army through the JSU Army R.O.T.C. program.
Carla is a dedicated and devout Christian who is devoted to using and sharing her gifts and talents for the upbuilding of the body of Christ and the greater good of society. Carla is a philanthropist, inspirational blog writer, motivational speaker, singer, songwriter and inspirational recording artist who uses her gifts to uplift and encourage others in Christ.
Carla is a firm believer in Jesus Christ and her ultimate goal in life is to live to please God by carrying out His purpose for her life through spreading the Message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and by being a vessel that He can use to help others according to His plan for their life.
1 Corinthians 9:15-23 The Message (MSG)
15-18 Still, I want it made clear that I’ve never gotten anything out of this for myself, and that I’m not writing now to get something. I’d rather die than give anyone ammunition to discredit me or impugn my motives. If I proclaim the Message, it’s not to get something out of it for myself. I’m compelled to do it, and doomed if I don’t! If this was my own idea of just another way to make a living, I’d expect some pay. But since it’s not my idea but something solemnly entrusted to me, why would I expect to get paid? So am I getting anything out of it? Yes, as a matter of fact: the pleasure of proclaiming the Message at no cost to you. You don’t even have to pay my expenses!
19-23 Even though I am free of the demands and expectations of everyone, I have voluntarily become a servant to any and all in order to reach a wide range of people: religious, nonreligious, meticulous moralists, loose-living immoralists, the defeated, the demoralized—whoever. I didn’t take on their way of life. I kept my bearings in Christ—but I entered their world and tried to experience things from their point of view. I’ve become just about every sort of servant there is in my attempts to lead those I meet into a God-saved life. I did all this because of the Message. I didn’t just want to talk about it; I wanted to be in on it!