Lisa Renee Pitts is a veteran and award-winning (multiple Critic Circle and NAACP Theater) actress on stage, film, and television. You may recognize her from the highly acclaimed music biopic, “STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON,” playing Verna Griffin. After graduating from Rutgers University, Lisa began her career in her hometown, NYC, where she graced the stage with numerous artists, such as Leslie Uggam and Chita Rivera on Broadway, in Regional Theaters, and in Europe. You may have also seen Lisa in her numerous TV roles, which include “The Shield,” “The Practice, “Lincoln Heights,” and many others, or in her many national commercials. Lisa is an award-winning audiobook narrator and producer, motivational speaker, and ministry leader. Most recently, you may have seen her in LA at the Mark Taper Forum’s 30th Anniversary production of “Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992.”


Kathleen Cooke: The industry is a rollercoaster. You often feel out of control, having to wait and wait for projects and productions to happen. What have you learned about how to stay in control when you can’t be in control?

Lisa Renee Pitts: Most recently, God has taught me, or rather He has reminded me once again, that He is in control, at all times, all by Himself. His timing is not my timing and whether I can “see” His hand moving or not, I can stand on Deuteronomy 31:6 (NKJV) “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

Kathleen: Our days are full of choices. What has God taught you about making the right choices?

Lisa: Making choices – GOD FIRST! Lay every choice you have before God, first, asking, “Will this choice represent who you have called me to be?… who I know myself to be.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Glory to God! We can go straight to the source for direction and clarity regarding every decision we have to make. What a blessing! Go to God first!

Kathleen: The Bible tells us in Nehemiah 8:10, “…the joy of the Lord is our strength.” We often forget this when we’re in the midst of suffering. And there’s lots of suffering today. What have you learned to do when suffering happens?

 Lisa: As I began to mature in my walk with God, I could clearly see the toll long-suffering was having in my life (sickness, isolation, depression, anger.) I could also see that I needed to change the way in which I responded to that season of suffering. My first step was accepting that suffering is indeed a part of life. With that in mind, I learned to develop a “spiritual tool kit”; daily practices to help me build myself back up in Christ Jesus. In my kit are reminders to increase my prayer and meditation time with God. I have scriptures in my kit that emphasize that God is always with me and for me. One of my go-to scriptures is 1 John 4:4 (KJV): “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world”. Also in my kit are online bible studies and sermons I can listen to and watch that break down on how to spiritually move through the pain. To add, I’ve assembled an accountability circle of family and friends to my kit to lean on, confide in, and walk with so that I don’t have to carry the heaviness alone.

Lastly, I’ve set prompts for myself to rest, guard my tongue, and join with others to move/exercise while working to make healthy food choices that renew my mind, body, and spirit. No, it’s not easy, and yes, it does take time and grit. As with any storm in life, preparation is key. If you do the work now, before the storm, when a season of suffering comes, which it eventually will, you’ll be better prepared to fight the good fight of faith. What’s in your kit?

Kathleen: What has God taught you about your job as an influencer?

Lisa: I have come to realize that to be an influencer, or to have influence, is a great gift from God. It is a wonderful responsibility that is not to be taken lightly! I am reminded of Proverbs 22:1 (AMP): “A good name (earned by honorable behavior, godly wisdom, moral courage, and personal integrity) is more desirable than great riches; and favor is better than silver or gold.” You know why? Because that good name, that honorable behavior and wisdom and courage and integrity breeds influence! That influence will draw others to us, not for our own selfish gain, but for the glory of God. Matthew 5:16 (KJV) says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” That’s what influence can do! That’s what we are called to do… so go ahead and let your light so shine.

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