Kristie and Kirstie Bronner

“I definitely do not feel like I came to school perfect,” said Kirstie Bronner. “I always felt like a 4.0 student was a genius, and I didn’t think that I was a genius. I still don’t think I’m a genius. I’m a person who prays hard and works hard. That’s it.”

That was one of the many things the Bronner twins said that inspired me to tighten up my spiritual walk. I had to the pleasure of interviewing Kristie and Kirstie Bronner last month for InsideSpelman.com. The identical twins had just been named co-valedictorians of Spelman College’s 2013 graduating class and were beaming with excitement.

“We were very excited because we had prayed about this a long time ago before we came to Spelman. When we were still in high school, we prayed that we would both make the Dean’s list every semester, that God would give us favor with all of our teachers, that He would help us with study habits, and that we would make straight A’s all through school,” said Kirstie.

When you interact with Kirstie and Kristie it is clear that not only are they beautiful and intelligent, but they are also anchored in God’s Word. They have a spiritual maturity that is not only present in their words, but also evident in their actions. I walked away from meeting them meditating on Matthew 7:15-20:

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

Kristie-and-Kristie-with-family_isKristie and Kirstie are the daughters of popular Atlanta minister Bishop Dale C. Bronner, pastor of Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral. I’ve followed Bishop Bronner’s ministry for about eight years, and I’ve always been impressed with his ability to teach and mirror God’s Word, but speaking with his daughters gave me a newfound respect for him. They are his fruit, two young women that he and his wife, Nina (also my Spelman sister), have nurtured and cared for for the last 22 years. They are the most apparent testament of his teachings, teachings that obviously work. So when Kristie began to share advice for incoming freshman, I listened and made plans to apply her words of wisdom to my life.

“My advice would be to keep their priorities in order,” said Kristie. “Make sure you keep God first because you cannot achieve everything you’re supposed to achieve in life in your own strength. Always include God. Allow Him to guide you. Allow Him to give you wisdom. Use that wisdom. Pray before you study, before you read, before you take your test, before you write your papers. And then allow Him to give you strength. Pray even for energy when you’re tired. Actually believe God to be your ever present help that He wants to be. And then work hard. Work like it’s all up to you and pray like it’s all up to God. Pay now; play later. Work extremely hard during the school week, but make sure you get at least seven hours of sleep, or whatever, you need so you can function properly and don’t fall asleep in class. And on the weekends have balance.”

I’ve been taking Kristie’s advice, and already it’s made a huge difference.

Read more about Kristie and Kirstie in “Seeing Double: Twin Valedictorians Achieve Success with Balance” on InsideSpelman.com. And enjoy this video of Erin Coleman from WSB-TV interviewing Kristie and Kirstie.

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